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Adobe Updates After Effects, Premiere Pro and More

Caleb Ward

Interface and usability are at the center of Adobe’s latest software update.

Big news has come from IBC 2014 in Amsterdam. Adobe has unveiled updates to most of their software library. In the past, product announcements may only be labeled ‘bittersweet’ if you couldn’t afford to continually be purchasing new software. But with Creative Cloud you now get Adobe software as soon as it is released.

As part of this latest software release Adobe will now be catering to those with hiDPI displays. This applies to both Windows and Mac users and should result in a much clearer interface. In addition to retina support, Adobe will begin releasing updates for gesture based controls.

After Effects Update

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Since it’s release in 2013, it’s been great to have native Cinema 4D integration with After Effects. Adobe plans to add a few of the newer R16 features into Cinema4D Lite 2.0 but no specifics have been revealed from Maxon yet. If you want more info about the R16 release check out our ‘14 R16 Features you Should Know About‘ post.

New AE updates include:

  • Copy with Relative Property Links command
  • Color Management for Dynamic Link
  • Native GoPro CineForm codecs
  • Improved Adobe Media Encoder watch folders
  • Various bug fixes

Premiere Pro Updates

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  •  Search Bins are bins that automatically populated with clips, audio and like based on metadata search.
  • Advanced Timeline Search to find clips based on name or comments.
  • New tools to make it easier to work across multiple projects at once or bring assets/edits from one to another including the ability to open multiple Media Browser panels simultaneously and the Source Monitor Timeline View that allows editors to preview sequences from other projects (and take elements from them)
  • Consolidate and Transcode converts sequences or an entire project into a single codec, while retaining the ability to make edit adjustments later, and leaving original projects untouched.
  • Support for the GoPro CineForm codec and the AJA RAW format from the AJA CION camera.
  • GPU-based debayering for Phantom Cine and Canon RAW footage.
  • A free-draw polygon Pen tool and on-screen Bezier adjustments – with feathering and expansion – for masking and tracking

Audition Updates

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  • Support for RED, XDCAM, MXF
  • Target Dynamic Range for leveling speech

SpeedGrade Updates

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  • Looks improvement including hover-based previews
  • Curves adjustments
  • Better audio support

Prelude Updates

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  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Add in/out points and transitions

Pricing and Availability

If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, all of these updates are included in your subscription. The new updates are rumored to be released in November.

Are any of these features exciting to you?
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