Adobe has announced it's next set of Premiere Pro features

Adobe has announced the next set of features that will be added to Premiere Pro this year. You can read about them at the Adobe Blog.



Strangely they aren't going into the features that I am most excited about, which the Premiere Bro Blog actually does.

Adobe is mostly focusing on it's new VR abilities which are extensive, though something I likely will never use. And then it's shared projects features, which will be awesome. Much more AVID like abilities in sharing projects and locking aspects of projects. And the Responsive Design tools sounds great with more ability to edit graphics without having to open premiere.

And in their they mention that you can finally open multiple projects at the same time, much like Final Cut Pro could do! That is awesome!

What the Premiere Bro Blog mentions is being able to preview fonts in the Essential Graphics Panel and set favorite fonts (hopefully also a different default font), and an additional 8 label colors for a total of 16, which is small but awesome addition!
Comments

Adding LUTs to Adobe Premiere Pro, A PROBLEM WITH IT THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Many people know that LUTS or look up tables are a feature in Adobe Premiere's Lumetri controls that you can use different settings to make camera RAW footage look good for rec 709 or whatever format you are editing in. And Premiere has some technical and various Creative LUTs to quickly fix or change footage. And you can use your own LUT, but you have to select that LUT individually every time from your hard drive, as there is no way to add it to the menus in Premiere or After Effects.

Well a quick Google search has various links to sites that explain how you can add your own LUTs to Premiere Pro. Here is one at Premium Beat. The thing is there is a problem with this method.

In this method you open the application package contents, go into the Contents/Lumetri/LUTs/Technical folder and add your LUT and restart the program. Obviously this is something that is changing the actual application so it should be done at your own risk, and any update will likely wipe out your LUTs, but if you are going to do it, YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS!

If you want the LUTs to work in Premiere and to be able to export them with Adobe Media Encoder or use them in Adobe After Effects you need to also install your LUTs into those programs as well. There is no central repository for these LUTs!

Now I have requested with Adobe that they add the ability to add your own LUTs to the menus in a central repository, but that doesn't mean the feature will be added ever.
Comments

Premiere Bro article on Motion Graphics Templates Workflow in After Effects

Premiere Bro has an awesome in depth article on using Motion Graphics Templates in the latest version of After Effects. It is in depth on using the Essential Graphics Panel and sharing the files that you make! Well worth the read.
Comments

Adobe Feature Request Add X-Rite Video ColorChecker color Matching to Lumetri Color

Since Adobe has gotten rid of it's professional Color Grading software SpeedGrade to instead just use the less powerful Lumetri Color within Premiere Pro (and now After Effects) it is missing powerful color correction tools. And it could really use some.

So I made a Adobe Creative Cloud feature request on adding support for X-Rite ColorChecker for Video to Lumetri. This would add a very powerful color matching tool, and alleviate me from having to go out to DaVinci Resolve as often.

Here is my feature request text:

Since removing SpeedGrade from Adobe Creative Cloud, there is only the less powerful Lumetri controls within Premiere Pro and After Effects there are not full pro color correction features within the creative Cloud. Now i have gone back to using DaVinci Resolve for complex grades and a tool that I use all the time is color matching using X-Rite ColorChecker for Video as well as the Passport model. It is an extremely powerful tool for color correction and really helps with color matching between various cameras. The addition of X-Rite color matching would greatly increase the power of Lumetri color tools. And it would alleviate me having to go out to DaVinci for a full grade as often.
Comments

I made new feedback to Adobe to bring SpeedGrade back to Creative Cloud

Anyone who reads my blog (I know there are not many of you, but there are some) should know how much I miss SpeedGrade. Creative Cloud used to have a full professional Color Program, and it's replacement Lumetri is not a full replacement, but a small feature set. The ability to have a full feature set in a color correction suite and have it come back via direct link as a plug in was a huge asset that Adobe thew away completely.


So I made this comment in the Adobe Feedback Form.
Lumetri is great and all, but it is still barely a small feature set of Creative Cloud. And the old ability to create a full grade and have it come back in as a Lumetri effect was essential, especially for new features in the future. Before SpeedGrade I had used DaVinci resolve to finish a project because of it's great power, but with SpeedGrade I was able to do everything and leave the effect not pre-rendered into footage after a grade. On some small projects I am able to use Lumetri, but it is not powerful enough. The Creative Cloud suite needs a full professional color suite, and it had one, and it is a huge loss missing it.
Comments

Adobe has updated Creative Cloud Video Apps in advance of NAB 2017

Adobe has beat NAB 2017 this year and updated all of it's video tools.

You can check out the playlist of 23 videos about all the new features across the full suite.



Adobe Blogs also has info on all the updates.

I am most excited to see the Essential Sound Panel makes it way to Premiere Pro!

Having full Lumetri in After Effects is also very cool, and will be quite helpful, though as you know I still mourn the loss of SpeedGrade as Lumetri is not nearly as powerful. And that in many cases means I have to go to DaVinci instead of being able to finish within Creative Cloud.

I am also interested in the Essential Graphics Panel, which brings both direct graphics creation on the timelines as well as changes to templates made in After Effects.

I am also interested in seeing Camera Shake DeBlur and seeing how it does with Warp Stabilized Footage.

The new Multi-Channel tools in Audition are also intriguing, though I would be happier having them in Premiere (especially if I could automatically move multiracks to multiple tracks instead of a single track), as while I do finish some jobs using Audition and it's Essential Sound Panel, but mostly I go to a mixer using ProTools.

And having Pond 5 in the Adobe Stock panel is a great addition.

Overall I always look forward to playing with the new features, and am glad they come out as often as they do.
Comments

Color Correction Test with DJI OSMO+, Canon 60D and iPhone 6S and Visual Effects of Gun Shots

I shot some test footage with 3 of my cameras, my DJI OSMO+ my Canon 60D and my iPhone 6S. I color corrected the footage using DaVinci Resolve 12.5 and did the Visual Effects in Adobe After Effects.

The visual effects include adding the gun shots, light flashes, and color correcting the orange tip of my gun so it is gray.

I was trying to show my ability to color match the footage from such different 3 cameras, as well as add the visual effects to make an interesting little sequence.


Let me know what you think!
Comments

Adobe After Effects CC January 2017 Update is out

Tim Kirkoski at Adobe Creative Cloud Blogs has the list of Bug Fixes for After Effects.
Comments

Adobe has released Premiere Pro 2017 Update fixing the Title Tool Crash and Captions Issues

Meagan Keane at Adobe Creative Cloud blog has the info on the latest release update.

This is a big one for me since I did just did a big captioning job and had issues with Captions not being editable in many Workspaces, so hopefully this has fixed that. And the whole Title tool crashing if you copy within it is another big one.

I was able to work around all these issues, but having them fixed is a big plus.
Comments

Safari no longer supporting 4K videos on YouTube

AppleInsider has this article on what is going on. It seems that for all videos uploaded as of December 6, 2016 Adobe has moved from the paid to license H265 Codec to the free VP9 codec, and Safari does not support VP9. Previously the 4K videos had been encoded in H264, but both H265 and VP9 require much more power to playback and it will drain battery life, and use some serious processing power.

Obviously using a free encoder vs a paid license will help the bottom line for Google, as will videos that take up half the hard drive space, but users take a hit because people who don't have the latest Machines will take a hit and be unable to playback 4K because it is so processor intensive. Seems a little soon, but Google has already made the switch.

If you want to encode VP9, Fnord has a free plug in for Adobe Premier Pro and Media Encoder.
Comments

Adobe needs to fix OMF export from Premiere Pro 2017 with multiple bit rate audio!

The project I have been working on of late has 16 bit 48 hz audio for the most part, but our VO guy gives us amazing 24 bit audio, but because of this the OMF's that Premiere Pro kicks out do not sync up when the audio guy gets them. Some tracks go out of sync, and not others. And this keeps happening.

And there is a workaround. You need to use the Edit in Adobe Audition: Sequence command and then use Audition to export the OMF correctly.

This is a feature that needs to be pulled out of audition and put into Premiere pro, working OMF export, otherwise why have the feature there at all?

