The next version of the video editor brushes up the interface and add Looks effects.
Adobe has given us a sneak peek at the next version of its Premiere Pro video editing software, alongside upgrades to After Effects, Prelude, Audition and SpeedGrade – as well as formally launching its network-based editing system Adobe Anywhere.
The main new creative feature in Premiere Pro CS7 is the ability to apply the Lumetri Looks effects available in the SpeedGrade CS6 colour grading software within Premiere. These work in a similar fashion to Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks, applying a set of visual styles to footage from Bleach Bypass and Day For Night to Sepia and a variety of black-and-white effects. In Speedgrade they're GPU-accelerated and work in a 32-bit floating bit colour space – and we expect that they will be in Premiere Pro too.
A less creative but equally important – and much requested – feature is a redesigned way to deal with unlinked files that show up as offline media. The new system uses the Media Browser panel to navigate to or search for missing files, and Premiere Pro automatically relinks files it discovers in the same directory as ones you select.
A new FX button on clips in the Timeline shows which clips have effects applied to them. The button appears with different colours to indicate whether it's what Adobe calls 'intrinsic' effects – Motion and Opacity – or other effects, or both.
When pasting effect properties from one clip to another, you will get a dialog to choose what properties to apply
Adobe is making much of editors moving from Final Cut Pro – especially moving from FCP 7 to Premiere Pro rather than to FCP X – and Avid Media Composer and has added some features from those tools at the request of editors making the move. These include pink lines on clips that indicate duplicated frames, where a clip has been used more than once in a project.
Clips cut in two with the Razor tool sitting next to each other on the timeline – known as through edits – can be rejoined by selecting both clips, right-clicking and selecting Join.
A different path
Adobe's business development manager for video Niels Stevens says that the company has been asked by many editors to add support for opening more than one project at once, but says that instead it's chosen to allow editors to import projects (or selected sequences from them) into an open project. He said that this allows for what most editors want from being able to open more than one project at once – copy edits or elements from one to another. Editor can also bringing in nested sequences into a sequence as component parts.
Another feature that Adobe says has been much requested is the new Audio Clip Mixer panel. This shows the audio levels of all tracks in a single line of audio meters, which is designed to make balancing audio faster as it's easy to spot which tracks are louder or quieter than others.
Other new audio features including support for VST3 plug-ins, and new audio effects including a new Multi-band Compressor from Izotope for a quick sound boost and TC Electronics Loudness Radar for checking broadcast compliant of audio levels.
One final new feature is the ability to flatten multi cam sequences when outputting projects (or EDLs) to other applications or servers.
* While Adobe has released updates to tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver for free to subscribers to its Creative Cloud service, the company is talking about Premiere Pro's new features in terms of the 'next version' of the software, leading us to believe that this will be Premiere Pro CS7 – so a paid-for upgrade available for non-Cloud members and free to those who are. We've also received information pointing to the next version of AE that was demoed at the same time is After Effects CS7.