Archive for May, 2011

obscuring a face with the Track Matte Key effect

Colin Smith provides a video tutorial on Adobe TV that shows how to obscure a face using the Mosaic effect and the Track Matte Key effect in Adobe Premiere Pro.

He also shows a rough and manual way to do this in After Effects in this video. For a more automated and precise way to accomplish this in After Effects, see this video.

Video2Brain video series about Premiere Pro CS5.5 new and changed features

I recently recorded a set of video tutorials about all (yes, all) of the new and changed features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5.

The series is available for free on the Video2Brain website.

For details of the new and changed features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5—including links to these videos and others, as well as the relevant Help documents—see this page and the specific pages that it points to.

Once you’ve watched these videos, you’ll know the differences between Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and Premiere Pro CS5.5, so you’ll be able to make the relatively small number of adjustments necessary when using resources created for Premiere Pro CS5, such as these.

RED (R3D) digital cinema and Canon XF improvements in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 includes several additions and improvements to source settings for RED Digital Cinema (R3D) files, including new color science support (REDcolor2, REDgamma2, REDlogFilm, etc.) and better curves and levels UI.

See this video on the Video2Brain website for a summary of these new and changed features for RED (R3D) footage, as well as improvements made in the Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2) update.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 also includes enhanced native Canon XF support, including preview in the Media Browser and use of metadata.

For details of all of the new and changed features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, see this page.

Adobe has also released a preview version of advanced RED importer software that adds support for RED EPIC footage, as well as the following new features:

  • ability to rotate and flip footage based on the camera orientation flag in R3D metadata
  • support for Echo port in R3D Source Settings dialog box, so that the RED preview can be sent out to an external monitor
  • increased size of RED R3D Source Settings dialog on larger monitors
  • HDR track selection and HDR blend support

editing efficiencies and user interface improvements in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 includes many small changes to the user interface and terminology that make common editing features easier to use and find.

See this video on the Video2Brain website for a demonstration of these new and changed features:

  • Added ways to create a new sequence matching the characteristics of a clip: File > New > Sequence From Clip menu command and New Sequence From Clip context-menu command (i.e., command available when Control-clicking or right-clicking).
  • Added Sequence > Match Frame menu command.
  • Added overlay in Program panel that enables dragging of clips from the Media Browser, Project panel, or Source panel into the Program panel to perform an insert or overwrite edit
  • The Unlink command now decouples the audio portion of a clip while automatically deselecting the video portion. The Unlink command now works on multiple clips at the same time, as well.
  • Added ability to add keyframes directly into the timeline using the Pen tool or Selection tool without having to first enable keyframing.
  • Added ability to set keyframes without a modifier key.
  • Added menu command Sequence > Trim Edit to open the Trim Monitor.
  • Renamed General tab of New Sequence dialog box to Settings.
  • Renamed Desktop editing mode in the New Sequence dialog box to Custom.
  • Changed Overlay to Overwrite.
  • Changed CTI to Playhead in some places.
  • Changed Razor Tracks to Add Edit and Razor All Tracks to Add Edit To All Tracks.

For details of all of the new and changed features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, see this page.

improved keyboard shortcut customization in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 includes several welcome changes regarding keyboard shortcuts.

See this video on the Video2Brain website for a demonstration of these new and changed features:

For details of all of the new and changed features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, see this page.

You do not need new versions of plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

I’ve seen a significant amount of confusion about this, so I thought that it would be good to make this explicit statement:

You do not need new versions of plug-ins for Premiere Pro CS5.5. Plug-ins that work with Premiere Pro CS5 should work with Premiere Pro CS5.5.

I think that some of this confusion came from the need to get new versions of plug-ins when we advanced from Premiere Pro CS4 to Premiere Pro CS5. That was necessary because of the move from a 32-bit application to a 64-bit application. There is no such fundamental infrastructure change from Premiere Pro CS5 to Premiere Pro CS5.5.

You do need to make sure that the plug-ins are installed where Premiere Pro CS5.5 is looking for them. Premiere Pro CS5.5 has its own plug-ins folder, and it doesn’t look in the CS5 plug-ins folder, unless you tell it to do so (more on that in a bit). So, be sure to install the plug-ins in the right place.

By default, the plug-ins folder is in the following location:

  • (Windows) Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5\Support Files\Plug-ins
  • (Mac OS) Applications/Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5/Plug-ins

Premiere Pro also loads plug-ins from a MediaCore folder, which is intended to hold plug-ins shared between After Effects and Premiere Pro. Some third-party plug-in installers install their plug-ins in this folder. You should follow the instructions for these third-party plug-ins regarding how to install plug-ins for Premiere Pro CS5.5.

Here are links to the sites of some third-party plug-in providers, where they give instructions:

Tip: You can have an alias/shortcut in your CS5.5 plug-ins folder that points to the CS5 plug-ins folder. That way, when Premiere Pro is scanning the CS5.5 plug-ins folder for plug-ins to load, it’ll follow that alias/shortcut to the CS5 plug-ins folder and load plug-ins from there. Be careful if you decide to go this route, since it’s easy to point to duplicate versions this way. I keep my third-party plug-ins that are not installed with Premiere Pro in a separate “after-market” folder in my CS5 Plug-ins folder, and my alias/shortcut in my CS5.5 Plug-ins folder just points to that.

Michele Yamazaki show how to do it here.

Here are instructions for making an alias on Mac OS.

I didn’t find concise instructions for creating a shortcut to a directory on Windows, but the gist is this: Right-click a directory, and choose Copy; in the destination location, right-click, and choose Paste Shortcut.

All of this applies to After Effects, as well.

problems with Nvidia drivers 270.61 and 270.71


UPDATE: The version 270.73 driver is available now.


Nvidia and Adobe are aware of a problem with the 270.61 and 270.71 drivers for Nvidia graphics cards for Premiere Pro CS5 and Premiere Pro CS5.5.

A driver with a fix for this issue (270.73) should be available soon.

If you are experiencing problems with Premiere Pro, and you are using the 270.61 or 270.71 Nvidia drivers, please check the Nvidia driver download site for the new driver. You may also choose to roll back to a previous driver until the new driver is available.

We’ll update this post as soon as we learn of the public availability of the new driver.