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Help & Tutorial | Editing After Effects text templates in Premiere Pro

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The tighter integration of After Effects and Premiere Pro in the 2014 release of Creative Cloud makes editing text in After Effects templates easier than ever before.

The “Live Text Templates” feature lets you edit, duplicate, or modify an After Effects template right inside Premiere Pro’s timeline. The neat thing about this feature is that you can modify the text without altering the imagery or graphics surrounding the text.

Read through the detailed Help article and try the step-by-step tutorial with sample files to learn more about the feature.

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Learn to import and edit animated text motion graphics created in After Effects within Premiere Pro.

Step-by-step tutorial with sample files

The tutorial provides you sample files to try out the Live Text Templates feature for yourself.

Help & Tutorial | How to blur moving faces in a video

So you shot a really nice street video bustling with people, and you want to showcase your video on the Web. But before that, you want to blur the faces of people to protect their identity. And since you captured a moving crowd, you also want to ensure that the faces continue to remain blurred as they move from frame to frame through the video.

Sounds like a daunting task?

Not any more. The new Masking and Tracking feature in Adobe Premiere Pro CC makes it easier than ever to blur out a portion of a frame and track it across the video in just a few clicks! Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself.

Video tutorial

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In this 5-min video tutorial, learn how to apply a feathered mask to protect a person’s identity and then track that mask as it moves across the frame in a scene.

The tutorial provides you sample files to try out the feature for yourself.

 

 

Help articles

After you figure out how easy it is to draw and track an effect mask over a portion of a video frame, learn about the finer nuances like inverting mask selection, copying and pasting masks between clips, and more at: Masking and Tracking in Premiere Pro CC.

When you want to use more advanced masking features, you can  simply jump into Adobe After Effects CC. Read more about it at Using the Rigid Mask Tracker in After Effects.

 

 

What’s New and Changed in Premiere Pro CC (2014 release)

premierepro_2xThe 2014 release of Premiere Pro CC is available for download.

Like with the past CC releases of Premiere Pro, the 2014 release is again filled with many block-buster features: tighter integration with After Effects, Master Clip Effects, support for fonts from Typekit, and several more useful features that make your video editing easier than ever.

 

Top new features

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  • Masking and tracking workflows from After Effects within Premiere Pro
  • Live text templates to edit text layers in After Effects compositions directly in Premiere Pro
  • Master Clip effects to automatically ripple down an effect applied to a master clip to all portions of the master clips used in sequences
  • Support for thousands of fonts from Typekit, auto-saving projects to Creative Cloud, and migration of sync settings
  • Audio-related enhancements like, voice-over recording from the Timeline, and maintaining audio pitch during recording
  • Cross-platform support for video effects and transitions
  • New delivery formats, enhanced graphic performance, native format support, and much, much more

Learn more

For a complete summary of the features, don’t miss reading the  New Features Summary. This document takes a much deeper look at the new features and provides links to detailed feature articles.

To learn more about the features through tutorials, we have a library of video tutorials and projects to try at the Premiere Pro CC Learn & Support page.

Help & Tutorial | Import, Relink Media in Adobe Premiere Pro

The first step to editing a video is to bring your media into Premiere Pro. For any video that you want to edit, you will need to import assets, like video and audio, into your Premiere Pro project.

You can import files into Premiere Pro by using the Import dialog box or by using the Media Browser. The Media Browser is especially helpful in navigating through complex file structures to get to the files you need, giving you quick access to all your assets while you edit your video.

Even when you move assets between computers or hard disks, or rename your files, Premiere Pro makes it easy to locate and relink offline or missing media assets.

To get you up and running with media management in Premiere Pro, we have a hands-on video tutorial and a bunch of detailed Help articles.

Video tutorial

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Click here for the tutorial on importing and relinking media in Premiere Pro

In this short and engaging tutorial, you can download sample video assets to follow along and learn about importing files, previewing clips, finding clips, and relinking media.

 

Help articles

Once you’re familiar with importing and managing your media, you can check out the following Help articles for detailed information about:

Creative Cloud Jan 2014 release | What’s New and Changed

Last week, there was some BIG news from the Adobe world. We had a major update to Creative Cloud with several new features across our core Design tools — Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Read on for a quick introduction to the new features of this release and links to resources offering more information.

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3D Printing capabilities –  The powerful and new 3D printing features in Photoshop CC let you create, refine, preview, and print your 3D designs to a 3D printer. Watch Stephen Nielson, Photoshop Product Manager, demonstrate the 3D printing features in this video.

