Premiere Pro CS6 (6.0.1) update: bug fixes and improved OpenCL performance

Today, the Premiere Pro CS6 (6.0.1) update was released.

If Adobe Application Manager hasn’t already told you about this, go ahead and check for new updates by choosing Help > Updates. The best way to check for updates is by closing all Adobe applications other than Adobe Bridge, and choosing Help > Updates in Adobe Bridge; this ensures that all processes related to Adobe video applications have been quit and can be updated safely.

Ideally, you should install the updates automatically by choosing Help > Updates, but you can also directly download the update packages from the download page for Windows or Mac OS by choosing the “Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 6.0.1 Update” for your operating system.

For information about updates for other Adobe professional video applications, see this page.

If you have difficulty with this update, please bring questions and issues to the Premiere Pro forum. Don’t ask questions in the comments on this blog post, which fewer people will see.

We have also been working with several providers of plug-ins, codecs, and hardware devices to assist them in updating their software to fix some errors and crashes. Please take this opportunity to download and install updated codecs, plug-ins, and drivers from these providers, as relevant to your work. For more information about plug-ins and third-party hardware for Premiere Pro CS6, see this page.

We strongly recommend that users of Premiere Pro on Mac OS update to Mac OSX v10.7.4 for performance and stability improvements in that operating system update.


features added or changed in this update

  • Improved performance using OpenCL, especially when used on Mac OSX v10.7.4 or later.

    For details of GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro, see this page. For details of OpenCL features in Premiere Pro CS6, see this page.

  • Added encoding presets with additional bit-rate settings for XDCAM HD.
  • Added Automatic Peak File Generation preference in the Audio category for turning off automatic peak file generation for imported audio. By default, this preference is enabled and matches the behavior of Premiere Pro CS6 (6.0.0).

    When this preference is disabled, importing audio or opening projects will not cause peak files to be generated. If peak files were already generated, then waveforms will be visible. Files imported before the preference was disabled will continue to generate peak files.

  • Enabled “smart rendering” and added Enable Smart Rendering Codec setting to the Video tab of the MXF OP1a exporters for XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX to enable or disable smart rendering for these formats. This option defaults to the off/disabled state. We’ll have more information about this feature in a post on this blog soon.
  • Added support for import of files and use of growing files from Sony XDCAM deck (XDSPE2000)

See details of the Adobe Media Encoder CS6 (6.0.1) update for more information about changes that affect output from Premiere Pro CS6.


bugs fixed in this update

  • Start timecode was not imported or exported correctly when working with AAF files.
  • Some files from the Canon 5D Mark III camera were imported with the wrong timecode.
  • Playing/viewing waveforms in the Source Monitor caused audio dropouts with some XDCAM HD clips.
  • NTSC MXF OP1a files that were exported with drop-frame timecode had video data that was tagged as non-drop-frame.
  • Switching the Renderer project setting from Mercury Playback Engine Software Only to Mercury Playback Acceleration GPU Acceleration on a computer using OpenCL caused Premiere Pro to crash under some circumstances. Switching between the two settings on a computer using CUDA would in some cases cause problems with video and/or audio playback.
  • Crash when using full-screen, cinema mode on some computer systems.
  • Tape capture was not working correctly with some third-party systems.
  • Crash when capturing from tape using some BlackMagic hardware.
  • An extra, black frame was included at the end of the output when exporting to P2 MXF in some circumstances.
  • First two frames were being played twice on external monitor using Matrox MXO2.
  • Crash when using “hover scrub” with Matrox MXO2.
  • Audio/video synchronization was off by a few frames when playing video on external monitor.
  • The Export Frame button was not exporting the correct frame, instead exporting a frame one or two frames away from the current frame.
  • Some audio files and some MXF files would go offline or have their audio reconformed when the project was re-opened or when Premiere Pro was minimized or lost focus.
  • Crash when modifying an effect property while playback was occurring.
  • Hang/freeze when using a dissolve transition on an adjustment layer.
  • Dropped frames and audio/video synchronization issues when exporting to tape using some third-party hardware.
  • Information about dropped frames on output to tape was not accessible to third-party systems.
  • Some QuickTime files were imported with the wrong field order.
  • When audio was sent through a Mercury Transmit plug-in, any number of channels that was not 2 or 6 was treated as mono.
  • In HDV editing mode, File > Export > Tape could not be used with third-party hardware.
  • The current-time indicator (playhead) was not returning to the current time after using the Play Around command.
  • Last several frames of output when exporting to tape were black.
  • When encoding a 23.976 fps video to H.264, the duration of the video in the output .m4v file was too short, and audio drifted out of synchronization with the video.
  • Transparency (alpha channel) information from a dynamically linked After Effects composition was rendered incorrectly in Premiere Pro.
  • Importing some QuickTime OP1a files caused Premiere Pro to hang.
  • The duration of the audio track sent to SpeedGrade using the Send To SpeedGrade command was the length of the entire Premiere Pro sequence, not the length of the work area.
  • Timecode written to trimmed clips using the Project Manager did not match the source timecode for some QuickTime files.
  • Various other crashes.

See details of the Adobe Media Encoder CS6 (6.0.1) update for more information about changes that affect output from Premiere Pro CS6.

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