Adobe today announced new versions of its video and audio applications available through the Creative Cloud. A lot has changed under Premiere and After Effects:
In recent months, Adobe has begun a major overhaul of the foundation of Adobe Premiere Pro and related applications. In the future, the focus of development is to be placed more strongly on stability and performance. Among other things, this focus has brought the Public Beta Program to life in order to receive direct feedback from active users. The first fruits are also being seen in a "System Compatibility Report" window in Premiere Pro, which attempts to detect driver incompatibilities. According to Adobe, many problems are caused by incompatible GPU drivers, which we hope to find out more easily this way.
But the performance side has also been improved, with faster playback of ProRes 4:2:2 streams and support for GPU-accelerated H.264/H.265 (HEVC) encoding. In addition, the Auto Reframe feature is now significantly faster.
But the biggest news is certainly the now completed integration of ProRes RAW. However, the active "development possibilities" are limited in the implementation to a post-fading controller:
More specific RAW interventions before the clip is used in the Timeline are currently not implemented. By the way, support should also be available in After Effects and Rush.
Premiere will continue to receive an improved pen tool, which can now also handle Bezier curves with handles. In the workflow there is also a new option to display only changed properties in the effect list, which can make parameter settings much clearer:
In Adobe Premiere Rush, projects can now be automatically converted to a 4:5 aspect ratio for immediate use in Facebook and Instagram in the best possible format. For iOS devices, "Back Camera Switching" can now capture the back camera directly in Rush. In addition, the new Media Browser allows direct access to media, which can either be local on the device or from various cloud services.
After Effects includes two new tools in addition to ProRes RAW. Tapered Shape Strokes lets you change the thickness of a path along the way. For example, the path can be thinner towards the end or vary in waves between two thicknesses.
The "Concentric Shape Reperater" on the other hand repeats paths to concentric patterns according to given parameters. Animated, these "Offset Paths" quickly give rise to 80s retro-style impressions.
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Audition can now automatically switch between audio devices under MacOS without having to go to System Preferences. The Character Animator now has an improved timeline management that allows more control over which tracks are visible and which can be modified. Furthermore, puppets can now be triggered by actions in the background and animated automatically.
Updates for all apps should soon be available to all subscribers via the Adobe Creative Cloud.