Linked Smart Objects - Linked Smart Objects, one of the niftiest features of this release, makes it easier than ever for designers to work on collaborative projects. Using linked smart objects, you can use and share objects across multiple Photoshop documents. This feature is  extremely useful for teams to reuse assets across designs, helping you reduce file size, time, and errors.

Watch Julieanne Kost, Principal Evangelist for Photoshop and Lightroom, gives a demo of this feature. We also have a quick tutorial that lets you try out this feature.

Perspective Warp – The Perspective Warp feature lets you easily manipulate perspective distortion in parts of your image while keeping other areas of your image intact. This feature is also useful in compositing multiple objects into a single image. Andrew Trice from Adobe explains this feature in good detail in this blog post. You can also try out Perspective Warp using this tutorial.

Learn more - Besides these key features, there are a many more enhancements and new features as described in this What’s New article.

There are also several JDI (Just Do It) features that make a big difference to your productivity in using Photoshop. Read more about the JDIs in John Nack’s blog post , and also watch this very awesome Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC video by Julieanne Kost.

You can also check out all the training videos for Photoshop CC on Creative Cloud Learn.

 

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The update to Illustrator CC brings powerful new tools and functionality including precise drawing and typography tools. Adobe’s Rufus Deuchler provides a quick tour of all the new features.

Live Corners - The new Live Corners feature lets you easily edit the corners of shapes and paths in your artwork. To know more about this feature, see this Help article. You can also get a hands-on experience of this feature by trying out this tutorial.

Using Typekit fonts –  When you sync Typekit fonts to your computer through the Creative Cloud application, you can view your Typekit fonts from within Illustrator CC.  The fonts that you have subscribed to on Typekit appear alongside locally installed fonts. Read more about using Typekit fonts in Illustrator CC.

Enhanced Pencil Tool - The Pencil Tool offers improvements in several areas, like curve-fitting, auto-closing of paths, etc., making it more intuitive to draw in Illustrator. For detailed information on this feature, see this article.

Path Segment Reshape - The Path Segment Reshape feature lets you quickly and easily modify existing objects and change the view of perspective drawings. Try out this tutorial to use the new Pencil Tool and the Path Segment Reshape feature.

Learn more - The What’s New article for Illustrator CC provides all the details of the new and changed features in this release.

You can also check out all the training videos for Illustrator CC on Creative Cloud Learn.

 

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EPUB enhancements – InDesign CC now supports for EPUB 3.0 specification including new ways to add interactivity to eBooks, like adding pop-up footnotes, greater control over EPUB export, and more.  For detailed information, watch this video.

Using Typekit fonts -  Like Illustrator CC, InDesign also lets you sync Typekit fonts to your computer through the Creative Cloud application.  This Help article provides you step-by-step details to use Typekit fonts in InDesign. You can also see this video to know more.

Simplified hyperlink creation – InDesign CC makes it incredibly easy to create and edit hyperlinks. In this video, Rufus Deuchler shows you how you can easily manage hyperlinks in InDesign CC.

Learn more – For a complete list of the new features in this release, see the What’s New article for InDesign CC.

You can also check out all the training videos for InDesign CC on Creative Cloud Learn.

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SpeedGrade CC – What’s New and Changed

Continuing with the “What’s New and Changed” series, this post talks of the new features and updates in SpeedGrade CC.

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The first thing you’ll notice when you launch SpeedGrade is the redesigned user interface. The user interface provides a more familiar screen layout for Adobe Premiere Pro users. The important tools and controls that you need are available for immediate access, helping you quickly accomplish your grading tasks. Besides the change to the look-and-feel, you also have many new features. Read on to know more.

 

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Look Management Browser

The Look tab now has a Look Management Browser to effectively organize, view, or minimize the Look presets (.look files) that you save. The Look Management Browser provides three different views to display Look presets. Read more here.

Snapshot View and Snapshot Browser

The Snapshot view that lets you quickly capture and save a snapshot of your footage. You can capture still images of your grades to use as a scene reference, or to guide grading on other shots. You can view the images using the Snapshot browser. What I really love about this feature is that you use an external image as a reference to grade your footage. For example, you can  import images from other applications, such as Adobe Photoshop, and use it as reference. For more information, see Matching a Photoshop grade.

Shot Matcher

Here’s another awesome feature in the release! The new Shot Matcher automates the process of matching color between different clips. You can quickly compare multiple shots on the timeline using the Continuity Checker, and match the color grading as required. See this video to believe. And read more at Continuity Checker and Shot Matcher.

