Features added to Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Prelude CC , Media Encoder CC and Story CC Plus.
Adobe has released updates to its video post-production applications, adding more than 150 new features to the Creative Cloud apps. The updates were announced back in early September and shown at the IBC exhibition in Amsterdam – but now you can get your hands on them. This is the first time these tools have been updated with new features since the Creative Cloud was launched in June. The updates are available now, free for Creative Cloud members.
After Effects CC new features
The Mask Tracker is a new tool for After Effects that allows you to create a mask around an area of your footage and then have AE automatically track that area frame-by-frame throughout it. This should speed up tasks with footage featuring a moving camera, such as adding bloom to lights or rotoscoping out unwanted elements.
For Mac users, the After Effects CC update brings compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which was previously only achievable by downloading a slightly fiddly patch. Other Adobe Creative Cloud apps were already compatible with Mavericks.
See Will Adobe's CC and CS apps work on Mac OS X Mavericks? for more information.
Premiere Pro CC new features
Adobe says it has made editing in Premiere faster, with improved multicam, enhanced closed captioning capabilities, new monitor overlays and audio monitoring features.
OpenCL support allows effects and processing to be accelerated by a wider range of graphics cards – including AMD's. Support for GPU processing of the Cinema DNG format allows real-time playback. There's also support for UltraHD, 4K and higher resolutions, high framerates and more RAW formats.
Users can move multi-track timelines back and forth between Premiere Pro CC and SpeedGrade CC – allowing you to quickly apply looks to entire projects as well as individual clips. The results live 'live' inside Premiere Pro through support for SpeedGrade CC's Lumetri Deep Colour Engine.
SpeedGrade CC new features
The new SpeedLooks feature allows users to match the colour spaces even across different camera formats, according to Adobe. You can also work with multiple masks and linked mask layers.
Media Encoder CC new features
New Sync Settings in Adobe Media Encoder CC let users now sync application preferences between multiple computers via Creative Cloud.
Prelude CC new features
The new Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app allows users to log notes, events, and other data on their iPad while shooting, including the ability to sync with timecode on set via supported wireless timecode generators, and then sync metadata to footage via Creative Cloud.
Story Plus CC new features
New production planning features in Adobe Story Plus provide scheduling and reporting tools for managing productions efficiently, making it easier to modify and share lists between productions and users.
Adobe Anywhere new features
Adobe has also released updates to Adobe Anywhere, a server-based version of Premiere Pro that uses the desktop software almost as 'thin client'. Your media lives on the server – and edits, effects and the like are processed there. The aim is to make working as part of a post-production team easier with asset management taken care of – as well as tapping the power of the server for higher-performance than using a desktop or, especially, a laptop.
The update offers early access to support for After Effects CC using the same set-up. Users can also edit media in Premiere Pro CC while it is recording to a file – a capability Adobe says is important for sports and live broadcasters.
Adobe has also released the new Adobe Anywhere iPad app. This enables users to view productions and play back sequences on the Anywhere server from the field or a remote location.
To find out more about the Creative Cloud video app updates, visit Adobe's blog.