Combining theatrical sensibilities with digital video to deliver stunning live events with Adobe Creative Cloud
From musical performances to runway shows, more and more live events are incorporating high-tech video displays to take the experience to the next level. Nick Dew and Jack James combined their video and theater backgrounds to found Really Creative Media, a London-based agency that specializes in digital and live production. The company uses Adobe Creative Cloud to craft video, lighting, and audio content that helps pop stars, fashion houses, and film premieres shine. Recently, the team brought their magic to the Queen + Adam Lambert tour, allowing the rock legends to honor their late band mate Freddie Mercury.
Today we’re announcing the release of Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.2, which contains some important editing enhancements, including support for Arri Open Gate media, the ability to set transitions and still image default durations in seconds or frames and Cineform Export improvements. We’ve also improved scrubbing and shuttling in long GOP MXF files. In addition, QuickTime and Cineform codecs are now available for use as sequence preview file formats on Windows.
The 2014.2 update is expected to be available to Creative Cloud members by the end of the day. Download Premiere Pro CC (2014.2) via Creative Cloud on your desktop, or online through your Creative Cloud account.
For this release, we focused our efforts on addressing the most critical issues that affect customer workflows. With this goal in mind, a large number known issues and bugs have been fixed. Here are some of the notable issues resolved:
• XDCAM HD proxy files appear with red frames
• Crash using ripple trim on a grouped clip
• Missing clips after Consolidating and Transcoding overlapping subclips
• Crash when pressing Setup button of a AE-style transition
• Comment Markers added to a merged clip get added to constituent clips, but the Name & Comments are not saved
• Stop playback command ignored when editing or playing a multicam sequence
• Crash exiting Direct Manipulation mode in Program monitor
• Duplicate clips are missing from resulting project after Consolidate and Transcode
• Crash when exporting AAF from a sequence containing clips opacity and scaling
• GoPro 2.7K footage cannot be smart rendered when height is not evenly divisible by 8
• Crash when exporting AAF with disabled clips that have cross fades applied
• Turning on audio waveforms makes sequence unresponsive
• Audio drop out during loop playback
• MXF Media with Posterize Time Effect will not render
• Audio dropouts during shuttling
• Audio drops out while playing out to tape
• Consolidate and Transcode with a custom P2 preset does not work correctly
• Multiple accelerator files are generated on a network shared media cache location
• Switching between projects that use the same workspace, all open Project panels get reset to root
• Audio pops and surges during an audio transition
• Export AAF with 24 bit embed option creates distorted audio files
• Corrupt frames when rendering Sapphire effects and transitions
• Crash on launch if OS X update has changed permissions for certain folders to Read-Only
The Adobe Media Encoder CC (2014.2) update will be available today as part of your Creative Cloud membership. This update includes features enhancements and a number of fixes. See below for details.
Downloading Media Encoder CC (2014.2)
The 2014.2 update is expected to be available to Creative Cloud members by the end of the day. Download Media Encoder CC (2014.2) via Creative Cloud on your desktop, or online through your Creative Cloud account.
Please note that as of the 2014 release, Media Encoder CC now has its own installer. That said, installing updates to Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2014 and later) will trigger the Media Encoder CC installation.
Media Encoder CC (2014.1) Enhanced Features
Destination Publishing to YouTube and Vimeo
This release of Media Encoder includes new Destination Publishing options for uploading to YouTube and Vimeo. You will find these under the Publish tab in the Export Settings dialog box. The first time you use the feature, you will need to log in to YouTube and Vimeo with your username and password to upload your rendered files to these destinations.
Updated Vimeo presets
The h.264 Vimeo presets have been updated in accordance with guidance from Vimeo. The presets are now also set to match the frame rate of your source material.
Append preset name
There is now an option in the Media Encoder preferences that will include the name of your preset at the end of the output file name. Enable this option in the Media Encoder Preferences by checking “Append preset name to filename”.