Come on Adobe. And I see they have had this issue for a long time from posts online! FIX THIS!

EDIT:

I have been told that basically Adobe has given up on OMF and now focuses on AAF, so next time I will see if the mixer can take AAF.
Comments

Adobe Premiere Pro 2017 11.01 crashes on Copy in Titler

So there is an annoying buy in Adobe Premiere Pro 2017 11.01 in the Titler Tool. If you use Command C for Copy the whole program crashes! It is really an annoyance of late.

It does seem at least Adobe knows about it, since they have commented in their forums. So hopefully it will be fixed soon.
Comments

Adobe needs to bring back send to SpeedGrade in Premiere Pro

I have made a lot of posts about Adobe needing to upgrade SpeedGrade, but I had been using it with premiere Pro 2014. And with Direct link to Adobe SpeedGrade you could send your sequence and do a full grade in SpeedGrade, then send it back to Premiere and it showed up as a Lumetri Grade Filter on the clips. It was awesome!

Sure DaVinci Resolve is more powerful, but mainly because it has been consistently upgraded. There are still some things that I like better in SpeedGrade, like not only overall grading controls, but the same controls in light, medium and dark. I love just being able to increase contrast and saturation in just the mids! And the best features was Direct Link because the grade came back to Premiere, instead of being a rendered export from Resolve, making itinerant version changes much easier in commercials so much easier!

What I hadn't realized because I was using SpeedGrade with an earlier  Creative Cloud, was that not only have try not upgraded SpeedGrade, but in Premiere Pro 2015.3 they removed Direct Link to SpeedGrade!?!?!? So it is obviously gone in 2017.

Sure they have put some Lumetri controls in Premiere, but nothing like SpeedGrade. You can do color corrects, but the controls are very dumbed down, and not nearly as powerful! With most of the masking controls gone, and such simple controls, it is no replacement for SpeedGrade! And while DaVinci Resolve stills works great, the loss of Direct Link is a huge minus! There is of course a thread about it at Adobe Forums, but I doubt adobe is listening!

Honestly this move is so very Apple like. Exactly like Apple buying Shake, making it affordable, then gutting it for the smallest technology out of it. Or Apps buying FinalTouch, turning it into color and killing it. Or killing Final Cut Pro 7 for iMovie Pro, oops, I mean Final Cut Pro X.

And the best part is that while SpeedGrade could use some upgrades, even without them it is still so much more powerful than Lumetri controls in Premiere Pro!

Adobe has made a huge mistake in losing it's powerful color correction tool. It is a huge sore point missing in Creative Cloud now.
Comments

Simon Wyndham on RedShark News on him considering leaving the Mac for Windows Editing

Simon Wyndham at RedShark News has a good read on why he is considering moving back to PC after the lackluster Pro Laptops and the lack of a real Pro Mac.

Now I have been saying this for years now. I don't want to leave Mac, as I like it much better than Windows, but Windows has really become superior for Professional Computer work. There is not the choice with Mac, and the fact that the MacPro is from 2013 and itself has no upgrade ability really limits the Mac. Sure I could go Hackintosh, but working on a Quo at work I have seen the issues with upgrading, and don't really want to deal with it.

Apple has given up on the creative professional, and Microsoft has stepped up. Look at the next Windows Update for Creatives, and the Suface, Surface Book, and Surface Studio are really for creatives!

I think Apple is making a huge mistake by not making machines for the market that kept them afloat through all the bad years, but Tim Cook doesn't seem to agree, and Apple will suffer for it.
Comments

No one is talking about the fact that Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 runs on Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra on Mac

So Adobe released it's latest update to it Creative Cloud Suite yesterday, and no one is talking about one of the biggest things for Mac OS X users! The last version 2015, only ran on El Capitan, which was an issue for many (especially Hackintosh Users), not running on any earlier OS. Well with 2017 it seems things have changed!

Just check out the Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 System Requirements on Adobe's site, and you will see what I mean!

Mac OS X  v10.10, v10.11 or v10.12

Yes, that means it now runs on Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra! Who releases a new version that works on earlier software? A company that listens! Wow! Awesome!

And I can finally upgrade to Sierra on my home machine!
Comments

Adobe releases Photoshop Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has released the new version of Photoshop Creative Cloud 2017, here are the new features.

You can now chose templates to start a project from Adobe Stock.

There is now a Comprehensive Search, across UI elements, documents, Help and learning, and Stock assets.

There is now support for OpenType SVG fonts which include multiple colors and gradients in a single character glyph. And support for Emojis which can combine to change colors or create country flags.

The Polygonal Lasso has been added to the Selelct and Mask Workspace. And have high quality refined previews on mousedown.

Face-Aware Liquify now allows the eyes to be done independently or symmetrically.

Creative Cloud Libraries can now be archived and restored. And you can find stock assets similar to library assets with visual search, and you can drag and drop Adobe Stock elements into Creative Cloud Libraries. And you can share your libraries and Library Assets, which will update across Creative Cloud apps.

There are Property Panels Improvements. It is now part of the Essentials Workspace, and there are additional properties for type layers and stuff can be modified here. It also displays document properties when nothing is selected.

Adobe Camera Raw 9.7 has new been updated. There is now Pressure Sensative Support as well as new cameras and lenses.

And it now works with Adobe Experience Design CC, as SVG's can be copied and pasted.

Other features include, Match Font Improvments, Click outside of a text box to commit text, open PSD files in your Creative Cloud files from the Start Screen, Layer Count is more accurate and includes Group Content, Improved Marquee Selection, Select Highlight Color, Minimum Radius threshold with Smart Radiu, Surface Blu is 10x for 16 bit images, improved contrast in interface, new Preview checkbox in Liquifiy, ability to hide widgets in Face aware liquify, use Apple MEtal with AMD processors in Mac with Oil Paint Filter, Gpano Metadata is preserved in Export As.

Comments

Adobe on working simultaneosly is Shared Video Projects with Team Projects in Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has posted a great support document on working in the paid Team Projects (Beta).



I am looking forward to trying this out in the future. Looks like an impressive solution, and really brings this more in line with AVID.
Comments

Adobe releases Prelude Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has released Adobe Prelude Creative Cloud 2017, here are the list of new features.

They have added Collbration using the paid Team Projects.

AVC LongG Peformance Improvments, and Event Panel Filtering Options.
Comments

Adobe released Adobe Media Encoder Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has released Adobe Media Encoder Creative Cloud 2017, here are the new features.

It can stitch multiple clips into a single clip, with control over the order.

Destination publishing with support for Behance.

You can now render the Alpha Channel only, especially useful for when rendering to MXF.
Comments

Adobe Released After Effects Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has released Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud 2017, and here are the new features.



We have Collaboration with Team Projects.

Very excitingly a new 3D composition renderer from Cinema 4D, which I have read may be as fast as 20 times faster! Wooohoooo!!!



Performance Improvements with smarter GPU usage and more GPU accelerated effects!

An Improved Live Text template workflow, and Character Animator scenes in After Effects via Dynamic Link.

Also seamless integration of TypeKit Fonts, which will automatically sync if a font is missing when a project is opened (nice!).

New Project from Template with settings like color management and folder structure, which you can sync through Creative Cloud. I am so excited about this!

You can now freeze on the last frame.

You can set marker duration by dragging.

Avid DNxHD codec quicktime writing.

And finally Date and Time values in output name templates (YES!!! I know many companies that need to use this!).
Comments

Adobe Released Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 2017

For the start of the MAX conference in San Diego Adobe has updated Creative Cloud to 2017. Here is a new Feature Summary of Adobe Premiere Pro 2017.



First they have released Collaboration with Team Projects in Beta. And it is actually fairly reasonable. You it is an additional 29.95 a month for a single app or $69.95 for all Desktop apps (though currently it is Premiere Pro, After Effects and Prelude). This is in addition to the monthly for the suite.

Then their is additional VR support.

Visual Keyboard Shortcut Mapping (which they should have had since the start).



