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Premiere Pro CS6: what’s new and changed

Premiere Pro CS6 is available, as are other professional video and audio applications in Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, including Adobe Prelude and SpeedGrade. You can order CS6 Production Premium now … or try it free for 30 days.

Note that Premiere Pro CS6 and all of the other applications in CS6 Production Premium will also be available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Here’s a link to the snazzy summary of what’s new in CS6 professional video and audio applications, with short overview movies about some of the top features. These PDF documents are a much deeper look at what’s new, so be sure to check them out, too:

Here are a few good sources of video tutorials and video overviews for Premiere Pro CS6 and related software:

  • Video2Brain provides a comprehensive set of movies (by me) covering every new and changed feature in Premiere Pro CS6 and Adobe Media Encoder CS6.
  • Rich Harrington has a video training course on the new features on
  • Several Adobe personnel and partners provides feature overviews and tutorials on the Adobe TV site.

Scott Simmons has a good review and overview on the ProVideo Coalition site.

For details of what was added and changed from Premiere Pro CS5 to Premiere Pro CS5.5, see this page.

If you want to ask questions about these new and changed features, come on over to the Premiere Pro user-to-user forum. That’s the best place for questions. Questions left in comments on a blog post are much harder to work with; the blog comment system just isn’t set up for conversations.

top new features in Premiere Pro CS6

  • redesigned, efficient, customizable user interface
  • dynamic trimming, including trimming with JKL and other keyboard shortcuts
  • adjustment layers
  • Warp Stabilizer effect
  • expanded multi-camera editing, with more multicam angles and improved interface
  • improved performance, extending GPU processing to some systems using OpenCL
  • new and more powerful audio features, including adaptive audio tracks, customizable audio channel mapping for output, and improved Audio Mixer panel
  • new native import of ARRI Alexa, RED Scarlet, RED Epic, and Canon Cinema EOS C300 footage
  • improved color features, including integration with SpeedGrade and redesigned Three-Way Color Corrector effect
  • improved workflows with other applications in Adobe Creative Suite, as well as with Final Cut Pro and Avid software
  • faster Adobe Media Encoder, redesigned to make authoring for multiple outputs and mobile devices easier
  • enhanced Adobe Encore for creation of DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and web DVDs

(nearly) all new and changed features in Premiere Pro CS6

Here is a virtually comprehensive list of changes, with detail beyond the summaries of the top items listed above. We’ll be posting a lot more detail over the coming weeks, and the outline below will be populated with links to in-depth articles and tutorials, so bookmark this page and check back.

user interface

  • button editor, with which you can customize the buttons in various panels
  • improved icon view in Project panel and Media Browser panel, with ability to scrub/preview media in thumbnails (“hover scrubbing”)
  • improved usage indicators in Project panel, including tooltips and indications of which sequence(s) a clip is used in
  • new default Editing workspace with better use of screen space for video content
  • option to remove work area bar and instead use In and Out points for features that previously relied on the work area
  • full-screen playback on primary monitor
  • dozens of new and changed keyboard shortcuts, with option to continue to use Premiere Pro CS5.5 keyboard shortcuts
  • options to show or hide user interface items such as time ruler markings
  • new settings buttons and menus in monitor panels for easy access to commonly used view options
  • gestural control on Mac computers with trackpads, including pinching to zoom and using two-fingered gestures for scrolling
  • full-screen “cinema” mode that shows only content with no UI chrome

importing and sequence setup

  • integration with Adobe Prelude for ingest, logging, transcoding, and rough cuts
  • alert when adding clip to an empty sequence if sequence settings don’t match footage characteristics, with option to match sequence settings to clip
  • new native import of ARRI Alexa, RED Scarlet, RED Epic, and Canon Cinema EOS C300 footage
  • new HD color bars and tone, which comply with ARIB STD-B28
  • ability to drag items from the Media Browser panel to the Project panel to import them


  • improved markers, including import of markers from Adobe Prelude and display of marker comments in time ruler
  • dynamic, keyboard-driven trimming in the monitor panels and Timeline panel, without needing to enter the Trim Monitor
  • new keyboard shortcuts for working with edit points, navigating in the timeline, and performing other basic editing tasks
  • new Render In To Out command for rendering preview for span between In and Out points marked in a sequence
  • ability to copy a clip in the Timeline panel by Alt-dragging (Windows) or Option-dragging (Mac OS)

effects and color

  • Send To SpeedGrade, which exports a sequence for color work in SpeedGrade
  • Warp Stabilizer effect
  • Rolling Shutter Repair effect
  • uninterrupted playback, which continues previews even while you modify effect properties and perform many other operations
  • improved Dynamic Link, including removal of limitation of Dynamic Link to only work within a suite (i.e., Dynamic Link will now work between applications purchased as individual products)
  • redesigned Three-Way Color Corrector effect
  • double-click to apply effect to selected clips


  • GPU processing (Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration) extended to use OpenCL on some systems: AMD Radeon HD 6750M and AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics card with 1GB VRAM in MacBook Pro computers running Mac OSX v10.7
  • use of GPU acceleration by additional effects and transitions, including Warp Stabilizer effect and Push transition
  • Mercury Transmit, a new interface making it easier for third-party I/O hardware manufacturers to interface with Premiere Pro, allowing for more robust and stable systems


  • new Audio Mixer panel, with features and design from Audition
  • redesigned Audio Meters panel
  • new standard audio track type, which can contain either mono or stereo audio
  • extremely flexible and customizable multichannel audio mapping for output
  • ability to choose which clip to use timecode from when using merged clips

exporting and Adobe Media Encoder

  • new Preset Browser in Adobe Media Encoder for finding and using encoding presets
  • parellel encoding in Adobe Media Encoder, which encodes multiple outputs simultaneously for greater performance
  • redesigned Adobe Media Encoder user interface, with panel-based workspaces as in other Adobe professional video applications
  • dozens of new keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Media Encoder
  • new scaling and cropping options in Adobe Media Encoder, which make it easy to resolve mismatches between output dimensions and source dimensions (e.g., prevent black bars)
  • Export to tape will output the sequence duration between the In and Out points instead of the work area if the work area is hidden.


  • removed Device Central, but extended encoding presets for mobile devices in Adobe Media Encoder effectively fill a similar need
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