Abort on failed decode
We have added an option to abort the encode if a decode error is detected. At this time, this functionality only applies to MXF source files. You can enable the option in Preferences by checking “Stop current item if decode errors are detected”.
Export channels as separate WAV files
We have added an option to the WAV format that will allow you to create a separate file for each channel of audio in your source file. You can enable this option by choosing Waveform Audio as your format and from the Export Settings dialog, checking “Export each channel as a separate file”.
Updated GoPro CineForm presets
In the 2014.1 release of Media Encoder there was a mismatch between the GoPro CineForm presets and the bit-depth of the resulting output. The export settings and presets have been renamed to correctly match the expected output. The following presets are available for the GoPro CineForm codec:
- GoPro CineForm RGB 12-bit with alpha at Maximum Bit Depth
- GoPro CineForm RGB 12-bit with alpha
- GoPro CineForm YUV 10-bit
We have also added a tooltip to the Quality slider to make it easier to determine what level of quality you are selecting.
Please see this post for more information: http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2014/10/gopro-cineform-codec-settings.html
Success chime” and “goat noise now turned off by default
After a successful render, Media Encoder will no longer play a chime sound by default. More importantly for some users, the “goat noise” will no longer play after a failed render! If you love the goat, or miss the sweet sound of success, you can still turn these sounds back on in Preferences.
Media Encoder CC (2014.1) Bug Fixes
- Fixed: Various fixes for CC and FTP upload
- Fixed: Smart rendering ProRes sources is very slow
- Fixed: ProRes XQ sources decode with incorrect gamma setting
- Fixed: Some DNxHD source decoded with all red frames
- Fixed: Some h.264 exports were using the wrong colorspace
- Fixed: PNG image sequence export was very slow
- Fixed: In some situations timecode overlay would drift out of sync
- Fixed: Compatibility issues with Adobe Media Encoder output and Encore
- Fixed: Some MPEG2 exports muxed with Dolby Digital audio would play out of sync in non-Adobe applications
Pricing and availability
Today’s updates to Creative Cloud are expected to be available to Creative Cloud members by the end of the day as part of their membership at no additional cost. For new customers interested in trying them out, free trials of all of the Creative Cloud applications are available, including Adobe Media Encoder CC (2014.2) https://creative.adobe.com/products/media-encoder
To join Creative Cloud, special promotional pricing is available to customers who own Adobe Creative Suite 3 or later. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, photographers, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. For pricing details, visit: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud.html#buy
Makers of Video Game High School tackle 4K and connect with aspiring filmmakers with help from Adobe Creative Cloud
Millions of subscribers to the web show Video Game High School are a testament to the idea that if you produce it, they will come. In 2010, University of Southern California graduate Freddie Wong began making the kinds of videos he wanted to watch and posting them on YouTube. More than one billion views later, RocketJump, the production company he co-founded with partners Dez Dolly and Matthew Arnold, is showing no signs of slowing down. In addition to securing a content deal with Lionsgate, the young company is paying it forward by launching RocketJump Film School to teach aspiring filmmakers the tricks of the trade.
Production company creates third season of hit series with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Established in 1994, Off the Fence is an award-winning integrated content company headquartered in Amsterdam. The company creates high-quality non-fiction and independent films for international co- production partners including National Geographic, BBC, Discovery, Voom, NHK, France Télévisions, Arte, Canal Plus, BR, ZDF, NDR, and The History Channel.
One popular show produced by Off The Fence for The History Channel is Stan Lee’s Superhumans. Myth meets reality as the hosts of Stan Lee’s Superhumans search the globe for real people with extraordinary powers. Launched in 2010—together with Stan Lee, co-creator of superheroes such as Spiderman, X-Men, Iron Man, and The Avengers—the show has gained a large and enthusiastic following of fans for The History Channel and now H2.
Series Producer Andrew Zikking, brings more than 15 years of experience across a wide variety of genres for UK broadcasters, to this successful U.S. brand. For the third season of Superhumans, Zikking has been using Adobe Premiere Pro CC to replace the company’s existing Apple Final Cut Pro platform.