Enhanced open captions, Refined Lumetri Color Tools, and HDR support, Expanded Destination Publishing (something I have never used), Live Text Templates with Dynamic Graphics, Extra File Format Support including natvie QT DNxHD / DNxHR export! Improved Audio Effects with Higher Quality Sound Processing and improved Fidelity from Adobe Audition. Also faster GPU Accelerated effects, and improved support for Apple Metal.

Improvements to Dynamic Link with After Effects (woohoooooo)!



And a Global FX Mute Button for improved playback!

And it still works on El Capitan, which is nice for the Quo I work on, which I just spent too long getting it to run on El Cap to get it to Sierra. In fact it says it works with 10.10 10.11 or 10.12, so this actually goes back before El Capitan to Yosemite!
Comments

Adobe pulling an Apple with it's awesome SpeedGrade and gutting it, and not updating it

As you can see from my last post, Adobe has just announced it's next set of features for the Video Tools in Creative Cloud at IBC 2016. Unfortunately once again one program has been left out, Adobe SpeedGrade. Yes they are adding more color correction tools from SpeedGrade into Premiere Pro, but it has now been many years since SpeedGrade has had an update.

This is really a shame as it is a great color correction tool that needs some love, especially since it's ability to do a grade, and have it roundtrip back to Premiere Pro as a plug in, makes it so much more powerful for projects that have many versions than doing a grade in the more powerful DaVinci Resolve, in which you have to render out your grade. With Master Clips Grades in SpeedGrade those grade would be there for whole clips in future versions while you edit.

I just think it is a shame that they seem to be gutting SpeedGrade and not giving it the love it deserves. It really needs multi-monitor support so you can pull your scopes to a different monitor, and it needs some updates, especially moving some of the tools they have created for Premiere and moving them back into SpeedGrade. The lack of updates make it looks like it will go the way of the dodo, much like Apple did with the amazing Shake and Color apps that they purchased and then killed.

The death of SpeedGrade is a real shame!
Comments

Moving from Rapidweaver to a PC Web Site Creation Tool, any help would be appreciated! MacPro 4,1 EOL, so time to move to PC.

So if you have been reading my posts you know that my MacPro is nearing the end of it's life. The next version of OS X, macOS Sierra, officially does not support my MacPro 4,1. Now it does support the MacPro 5,1, and I can do a firmware flash and make my Mac think it is a 5,1, since the only different was a firmware upgrade and newer processors. So I will be able to Install Sierra, but the writing is on the wall and Sierra will likely be the last OS to support a 5,1 MacPro.

And it is not like I have a stock 4,1, it has an SSD, an NVIDIA GTX 670 with 4GB of RAM, and a ton of Hard drives, but the big issue is that Adobe Creative Cloud big updates tend to only work with the latest Mac Upgrade so my MacPro has maybe a year or at best 2 before it can no longer get OS upgrades, and will literally be a paperweight. Sure I can still run it for some things, but it won't be getting security upgrades, and software will stop working on it.

Now for most software I can easily move it to a PC, or if not easily it can at least be done. I can resave all my Pages files to word docs, and things like that, but for Web Site Creation it is not so Easy.

I run Rapidweaver 6 for web site creation. I used to make my own web sites in HTM, and have run many many programs from Net Objects Fusion when it was Mac, to Dreamweaver, but I don't want to code anymore, as basically when the web moved heavily to CSS I moved to WYSIWYG completely and gave up on coding for the most part.

So now I run RapidWeaver 6 (I know 7 is out, but do I really want to upgrade, when in the next few years I will be likely be moving to windows? Not really!) and do my 2 web sites, as well as my mom's web site for her business.

Of course RapidWeaver is unfortunately Mac only. So the question becomes what to rebuild my web sites in that would work on a PC. The obvious choices are not so obvious.

I already run Adobe Creative Cloud, so Dreamweaver makes sense if I wanted to code HTML, but I don't.

So I recently took a look at Adobe Muse, it's WYSIWYG web creation tool, that was created not by the Dreamweaver team, but by the Indesign team. And MUSE looks fantastic and powerful, except for one major thing, BLOGS!

And it is blogs that hurt the whole equation! I have one local Wordpress Blog, my Movie review blog, and 4 google blogger blogs. Now I know that not having a blog local means that it won't show up in search for the site, though I get around this in RapidWeaver by user the Loghound SiteMap plug in, which scans all of your blog entries and gives them local entries in your siteindex.xml. And honestly if I had to I could move all those Blogger blogs to local Wordpress blogs, to have all the entries show up as local pages, but even that doesn't help with Adobe Muse.

With Adobe Muse, there are no blogs. Sure a few third party plug ins have been made to make local blogs, and you can show blog entries from RSS, but there is literally no way to show your whole blog. Not even a local Wordpress blog! And it sounds like even if they do it will have to be blog posted on Adobe Business Catalyst and not on your own hosted web site.

If Adobe would let you use locally published Wordpress Blogs I would be fine, and could move my Blogger blogs to their own Wordpress blogs, and publish locally, but that doesn't sound like it will happen.

And so the point of this point, to ask, does anyone have a solution for me. The best solution would be a cross platform WYSIWYG solution that lets me remake my sites on my mac before I move to PC, and lets me integrate my Wordpress and Blogger blogs into the site easily. Now I could also go for a PC Only solution, and run it in either Bootcamp or Parallels ( I currently have both, so I can do that), but then I need a powerful WYSIWG web site editor that can incorporate outsite and local blogs, and is something like Rapidweaver.

Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Comments

Trying to figure out what programs I will use if I move from Mac to PC

I have been talking about it for ages, and have used Apple Computers since I was 7 and got an Apple IIC. I love my Mac, but it getting old, and the next macOS Sierra has end of lifed my 4,1 MacPro. Luckily I can hack it to become a 5,1 with a simple firmware hack, so I can install Sierra, but it is likely the last Mac OS my computer will run. And big Adobe updates usually require the latest Mac OS. And the new "MacPro", the trashcan is a joke that has not been upgraded since it's release in 2013. It isn't upgradeable, nor can it have more than one harddrive internally, so it isn't pro. And it's use of a Xeon processor is not a boon. Xeon's are usually a few generations behind on technology, the big difference is that Xeon's don't have an integrated graphics processor (which doesn't affect you if you us a high end graphics card) and they 2 processors! But the trashcan can only use one! And yes it can have 12 cores (for an insane price), but i7's have now reached 8 or 10 cores and are newer tech, so why not use those if you are only using one processor. I really don't get it!

And yes I could build a Hackintosh, but I have been using a Quo at work,mand while it is great, upgrades are never too fun, and you must disable security features to even install El Capitan.

So it is looking like my next computer is a PC, cause I can put an NVIDIA Geforce 1080, but I need to figure out moving away from many of my current programs.

I know I can move iTunes to PC, though I hear it doesn't work as well on the PC, but my library and ratings will make it over.

I can export and move my mailboxes, browsers and the like pretty easily. There is nothing to easily move my Photos library to Windows, but I can import my Library into Adobe Lightroom and it will take my Keywords, then move to PC so it will work there. Pages and the whole iWorks suite is a pain as I need to open each file and save it out to word (hopefully I can automate it).

Making my web sites is more of a pain. I have used many programs over time, starting with Net Objects Fusion before it went Windows only, and I have even used Dreamweaver, though my HTML skills have gone to hell, and I don't want to code anymore. So currently I use Rapidweaver, which makes it easy and I have 2 different web sites for me and my mom's web site, which can link to much web site content. Now I am starting to look at Adobe Muse as an alternative, but I am not sure it will easily plug into all the content I currently use, from YouTube, Vimeo, 500px, or Flickr, so sites you can easily upload things and have them automatically show up on your web site. And it looks like there is no way to embed my blogger blog into muse, as I have done with Rapidweaver. Might be able to do my self hosted wordpress, but not my blogger blogs. Damn!

Then I will of course have to figure out a bunch of other programs, and especially system tweaking, and a new backup system, as I can't use time machine anymore.

It is surprising to me how little info there is online for moving from Mac to PC. Any info or even programs to help seem to be made to go the other way.

Oh well, when it happens I will likely be running both machines for a while, until I am sure everything is moved over.

