Creative Cloud Update 2015
Since Adobe made some big announcements back in April, I’ve been checking the Creative Cloud app every day for signs of the latest updates hitting the digital shelves. On the 16th June, the updates were released with some major new features in Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition (Adobe’s sound editing software), as well as smaller (but perfectly formed) updates to the rest of the Creative Suite.
Audition, which is a fantastic piece of software for perfecting the audio of any video project, already featured some integration with Premiere Pro which made round-tripping (taking your video from Premiere, adjusting the sound in Audition and then sending it back to Premiere for final video tweaks) pretty straight forward. The new release makes it even easier by using the Creative Cloud’s Dynamic Link server, allowing you to stream your video project while you work on the audio, as well as now importing markers from Premiere.
Adobe’s After Effects, the industry standard software for creating VFX and motion graphics has a range of new features, some to improve performance and others to help creatives… umm… create.
The most interesting features are the advanced face tracker, allowing you to accurately apply effects and adjustments specifically to faces – great for colour work (or the edit suite at Crimewatch, pixelation just got a whole lot easier).
For the animators there’s an interesting new feature called the Character Animator which allows you to animate a 2D character’s movement by acting it out in front of your webcam. This should allow for much more natural movement and speech syncing, I’m excited to start seeing the results.
The most exciting (yes, exciting. I’m a nerd about these things) new features though have arrived in the Premiere Pro update. Two things in particular stand out: the new Lumetri colour panel and Morph Cuts, the new transition effect.
Morph Cuts essentially help to hide cuts during pieces-to-camera. For example if you’ve shot an interview and simply want to remove an ‘um’ or an ‘err’, in the past you would have needed to cut away to some other footage, as to avoid showing the slight jump. Morph Cuts uses frame interpolation and all sorts of other digital wizardry to literally morph your subject to give the appearance of one uncut piece of footage.
The Lumetri panel is something Premiere Pro users have been crying out for for a while now. Until this point, its colour correction capabilities have been lacking somewhat, especially in comparison to Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. Now though, PP essentially has a fully functional colour correcting/grading suite built in, which for most projects will save the need for using additional software like DaVinci Resolve or Adobe’s own SpeedGrade. Resolve will still be the go-to for complex grades, but the Lumetri panel is a huge step forward.
The Lumetri workspace in Premiere Pro.
Adobe Audition’s new Dynamic Link with Premiere.