New Luma Waveform

The new Luma Waveform scope displays a representation of the luminance of your images, helping you achieve precise black-and-white balancing. SpeedGrade now groups together all the image analysis tools, and is available from a separate Analysis Tools panel.  You can view the analysis tools in a flexible layout display by using the Scopes Layout pop-up menu. For more information, see Image analysis tools.

Other changes

There are more features and updates including expanded control surface support, Mercury Transmit support, Support for nVidia SDI, and several new and changed keyboard shortcuts. To know about all this and more, read the What’s New in SpeedGrade article.

Now that you’ve read about all the great new features. Here’s a quick guide to install SpeedGrade CC.

How to install SpeedGrade CC

  1. Go to https://creative.adobe.com, and sign in with your Adobe ID. Note: If you don’t have an Adobe ID, just click the Get Started link to help you with creating an Adobe ID.
  2. Click the Download Center link on the Top bar.
  3. Click the Download button next to the SpeedGrade icon.
  4. In the SpeedGrade Download page, click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

 

 

Premiere Pro CC – What’s New and Changed

 

premierepro_2xA brand new version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC is available now. And the invariable question – what’s new and changed? It’s packed with dozens of new features that will make your editing experience faster and more powerful than ever before. And what’s even better is with Adobe Premiere Pro CC part of Creative Cloud, you’ll can get access to new features the moment they’re released.  Read on to know more.

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How can you install Premiere Pro CC?

Installing Premiere Pro CC is easier and faster than ever before.

  1. Go to https://creative.adobe.com, and sign in with your Adobe ID.
    Note: If you don’t have an Adobe ID, just click the Get Started link to help you with creating an Adobe ID.
  2. Click the Download Center link on the Top bar.
  3. Click the Download button next to the Premiere Pro icon.
  4. In the Premiere Pro Download page, click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

What are the new features?

There are several new features and enhancements to enrich your digital video editing experience. Read on for a quick introduction to the new features and links to resources offering more information.

User Interface improvements

Premiere Pro provides several user interface improvements that include redesigned timeline with customizable track headers, improved title and action-safe guides, switching between video and audio waveforms with one click, and HiDPI support for an enhanced viewing experience. Read more here.

Editing Finesse

The editing finesse enhancements include auto-syncing multiple camera angles, merge clips automatically using audio waveforms, source patching and track targeting, and loads more. Read this article for more information.

Sync Settings

If you use Premiere Pro on multiple machines, the Sync Settings feature makes it easy for you to keep those settings synchronized across the machines.  You can sync your general preferences, keyboard shortcuts, presets, and libraries to the Creative Cloud. For more information, see Sync Settings.

Link & Locate

Premiere Pro now lets you easily locate and relink files that you move, rename, or transcode to different formats. For more information, see Relinking offline media.

Lumetri Deep Color Engine

Premiere Pro now includes the Lumetri Deep Color Engine, letting you instantly apply SpeedGrade .look files and pre-made Lookup Tables (LUTs) to your sequences from within Premiere Pro. For more information on using the new integrated Looks browser, see Apply SpeedGrade color-correction within Premiere Pro.

Precise audio control

You have several audio enhancements that include a new Audio Clip Mixer, improved multicam editing, sync footage using audio waveforms, and lots more. See Audio Enhancements for more information.

Adobe Anywhere Integration

Adobe Anywhere lets video teams effectively collaborate and access shared media across standard networks. You can you use local or remote networks to simultaneously access, stream, and work with remotely stored media. Heavy file transfers, duplicate media, and proxy files are not required. For more information, see Adobe Anywhere integration.

Support for Mezzanine codecs, native formats

Industry-standard mezzanine codecs and native video formats, such as the following, are now available within Premiere Pro:

  • Native MXF-wrapped DNxHD
  • Apple ProRes (decode only on Windows)
  • Sony XAVC
  • Panasonic AVCi200

To learn more about Premiere Pro’s expanded format support, see this video.

Closed Captioning

Premiere Pro CC provides a full set of closed caption features. You can import closed caption files into Premiere Pro, and add them to a sequence. You can edit the closed caption text, color, background, and the timing. For more information, see Closed Captioning.

And lots more!

There are several more features including improved Mercury Playback Engine, High-fidelity interchange, new keyboard shortcuts, and lots more. For the complete list of new features for this release, read these articles:

 

Your no-fluff guide to Adobe’s audio-video apps | Creative Cloud

Some great news to start your day with — your favorite digital audio-video apps are now available through Creative Cloud!