And I am sure I will miss my Mac in many ways as I have Windows 10 in parallels and bootcamp on my mac, but it works, and honestly is a more pro system nowdays.
Comments

The Palette Gear Controller



I can't believe I never heard of the Palette when it was in it's Kickstarter campaign, but this is a fully customizable controller with analogue controls. It has 4 levels of kit from $199-$899mfor a wooden controller,mand you can also get additional buttons, controllers and sliders which are all controllee by the core untit, amd they have programable lcd lights, so you can remember which button is set for what.

This sounds very cool, and I would love to try one out, though the lack of SpeedGrade control makes it certainly not as impressive, though it does work with basically the rest of the suite.

Jonny Elwyn has an awesome review, which goes heavily into the details.
Comments

Adobe Creative Cloud blog on the Essential Sound Panel in Audition CC

Durin Gleaves at the Adobe Creative Cloud blog has an awesome article on the new Essential Sound Panel in Adobe Audition for mixing DIalogue, Music, Sound Effects, Ambient or Environmental Audio in easy, but powerful ways. It can even retime or recompose a music clip to match a certain time!

Well worth a read, I am looking forward to trying this out, though wish it was integrated into Premiere so I don't have to do a separate mix, but could instead have it happen with the timeline (which I already put on different tracks for different mix types).
Comments

Adobe has licensed Apple ProRES playback for Wndows

Adobe today announced that they have licensed playback of Apple's ProRES, so it will be natively supported within Adobe Creative Cloud, without having to use Apple's Quicktime to do so (since it has been killed for Windows). Now it won't be able to write out to ProRES (so Window users will need another format), but it will be able to be read, and should be out soon.

They are also adding export support of mov wrapped DNxHD and DNxHR as well as playback of AAC audio and PNG compressed frames, and the native reading and writing of the legacy Animation format.

At least this gives ProRES a lifeline, though it is really too bad that it won't be able to write it as well, as ProRES is a great format, that looks to be in decline from now on.

I love that Adobe is doing this, but I still can't wrap my head around Apple's thoughts on this. Sure it saves them money in development, and in licensing fees, but to have a really pro format it needs to be cross platform!

Honestly with Apple's history with Pro Products (constantly making them great then killing them), and with the MacPro not being customize-able or upgrade-able at all (and not having been upgraded since it release in 2013), it looks to me like Apple is moving completely out of the high end pro market, and I worry that any of their high end software may not survive either!
Comments

VideoCopilot has released a free Star Wars Model Pack for Element 3D for May the 4th

VideoCopilot has released the Star Pack of Star Wars Elenents for Element 3D or Star Wars day May the 4th!

Awesome!
Comments

Yet again it looks like no SpeedGrade Upgrade in the next version of Creative Cloud

RedShark has a post on the Roadmap for the next version of Creative Cloud for Video to be shown at NAB this year. And the rumors look like once again, no more upgrades for SpeedGrade.

At a press briefing a few weeks ago where we first learned of these upgrades, but of course were not allowed to speak until the official announcement, a journalist questioned Adobe about Speedgrade future development and received a response to the effect of "we're concentrating on Premiere Pro in this iteration."

Actually what Adobe is doing with SpeedGrade seems to mirror what Apple did with Shake. Buy it, make it cheaper without changing it much, and integrate some part of it's tech into it's other apps, then stop updating it, until they just eventually kill it.

And the unfortunate thing is that SpeedGrade is a really great program, and the fact that a full grade comes back into Premiere Pro as a plug in is so much greater than having to render out each shot in DaVinci. And really the only thing it needs to get better is to let you move windows to a seperate monitor so you can have scopes be as big as you want.

And while it is great to have more SpeedGrade tech in Premiere (and even better to have it carry into After Effects), the simplified Lumetri color panel is so much less powetful than a full grade from SpeedGrade that it is almost useless. And really should have a more advanced version that allows for more powerful grades instead of lightroom like simplified controlls!
Comments

VideoCopilot has released a new free plug in, SABER!

VideoCopilot has released a new free plug in and tutorial, Saber! Yes this plug in is to easily create Light Saber effects, but in fact has many more uses, especially for free.





And here is there tutorial.

Comments (1)

Adobe Media Encoder won't put chapter markers in H264 Video

So this is something that has annoyed me for some time, and has really been annoying me of late, so I have been trying workaround.

So basically the issue is that you can create Chapter Markers in Adobe Premiere Pro in your sequence, which are ostensibly for use in Adobe Encore, but that program stopped with CS6, and after my last hard drive bailed after the El Capitan Update I don't even have it installed on my current hard drive.

Anyway, back in the day with Final Cut Pro 7 I could export a video with chapter markers and compress an H264 video with chapter markers using compressor. It would make Apple Compatible m4v files instead of a normal mp4 files, but chapter markers would work in most programs and show up on the web in most cases.

Unfortunately Adobe Media Encorder won't do this, as it only makes straight mp4 files, and since Encore is a dead program, the Chapter Markers in Premiere Pro are pretty much useless.

After much searching, and seeing all the ways people were making chapter markers (most of which are really a pain the ass, and don't use standard formatting for either the text file, or the timcode), I went back to basically my old way of doing this.

This is to export my video as a ProRES video which includes chapter markers, and then use HandBrake to encode it with Chapter Markers. Now not only this take longer, but also take up more hard drive space, but at least the chapter markers work!

And while m4v is a subset of mp4, it does play in most players including directly in Firefox, though doesn't show the chapters markers, but at least it plays fine. And I am OK with my chapters only working on Macs, because at least they will show for most people looking at my reel.
Comments

Why are there not Ergonomic Editors keyboards?

So I have been an editor for a long time now, and I spend so much time on a computer that at times I get massive Carpal Tunnel attacks. I have figured out solutions, and my main one is to use an ergonomic keyboard. I currently use a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000.

In fact I own 2. And I carry one to work with me ,as well as Kensington Expert Trackball as I never really got why you would need a wireless mouse or especially trackball.




 Of course at home I still use my last (my 3rd) Microsoft Trackball Explorer, which they stopped making years ago, and now sells for around $200 on ebay for a used one, and will never be replaced as the best Trackball ever made. No idea what I will do when my current one dies, but that is a bit off topic of this post.

So back on topic, I always use an ergo keyboard, and have an Aeron on home to help with my wrists (as well as some exercises with rubber bands I do when things get bad), but I would love to have an Editing keyboard. Yes I know most of the keyboard shortcuts I use on a regular basis, but there are still some in Premiere I don't know or think about and would love an a Premiere Pro editing keyboard, but they tend to be the standard Apple keyboards, which are flat and have no key travel (I like my keys to click and loved the old apple clicky keyboard) and they hurt my wrists! WHY OH WHY HAS NO ONE MADE AN ERGONOMIC EDITORS KEYBOARD?

I mean most editors spend way too much time on a computer, so you would think someone would do this! So if anyone is listening an Ergonomic Editors keyboard would be AMAZING! AS would someone copying the Microsoft Trackball Explorer, though unless I someday become a billionaire I doubt either will ever happen! Oh well.



Comments

Editing Hail Caesar by the Cohen brothers in Premiere Pro

Adobe is highlighting how the Cohen Brothers editing their new film, Hail Ceaser on Premiere Pro! Great to see a big film done on Premiere since I like it so much better than AVID of late. It's integration with the rest of the creative cloud just makes it so powerful if you do some good organization techniques.
Comments

Adobe Upgrades SpeedGrade update, but still not multi-monitor support, SpeedGrade needs an interface upgrade now!

Eric Philpott at Adobe blogs has the info on the latest update. While I am excited for some of the updates, especially LumetrinColor changes in Premiere carrying over to SpeedGrade, overall I am completely dissapointed.

I have really come to love SpeedGrade, and it's ability to put the grade as filters on clips, but the program needs an interface overhaul! The fact that it is still a single monitor program is unforgivable! You need to be able to move the viewer and scopes to a seperate monitor as you see fit! I want my controls and timeline on one screen and 3 scopes and a viewer on a second monitor (the viewer for doing masks, which you really can't do on an external video display). 

