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December 3, 2015 /Product Focus /

Touch and gesture support in Premiere Pro CC 2015.1

Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 offers expanded support for multi-touch devices and screens like Microsoft’s Surface Pro, along with improved gestural support for Apple’s Force Touch track pads. In this release, we focused on delivering a basic rough-cut workflow using touch. Let’s step through this workflow, starting with the workspace bar at the top of the application screen, which offers an easy way to switch workspaces with the tap of a finger.Workspace buttons 102115

In this example, we’re using the Assembly workspace to generate extra room for large thumbnails, so you can work directly with your clips without having to load them one by one into the Source monitor.

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The new stacked panel layout option allows you to organize and access panel content more efficiently. Tap once to open a panel. Tapping to open a different panel in the stack automatically closes the other.

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If you prefer to have one or more panels open at once, you can turn off Solo Mode and open as many in the stack as you like. Opening a stacked panel automatically resizes the panel’s vertical height to display all of its content, and a single scroll bar for the stack of panels allows you to scroll through all of them.

In the Project panel, you can storyboard your shots by dragging them with your finger to a new order in the bin. Resize clips using pinch zoom, and scrub through them with two fingers.

Alternatively, you can tap once on the clip thumbnail to bring up the playback overlays, which provide interactive touch icons for controlling playback, scrubbing and marking In and Out ranges.

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The playback overlays are available whether playing back or scrubbing. Tap the Play button to start and stop playback. To mark a select, tap on the Mark In icon in the upper left of the thumbnail, then on the Mark Out in the upper right. Or press and drag these icons to relocate the current In or Out mark to a new frame while scrubbing. Tap the Fast Forward and Rewind icons in the lower left and right during playback to increase the speed of playback incrementally, up to the maximum (32x) playback speed. Or press and drag to increase playback from full speed up to 32x. When playback is paused, these icons switch to Step Back and Forward 1 frame buttons for precise frame-by-frame navigation with your fingertip.

To scrub using the playback overlays, press and hold the Play button, then slide your finger to the left to scrub backward in time, and to the right to scrub forward.

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When you’ve created a select, drag it directly into your sequence, or drag it to the Program monitor, where new editing overlays appear as drop zones for 6 different kinds of edits without having to use modifier keys.

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Insert or Overwrite works well for rapid creation of rough cuts, since the playhead automatically moves to the end of the clip after it’s edited into the sequence. At any time, you can scrub the playhead back in either the Timeline panel or Program monitor’s time ruler to preview your edits and the playhead will stop automatically after the last clip has played, ready for the next edit.

The Replace edit option overwrites the selected clip in the timeline, or if there isn’t a selected clip, the one that’s currently under the playhead on the topmost targeted track.

Insert Before and After inserts the clip before or after the currently selected clip, or when no clip is selected, the clip that’s currently under the playhead. Keep in mind that if your playhead is parked exactly on an edit point, it’s actually looking at the first frame of the next clip, so Insert After will insert your clip after that next clip (after the one you see in the Program monitor).

Overlay inserts the clip on the next available track where no clip overwriting or collision would occur. For example, this is typically used for Title clips, or any other graphic element that you intend to superimpose over video below it. It will also work for an audio-only clip, when you want to ensure it won’t overwrite existing clips, placing it on the next available audio track.

Multi-touch and gesture support in Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 isn’t just limited to touch screens. You can scroll and scrub using an Apple Track Pad, as well as pinch zoom in and out in the Project panel or timeline sequence. And when using an Apple Force Touch track pad, haptic feedback allows you to feel the “snap” when trimming or moving items past snapping points in the sequence.

Note: The new editing drop zones in the Program monitor are also available when using a mouse. And if you’re not using a touch display, you can turn on the clip playback overlays in the Project panel and use them with a mouse if you like. It’s worth mentioning however, that all of the thumbnail controls (Mark In, Mark Out, JKL scrubbing, spacebar playback) are also available using keyboard shortcuts regardless whether the overlays are shown or not.

This is only the first step of our plans to optimize Premiere Pro for these exciting new touch devices and surfaces. Stay tuned for more, coming soon!

Learn more about Touch and Gesture-based editing here.

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  • By Dan - 2:17 PM on December 3, 2015  

    Great new editing additions. But why no keyboard commands so us keyboard users can enjoy them as well?

    • By Al Mooney - 4:00 PM on December 3, 2015  

      Premiere has hundred and hundreds of keyboards shortcuts, both default ones and user-definable ones. Keyboard driven editing is extremely popular and we continue to fully support that workflow. This release we wanted to provide creatives with new, different, ways of working.


      • By Dan - 2:38 AM on December 4, 2015  

        Sorry Al, I realise my comment was a bit vague. I was referring to the new Overlay Edit, Insert Before, Insert After, Replace Edit functions.

        I’ve submitted a feature request.

        • By David Kuspa - 8:57 AM on December 4, 2015  

          Hi Dan, I should have mentioned that the new editing drop zones in the Program monitor are available when using the mouse too. There’s also a setting where you can turn on the thumbnail overlays in the Project panel for use on non-touch displays and use the mouse with those as well. And many of these operations have keyboard shortcuts, such as marking an In and Out while playing or scrubbing a clip thumbnail in the Project panel, or Insert/Overwrite editing into a sequence. I’ve updated the post to include this information. Thanks for your feedback.

  • By David - 5:26 AM on December 4, 2015  

    Quick question Al, is this considered the Fall update? And will this update make Premiere Pro ready for El Capitan? Other than that love the touch support 🙂

    • By David Kuspa - 11:23 AM on December 4, 2015  

      9.1 does address some issues with El Capitan that we were able to fix in time for this release, but we’re aware of some other issues that we’re continuing to work with Apple to resolve.