There’s oodles of goodness packed into these apps for both amateur video enthusiasts and professionals. I can write reams about all the great new features that we have, but since we already have such wonderful resources that provide you this information, I’ll just lay down the links. Without further ado, let me jump into the details.

 

audition_2xAdobe Audition

“Record, edit, and create audio files with Adobe Audition’s comprehensive set of waveform, spectral display, and multitrack tools. This powerful sound editing program is designed to accelerate audio production workflows while maintaining the highest standards for sound quality.” 

 

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in Adobe Audition CC | Adobe Audition CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows: Adobe Audition (help and tutorials) | Learn Audition CC video tutorials

Other Resources: Audition Help and Support page | Audition CC FAQ | Audition forums

Want to try or buy Audition CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

premierepro_2xAdobe Premiere Pro

“Import and freely combine any type of video media, from video shot on a phone to raw 5K, and then edit natively without wasting time transcoding. The ultimate toolset for video professionals, Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful, customizable, nonlinear editor that lets you edit video precisely the way you want.”

 

Getting Started: How to edit a video in Premiere Pro in less than an hour (learn-along tutorials)

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in Premiere Pro CC | Premiere Pro CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows: Premiere Pro (help and tutorials) | Learn Premiere Pro CC video tutorials

Other Resources: Premiere Pro Help and Support page | Premiere Pro CC FAQ | Premiere Pro forums

Want to try or buy Premiere Pro CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

aftereffects_2xAfter Effects

“Deliver cinematic visual effects and sophisticated motion graphics using the industry standard for animation and compositing that offers you complete creative control while delivering unparalleled performance.”

 

Getting Started: How to add effects, motion graphics in After Effects (learn-along tutorials)

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in After Effects CC | After Effects CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows: After Effects (help and tutorials) | Learn After Effects CC video tutorials |

Other Resources: After Effects Help and Support page | After Effects CC FAQ | After Effects forums

Want to try or buy After Effects CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

prelude_2xPrelude

“Tag and transcode video footage rapidly with Prelude, a video ingest and logging tool designed for intuitive, efficient metadata entry. Translates effortlessly into Adobe Premiere Pro, ensuring fluid communication and organization throughout the video production process.”

 

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in Prelude CC | Prelude CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows: Prelude (help and tutorials) | Learn Prelude CC video tutorials

Other Resources: Prelude Help and Support page | Prelude CC FAQ | Prelude forums

Want to try or buy Prelude CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

speedgrade_2xSpeedGrade

“SpeedGrade is a color grading application providing layer-based color correction and design tools to ensure that digital video projects are visually consistent and compelling. Featuring a broad palette of tools for refining and styling the look of recorded video, SpeedGrade is for editors, filmmakers, colorists, and visual effects artists who want their work to shine.”

 

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in SpeedGrade CC | SpeedGrade CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows SpeedGrade (help and tutorials) | Learn SpeedGrade CC video tutorials

Other Resources SpeedGrade Help and Support page | SpeedGrade CC FAQSpeedGrade forums

Want to try or buy SpeedGrade CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

 
 

Get started with Lightroom 5 – bring the best out of your photos!

My Twitter timeline is buzzing with news about the availability of Lightroom 5. So a blog post with all the details is in order!

What’s new in Lightroom 5?

Loads of stuff! Quoting from the product team’s blog post:

“ Lightroom 5 has all of your favorite features from Lightroom 5 beta including the Advanced Healing Brush, Upright, Radial Filter, Smart Previews, improved photo book creation, and slideshows that mix video and still images. The final version of Lightroom 5 also contains several new updates including more than 400 bug fixes, the ability to share photos using the Behance Publish Service and an expanded range on the Radial Filter’s feather slider.”

To find out more about the new features, camera support and new lens profile support, check out Lightroom Journal. Also watch this video for a quick overview.

Where can I learn more about the new features?

Two pages that you must bookmark are:

To quickly learn about some of the popular features, check out these resources:

Radial Filter: Help article | Video tutorial 

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Upright – Automatic Perspective Correction: Help article | Video tutorial  

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Advanced Healing Brush/ Enhanced Spot Removal Tool: Help article | Video tutorial

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Smart Previews: Help article | Video tutorial

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Image credits: Referenced from Lightroom Help articles on http://helpx.adobe.com


Where can I try or buy Lightroom 5?

You can try or buy Lightroom 5 on Adobe.com. Lightroom 5 is available as a standalone license and as part of Creative Cloud. It’s available as a free update to Creative Cloud members.


If I have questions about Lightroom 5, where can I ask?

The Adobe Forums are always the best place to ask all your questions. Head over to http://forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom, and join the conversation.