Sure DaVinci is a more powerful program, but the integration with Premiere and not having to render out your grade is amazing, but Adobe needs to stop porting it's features into Premiere, and fix it's interface!
Comments

Adobe has release After Effects CC 2015 (13.7) with CINEWARE 3.0

Check out Tim Kurkoski's blog post on the new features, which mostly are Bug Fixes and CINEWARE 3.0 for Cinema 4D with most features for the latest version (not the Lite Version included with After Effects).
Comments

Problems with MXF files that have been imported into Final Cut Pro X

So I was given some footage with absolutely no knowledge of how it was shot, or what format it was, but was not worried as I have am running Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Unfortunately I was wrong.

They all appear to be quicktime movies, but will not open in anything, or if they do only audio appears. And when I opened them in VLC it says it is a missing XALG encoder.

The only thing I could find on this issue is this unanswered post at Adobe Forums, and it seems to be my exact problem.

It turns out these are MXF files shot from a Sony Camera, and they were brought in through Final Cut Pro X (which I do not have on this machine), and it wrapped it in an MOV with the XALG encoder. The strange part is I do have the latest version of Motion so that I can get the Apple Pro Codec Updates, so you would think it would have the codec to play the video, but even motion won't open this quicktime movies.

Luckily I was able to get the person with the footage to send the original cards that the footage was shot on, and was able to copy them over and import the MXF files directly into Premiere Pro with no problem, but I can't seem to get the MOV's that Final Cut Pro X to open in anything. I figured Motion would do it, and was thinking maybe Compressor, but if Motion can't do it I am not spending the $50 on compressor, and certainly not paying Apple for Final Cut Pro again because it made some video footage useless.

This is a huge issue. Final Cut Pro X should not do anything to the files it imports, it should just play them all natively. That it wraps them in another file that makes them unusable by other programs makes me dislike this program even more.
Comments

Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheets

Jamie at Make a Web Site has posted an Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects Keyboard shortcut Cheat Sheets. Very cool. Check them out.
Comments

The Verge on Apple not using Final Cut Pro X

The Verge noticed a job listing for an editor at it's Beats Music division, but it is asking for someone with experience with AVID MEDIA COMPOSER and ADOBE PREMIERE PRO! Ha! It seems even Apple does not use Final Cut Pro X.
Comments

Major problems with El Capitan

http://www.apple.com/osx/

Well Apple recently released it's next OS X upgrade, OS X El Capitan, and for me at least it has nothing but trouble.

I run a MacPro 4,1, which is rapidly again, but still works well for video work (especially with an NVIDIA GTX 670 with 4GB of RAM of it), and so far my upgrade to OS X El Capitan has been a nightmare.

First off Messages no longer works for me. I cannot log into Messages with my Apple account, it says that I can't activate my account. I have been trying solutions since it came out, including deleting preferences, resetting my keychain, setting up a new account (and it still wouldn't work there), and re-installing El Capitan, but still it does not activate. So Messages is just completely broken for me. And I am not running a Hackintosh, nor have I changed mortherboards and lost my serial number (it still shows up in about this Mac).

And then there are the problems with Mail. While my accounts have come over, it seems it has removed the passwords from the outgoing mail servers, and since they are so badly hidden within Apple Mail (in advanced and you have to select custom in a drop down menu to get to them), it is a super pain to go in and re-enter all of my passwords so that I can actually send mail! And this seems to have happened with my mom's computer as well, and I can't easily fix it, since I can't log into Messages to do video chat and take over her computer! ANNOYING!

And while the startup seems quicker now, my finder is very slow and so is iTunes! And my first step on any repair has always been to repair permissions, but you with Disk Utility at least, you can't do that anymore. That feature has been removed as the system is supposed to do that itself when you install a new program, but I would like to be able to do that myself. Now Titanium software's Onyx still says it does that, I am not sure you should anymore, though I am going to try it.

Now Alsfot's Diskwarrior works on El Capitan, but it's repairs have not helped my system at all. And TechTool Pro needs to be updated to work so I can't try that.

And another annoyance is that iTeleport Connect, which I use to VNC into my computer from my iPad needs you to enter your admin password every time it starts in El Capitan, so if the machine restarts I can no longer VNC into my computer without first being there to enter the password! I am sure this is a security feature, but I have saved my Machine using iTeleport when some driver screwed up and I was still able to VNC in, but with it not able to log in on it's own I can't do that anymore! FRUSTRATING!!!

And that is to say nothing of pretty much the whole Adobe Video suite not working at all in El Capitan! And there is no word from Adobe of an update (other than some word that their previous demo of After Effects running on Metal [of of the new big features of El Capitan] and running 8 x faster will likely not be coming to consumers) that will fix this. Hopefully they are working with Apple and an update is coming, but so far there is no word.

So far El Capitan is a huge bust for me, and I wish I hadn't upgraded at all. Apple should not have released this until the bugs were worked out, and important software like Adobe's Creative Cloud actually worked!
Comments

Oliver Peters on Lumetri Color in Premiere Pro CC 2015

Oliver Peters at digitalfilms has a nice look into Lumetri Color in Premiere Pro CC 2015.

It is worth checking out, and actually pointed out some things I didn't realize.

I didn't realize that the grade in Premiere Pro is separate from a SpeedGrade grade, and none of the grading passes over. This is really too bad. I really like SpeedGrade is an awesome Grading program, and it could be amazing with just a little work from Adobe, but instead they are porting some of it's functionality into Premiere, but dumbing it down to a much more Lightroom like interface, instead of a Pro Grading Suite as SpeedGrade is.

I would be much happier if the grade was in fact the same and passed from one to other so you could use the high end grading controls if you want or the lightroom like controls in Premiere.

It actually kind of scares me that they might just dump speedgrade (no upgrades this time around), when really all it needs are a few little tweaks like multi monitor support to make it really powerful.
Comments

A problem with Paste Atributes in Adobe Premiere Pro 2015

I don't know if this was issue before 2015, but I really noticed it on an edit today.

When you are copying and pasting attributes of a file, it doesn't paste size correctly if you have unselected uniform scale. I have clips that are a strange aspect ratio so I have to scale the height and width separately, and the only way to paste the attributes correctly is to first unselect uniform scale, and the paste works as you would think. this is frustrating with many clips, and uniform scale should be one of the attributes that Adobe copies when you copy and paste them, but it is not.
Comments

Can't save Premiere Pro 2015 Projects to earlier version

The latest and greatest Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 came out, and you should be warned of some issues.

First off the new version requires OS X Yosemite on a Mac, the latest OS Version. This means if you have a computer that is going to be slow on Yosemite or doesn't have enough memory you are SOL even with a subscription to Creative Cloud. And this makes 2 other major problems.

The first is that when you install the new version the default setting is to remove 2014 from your system. You can get around this if you know by going to advanced settings and not allowing this, or by re-installing the old versions, but this is an annoyance that was never hear before. Normally it kept all your old versions.

And the second and worse part is that projects saved in Premiere Pro 2015 cannot be opened in 2014, and even worse there is not a way to save down a version like Premiere used to have. In fact you could save down a version in each version then open in that version and save down again. Now you can only save projects to 2015.

The only workaround is to export a Final Cut Pro XML and import that in 2015, but that can be messy. On my first attempt at that, the clip size got messed up (making ever clip 33% wider, which was fine for clips that had not been resized, but for resized clips make for a lot of work). And even worse for projects with lots of text created in Premiere Pro, it all gets wiped out, and leaves a clip with some of the text (but not all) as a marker. This is nuts!

Adobe needs to put back in the ability to save down a version, as not everyone upgrades right away or at all!

I have of course reported this as a bug to Adobe (you can see the form right here) and you should to, because if they get enough complaints they will have to put this feature back in!
Comments

Adobe has released Creative Cloud 2015

Adobe has officially released the latest version of Creative Cloud!


Am installing it now. Looking forward to the new features, though still pissed that SpeedGrade didn't at least get a dual monitor view where you can move windows (especially the scopes to another monitor).


Comments

Problems Batch Relinking MXF files in After Effects that were sent from Premiere Pro using Adobe Dynamic Link

So I am working multiple projects right now, primarily on a single machine, but had to render out some 30 minute very complicated projects in Adobe Media Encorder, and I have found it is very unstable with the long complicated projects, so we copied the media to an alternate drive and I moved to another machine. Premiere Pro easily relinked my whole project in a few seconds, but with after effects it was not so easy.

I had quite a few After Effects compositions that I had sent from Premiere Pro, and the problem arose from the fact that the media are MXF files from a P2 card. Normally in after effects if you replace a single file with it's original file, it looks and relinks all the files it can in that same structure, but this does not work with MXF files.

MXF files that were imported using Adobe Dynamic Link from Premiere pro show up without their extension in After Effects, while the actual files have the .mxf extension. If you import the same files normally in After Effects they show up fine with extension, so this is a Dynamic Link issue. And the problem is that when you replace a file with it's correct original, it does not see the other files as the correct file because they don't have the correct extension in After Effects.

These are the MXF files after relinking.



This means that you have to manually relink the files in After Effects one at a time, which is a major time waster. I am pretty sure that this is an Adobe Dynamic Link issue, so I have reported this to adobe and hope that someday they fix this bug (you can report bugs and features requests to Adobe here).

Of course this wasn't my only issue, as when I brought the project back to the original system after using File Synchronization to bring the projects back to the original issue, the Premiere Pro project got messed up. The timeline is completely screwed up and doesn't show correctly.

Here is the messed up version, and zooming, scrolling or anything doesn't help.
Here is what the sequence should look like.

Now I was able to work around this, by opening the earlier project in Premiere and using the Media Browser to import the new sequence into Premiere Pro. The cool part is that it also imported all the new files that I had imported into the proper places within the project. They were offline, but it was easy enough to relink the files. Still not sure what happened here, but it is furstrating!






Comments

Macnn Feature Thief article on Final Cut Pro, iMovie and iDVD

William Gallagher and Charles Martin have an interesting article on Apple and it's changes to it's video lineup. It goes into iMovie, Final Cut Pro and iDVD, and how Apple upgraded the first 2 with less features, but slowly made better versions.

My biggest complaint with the article would be on who they polled as they say that most of the people who were angry over Apple's switch from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X have moved back X (with a cursory mention of Premiere Pro as an alternative).

Personally being a professional editor, I did give the initial Final Cut Pro X a try, and hated it. And got a refund and have not gone back. There are some features that I do really like in X (especially it's handling of Meta Data), but since I edit complicated graphics heavy shows, it is the timeline that is the deal breaker for me, and it is the fundamental feature of X, so no matter how many updates they do, the timeline is too unorganized and broken for it to make sense for a 15 track highly organized video project.

And of all the editors that I know, I have only heard of one that has gone back to X and really likes it now. And while features are starting to make their move to Premiere Pro, there have only been a few instances I have heard of big houses moving to X. Most of the big houses I know that were basically all Final Cut Pro have moved to AVID at the studios insistence (kick backs?!??!), while most commercial houses have moved to Premiere Pro for it's fidelity with graphics.

I just don't see Final Cut Pro X as a viable solution, and with Apple's history of dropping software, I don't trust Apple to keep it going anyway!
Comments (1)

Adobe considering buying The Foundry

The telegraph is reporting that Adobe is considering buying The Foundry. It seems The Foundry's private equity owners have put it up for sale, and Adobe might be interested.

Now this will likely scare some of the high end users of the Foundry's software, but seems like a perfect fit for Adobe who would like to get into the high end of film compositing. as well as 3D. And the foundry has the high end node based compositor Nuke, Modo for 3D sculpting, Mari for 3D painting as well as powerful Plug Ins including a 3D Camera Tracker, Keylight for Green Screen keying, Kronos for CUDA accelerated After Effects retiming and Motion blur and Furnace for 2D problem solving in Nuke. Of course they also have Ocula for 3D imagery in Nuke, and Katana for relighting shots, as well as Flix for Visual Story Development, and Colorway for Design colaboration and Heiro for shot management, conform and review, which would likely just be rolled into Adobe Dyanmic Link.

And it would be just awesome to have all or most of this rolled into your Creative Cloud subscription, and hopefully Adobe would keep developing all these applications and not just do Dynamic Link enhancements (which they seem to have done with SpeedGrade, worrying more about putting the tech into Premiere than enhancing the original app when it really needs some upgrades).

Of course Linux users will likely be worried, as most Nuke users run on Linux, and Adobe has only ever released one version of Photoshop for Linux, and then killed it.

Still I would be much happier with this, than say Apple's purchase of Shake, which while it did drop the price, really just ended with them stealing some tech and killing the program.

And with Black Magic making Fusion so cheap or even free for most users, The Foundry really needs to compete with Nuke, so this would likely do it.
Comments

Adobe teases Character Animator

Tod Kopriva at Adobe's AfterEffects blog has given a preview of the new Adobe Character Animator for After Effects.


This looks like fun, though obviously a work in progress for animating Photoshop or Illustrator characters. Not sure how much use I will have for this, but will likely learn it anyway!


Comments

Adobe teases the next version of SpeedGrade and the new Project Candy

At it's Moving Colors blog, adobe has teased the next version of Adobe SpeedGrade. Unfortunately it doesn't really go into the program itself, just going into it's integration with Adobe Premiere Pro. I was really hoping for multi-monitor support, as I find it the biggest problem of SpeedGrade. I want to be able to put my scopes huge on a second monitor so I can see them!

Anyway, here are the features that they list, and the videos which I have already shown in the Premiere Pro post.

•The Lumetri Panel in Premiere Pro.



•Curves, Hue and Saturation in Premiere Pro



•Lumetri 3 Way Color Corrector in Premiere Pro



•Taking it SpeedGrade, your Lumetri color correct in Premiere Pro shows as a single Lumetri Color Layer in SpeedGrade.

•Introducting Project Candy. This is a new app for your phone that lets you take a photo and color match it in 3D color space and save it to your Creative Cloud library and apply it in Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop or SpeedGrade. To me it doesn't seem all new, but an update the existing iOS Adobe Color App that would let you take photos to make color swatches. The funny part is while I think it is a cool idea, I would rather have the tech built into After Effects or Premiere, so I could do this with a photo on the computer, as I am much more likely to find a reference image that I want to use instead of a photo I am going to take with my phone.
Comments

Adobe teases next version of Media Encoder

Adobe has teased the next version of Adobe Media Encoder at the Adobe PremierePro blog.

Here is a quick breakdown of the new features.

•Time Tuner to retime your sequences 5% with predictable results or even 10% at times.



•Dolby Digital output.



•JPEG 2000 MXF Support.

•User interface refinements
Comments

Adobe teases the next version of Adobe Audition

Adobe has teased the next version of Audition at it's Adobe Audition blog.

Here is a quick breakdown of the new features revealed.

•Dynamic Link Streaming to play back Premiere Pro sequences directly.



•Full Screen Mirror Video Display on a second monitor.

•Relink Media



•Automatic Session File Backup

•Copy Imported Assets to Session Folder

•Schedule Recording

•Custom Level Meters Crossover Values

•Import/Export Markers

•Brazilian Portuguese Language Support

•Audio Driver Performance and Stability Updates

This is a program I need to delve into more, but really I hope to pass my audio on to a real mixer, so it has never been as important to me.
Comments

Adobe teases the next release of After Effects

Todd Kopriva at his AfterEffects blog has teased the next version of After Effects to be shown at NAB next week.

Here is a quick breakdown of the new features.

•Creative Cloud libraries to share graphics and looks between Premiere, Photoshop and Illustrator.

•Greater Interactive Performance thanks to a new architecture. Let's hope it doesn't break all current plug ins!

•Unified and Simplified previews.



•A preview of Adobe Character Animator.



•Face Tracker Effect.


Yes this all sounds pretty exciting, though the character animator seems pretty niche.
Comments

Adobe Reveals the next release of Premiere Pro

Adobe has revealed some features from it's next version of Creative Cloud at it's PremierePro blog.

Here is a quick breakdown.

•Lumetri Color Panel. Adobe has integrated more of the color engine of SpeedGrade directly in Premiere Pro, but with simpler to use controls for editors, but all grades will easily pass over to SpeedGrade. Now you get SpeedGrades videoscopes, and controls simplified to work like Lightroom as well as a new Lumetri 3 Way Color Corrector.


 The Lumetri Control Panel



New Curve and Hue/Saturation Controls


New Lumetri 3 Way Color Corrector

•Morph Cut allows you to seamlessly morph between to edits in a talking head interview to make it look like a single cut (kind of scary, but also an incredible tool if it works as described).



•CC Libraries have been integrated into Premiere Pro and After Effects so you can save looks and graphics wherever you are logged into Creative Cloud.

•Premiere Clip, Adobe's portable editing solution has an upgraded workflow.



•Task Oriented Workspaces for editing, coloring, audio work or other needs (much like AVID's similar functions).



•New formats including ProRes 4444XQ Avid DNxHR, Canon XF-AVC and Panasonic 4K_HS.

•Closed Caption Support

•Composite Previews during trim

•Simpler Keyboard numerical import

•Source Settings as Master Clip Effects

•Improved AAF Exports

•Improved Audio Routing

•Improved Audition workflow, where audition will play the video directly from your media instead of rendering a video of your video.

•Improved Mercury Transmit Performance

•Time Tuner in Premiere and Media Encoder to allow you to retime a show up to 5% easily and possibly up to 10% in either direction without losing quality.

Sounds impressive. I am looking forward to getting my hands on it!
Comments

Adobe has given us a peak at the new video features in Creative Cloud

Next Week at NAB Adobe will be showing off the next release of Adobe Creative Cloud's video suite with updates to apps. We knew this was coming as Adobe announced on March 18th that the next version of Creative Cloud will only work with Mac Os X 10.9 Yosemite and higher.

Check out this video that shows the most exciting new features!


Comments

Used Premiere Pro's Capture for the first time yesterday

I was handed a DVCAM tape yesterday and work was going to rent a DVCAM deck to capture. I said I would do it myself since I have a Sony DS-20 in my office. I used to use it all the time, but it mostly gathers dust now, so it was good to give it a run, and I decided to try it out with Premiere Pro.

Now I knew that Premiere had a very simple capture engine that would work with HDV or DV, so I decided to give it a try. It has very few settings, just which capture setting, then you can set in's and outs, change clip and tape names and capture a clip or a tape. The problem is that the tape was old, and it kept failing on the capture, and it doesn't seem to have a setting to automatically break up clips when there is a break in timecode. After many many attempts that failed, I gave up and switched to Final Cut Pro 7.

Final Cut Pro 7 still has a much more powerful capture engine, and will in fact break up a capture if you set it to, so you get clips around the breaks, but surprisingly it managed to capture the whole 1 hour and 50 minutes in one go, not making any breaks.

So honestly I am glad Final Cut Pro 7 still runs on Yosemite, as it does still have some uses. Looks like I will need to keep a backup of this system state before the next OS which will likely break Final Cut Pro 7 completely so I can still capture DV easily if need be.
Comments

An additional issue with Adobe Premiere Pro sequences in SpeedGrade CC 2014

So I have been working more with Speedgrade, finishing the grade on this twenty eight and a half minute long show, and I realized another issue.

Actually it is very like the issue with the multicam clips, where you can grade them, and the grade shows up in Premiere, but the Lumetri Effect does not on clips with an Alpha or that or Premiere Pro Text layers.

This is an issue when replacing graphics with textless versions and you can't just take the same grade from existing clips, because the while the grade shows up, it is does not show up as an effect that you can edit or copy or do anything with in Premiere Pro.

This gives me memories of precomputes and AVID! The horror!

I really hope Adobe fixes this and the the other issues I previously posted with a new update of Creative Cloud at NAB this year, as I really do love how the grade ends up on your original sequence (for the most part). I do really like the program, but some of the issues really do make DaVinci seem more viable for the moment.
Comments

Issues with Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014

So I am a commercial editor and lately have really moved to Premiere Pro after the death of Final Cut Pro 7 (as you will know if you regularly read this blog). I do much of my work in Commercials and direct response and many of the houses I work at have moved over to Premiere Pro for it's speed and integration with After Effects.

We have been using DaVinci Resolve for color correction, but with the upgrades to Adobe SpeedGrade with CC 2014 I learned it and have been wanting to give it a try. Mainly because of it's integration with the adobe suite, and the fact that it puts the grade onto the clips as a plug in that can be easily removed, instead of having to render out a new sequence with clips with handles, which makes major changes to the sequence much harder. And with the addition of working with Black Magic Cards it was time to try it out.

So on the current 28:30 Direct Response show I have been editing I am doing the grade in SpeedGrade, and while some it has some very good features, it has some very glaring issues that adobe needs to fix immediately!


  • First and foremost if the fact that SpeedGrade is made to work on one monitor, with a second monitor being your view monitor. And if you use an AJA or Black Magic card, it still forces the whole interface into a single monitor. You can't peel off any of the segments and move them to a separate monitor. This is especially troublesome with a complicated timeline! I have 14 video tracks in my current show, so my timeline needs to be fairly large, but you still need the controls to be big enough to use, so what suffers are the scopes, which have shrunk to a minuscule size and are very hard to use! PLEASE ADOBE FIX THIS IMMEDIATELY! We need to be able to re-arrange the window and move things to a second monitor as we see fit. It really makes this program hard to use!

  • Number 2 is certainly the issues with Insufficient Resources dialogue which kicks out the video card, so you are only using the CPU to render. And sometimes it makes your images get a crazy clue cast. Now I am using an NVIDIA GTX 680 Mac Edition, which isn't the newest or greatest video card, but is pretty decent, but I don't think it is the cards issue, but instead is with effects and the Mercury Render Engine. The problem always happens on clips with effects on them, but it transitions other than dissolves or even Warp Stabilizer or speed effects on clips. SpeedGrade just can't handle them, and turns off your GPU and you have to at the least restart Speedgrade to get the GPU back on. The thing is that the problem will instantly occur if another filtered clips is hit when you restart. If the Mercury Playback Engine can't handle this in SpeedGrade, Adobe should figure out a way to turn off these FX when they come into SpeedGrade and turn them back on when you go back to Premiere. You can do it manually by turning them off or removing them in Premiere, but then you have to remember to put them all back when you return your grade to Premiere, but that is a workaround and may cause you to miss important FX or transitions.
  • Number 3 is issues with Multi-Cam clips in Premiere Pro. If you have multi-cam clips in your sequence you can grade them in SpeedGrade, but they do not show up as a plug in in Premiere, neither on the multi-cam clip or within it's sequence, though the grade does show up. To get around this I duplicate my multicam clips on another layer, and then flatten them. This creates another problem, which it makes each clip a separate instance instead of going back to the master clips, so for these clips you cannot do a single grade on a master clip. Now admittedly this is a Premiere Pro issue, but on that needs to be fixed to make SpeedGrade work better. As being able to user the Master Clip Grade is so much quicker and easier.
  • Number 4 for is the timeline. It needs to have better zoom controls instead on showing the whole timeline, 6 seconds or from your in to out. I want to be able to zoom in or out to where I desire.
  • Number 5 is a keyboard navigation issue. When I use the numerical controls for a grade and I type a number into a box, hitting the tab should move to the next box and activate the grade I have entered. Instead I have to click out of the box with the mouse, which is slow and not efficient. So Adobe, you need to let us navigate with the keyboard. This is faster and more efficient, especially for those of us without a dedicated color control board.
  • Number 6 is faster opening of Premiere Pro sequences. I am sure this has to do with converting the sequence to work, but it takes a long time, many minutes at times, and is especially painful if you keep getting hit with the insufficient resources bug from above.
That is it for now. The single monitor and Insufficient Resources could be deal breakers for many, but for now I love the conveniece, and love that it leaves my original sequence intact in Premiere Pro, but lets hope Adobe makes this program more adobe like in the near future (NAB please Adobe), so that the ease of going back and forth is complimented by a program that is easier to use and doesn't have some glaring issues.

Honestly if Adobe makes this better, I see no reason to use DaVinci Resolve with Premiere even if it is a superior program, just because of the ease of use of SpeedGrade.
Comments

AE with Mikey, a very cool YouTube channel with Tutorials for After Effects



Check out this very cool YouTube Channel with Tutorials for After Effects. Worth checking out.
Comments

Adobe releases SpeedGrade CC 2014.2

Adobe has upgrade Speedgrade to CC 2014.2 with mostly bug fixes and improved color wheel usability.

Still no mention of my Multi-Clip Sequence issues. Hopefully that will be soon as this can be a major problem, even though there are workarounds (to flatten your sequences).
Comments

Adobe releases Prelude CC 2014.2 Update

Adobe has updated Prelude to CC 2014.2, and Michael Lewis's Adobe Blog has the news.

This looks to be bug fixes, and removal of the Speech to text functionality.
Comments

Adobe releases After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2)

Adobe has updated Adobe After Effects to CC 2014.2 (13.2). Tim Kikoski's adobe blog has the list of features and bug fixes.

New Features include scripting improvements for text layers and expression access to dynamic layer bounds, as well as new keyframe icons which should stand out more against the dark background. And the bug fixes are all welcome, especially any speed improvements for Dynamic Link.
Comments

Adobe Releases Story CC December 2014

Adobe has updated Story CC to December 2014 version.

You now have more control over templates, with changeable font, font size, color and attributes of the camera shot and video tape text elements as well as bug fixes.
Comments

Adobe releases Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.2

Adobe has updated Adobe Media Encoder CC to 2014.2. Al Mooney's blog at Adobe has the new features and bug fixes.

Looks like some new presets, the ability to publish on encode to YouTube or Vimeo, and add Preset Name to output name. They have also turned off the success chime and goat noise by default, and the have some bug fixes of course.
Comments

Adobe releases Premiere Pro CC 2014.2

Adobe has updated Premiere Pro CC 2014, and you can check out the bug fixes and new features at Al Mooney's blog here.

Nothing on my Multi-Clip sequence bugs, but bug fixes are always a good thing.
Comments

Bugs in Adobe Premiere Pro Multi-Clip Seqeunces

If you read my blog you probably know that Adobe Premiere Pro has become my editing software of choice, especially for anything graphics heavy. It really is the spiritual successor to Final Cut Pro 7, though obviously more modern and high powered, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have bugs.

One major one that they really need to fix has to do with Multi-Clip Sequences. 

Multi-Clip Sequences are how Premiere deals with multi cam, and it has an awesome ability to sync clips on it's own using embedded audio and to chose which audio is used for all clips (so say your good external audio can be used for all angles. This all works great, the problem comes when trying to resize any of these clips in a timeline.

If you try to resize a Multi-Clip sequence in a timeline the resize will not render, leaving the clip looking awful and very interlaced and low quality. And it shows in the timeline as not needing a render. To solve this you need to flatten the clips and then you can render and make the zoom look how they finally look. The problem is that it would be better to not ever have to flatten an image, so you can make changes at any point, and it is always better to have it look correct, especially when working with a client in the room.

One way to really notice is if you put an image with alpha over part of the Multi-Clip that has been resized. Having the alpha image over the Multi-Clip forces it to render correctly, but only for the portion with the alpha image over it, which can make the unrendered part look even more jarring!

The client or Producer often ask to push in on shots, so I run into this bug all the time. Adobe needs to fix this so these clips render properly while still in Multi-Clip sequences!

And I have discovered a second major bug with Multi-Clip Sequences, and that has to do with a roundtrip to Adobe SpeedGrade.

A major touted new feature of the Adobe Suite is being able to quickly and easily roundtrip your Adobe Premiere Pro sequences into SpeedGrade and back to Premiere. And your grade shows up in Premiere Pro as an effect that can be turned off or removed in Premiere Pro.

The problem comes when using Multi-Clip sequences and trying this round trip. Yes the grade works and shows up in Premiere Pro, but the effect does not. So you cannot turn it off or copy and paste it onto other clips. The Multi-Clip sequences in your sequence show up with the grade baked in, and the only way to change that is to go back to SpeedGrade.

So that is it for Multi-Clip Sequences for now. I have more bugs that I will be blogging about and reporting to Adobe in the near future so keep your eyes out for more of my posts.
Comments

Adobe releases Adobe Prelude CC 2014.1

Adobe has released Adobe Prelude CC 2014.1, you can check out the new features here.
Comments

Adobe releases Adobe CC Plus CC 2014.1

Adobe has updated Adobe Story Plus Creative Cloud 2014.1 with new features.
Comments

The Libraries Panel in Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC

Julieanne Kost's Blog at Adobe has a great article on the Libraries Panel in Photoshop CC.

I really didn't realize this feature was in there, or how powerful it is, especially with syncing across your creative cloud accounts and Photoshop and Illustrator. Now they really need to add this panel into After Effects, as there are elements I would love to be able to use across all apps.
Comments

Adobe has released Audition 2014.1

Adobe has released Audition Creative Cloud 2014.1.

You can check out the new features at the link.
Comments

Adobe has released Photoshop CC 2014.2

Adobe has released Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014.2!



I am most excited about improved Guides, which can create guides from selected layers! And Overscroll, so you can go past the image when it is in full view! And I like that Adobe Color (formerly Kuler) is now integrated!
Comments

Adobe has released After Effects CC 2014.1

Adobe has released Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud 2014.1! You can check out this post from Todd Kopriva on the new features.

I love how fast they are updating the Creative Cloud suite. This is how editing software should be. It should constantly get better, and with Adobe it really is!
Comments

Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014.1 Released!

Adobe released Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014.1 today!

I have been excited for this, especially for finally having BlackMagic I/O support, as most places I work use BlackMagic cards, so this really lets me use it as a solution. And having audio playback is huge as well as you can color via cues.

I am looking forward to seeing how multiclip works. This was my other big issue with SpeedGrade, as you can grade multiclip clips in Speedgrade, but the grade didn't show up in Premiere Pro, which is a huge issue, so lets hope this fixes that. (I will let you know when I check it).
Comments

Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.1 Released

Adobe has released Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.1. Always great to have a new version, and the new interface for the video suite looks great!
Comments

Adobe Updated and added to it's iOS Mobile Apps

Adobe has completely updated it's line up of Mobile Apps. Including Adobe Premiere Clip for Editing and Adobe Voice for creating animated videos from Lightroom, and Adobe Illustrator Draw and Line apps. And the new Adobe Shape to create custom Vector Shapes.

Very cool. If only their pen and ruler were less than $200. I still wish I had the Wacom tablet, though really it needs a new version, but maybe the Wacom pen would be great.
Comments

Adobe releases Premiere Pro CC 2014.1

Adobe has released Premiere Pro CC 2014.1.

Awesome. This release includes Search Bins, Timeline Search, Multiple Project Workflows, Source Monitor Timeline View and Consolidate and Transcode. You can see all the new features at their blog post.

Personally I like the ability to have 4 font size choices, though I kind of wish their was a smaller one than their is. And assignable Marker colors is great.

And it looks great. The darker look and flat effects look awesome. Looking forward to learning the ins and outs of the new features.
Comments

PVC on Premiere Pro CC 2014.1

Scott Simmons has a great in depth article on the new features announced in the upcoming Premiere Pro CC 2014.1 Update. He also links to Dave Hemley's 28 minute discussion on the new features, which I have included.


Some of my thoughts on features I had missed.

•I didn't see the changeable Font Size for bins, but it makes a lot of sense, especially for HiDPI monitors.

•And being able to open Sequences from other projects without importing them is pretty huge as well.

•Bezier in tracking is a much needed addition.

Very exciting. Honestly they can't get this out fast enough!
Comments

Adobe After Effects CC 2014.1 Announced

Adobe has announced Adobe After Effects CC 2014.1 otherwise known as version 13.1.

• Of course it has HiDPI support with an enhanced User interface!
• Copy with Relative Property Links
•Color management for Dynamic Link to fix color shifts, WOOHOO
•Maxon Cineware version 2.0 and Maxon Cinema 4D Lite R16 (for compatibility, though likely none of the new features of the pay version) with a collect files feature
•GoPro support

Sounds exciting, lets hope they get it in our hands quick!
Comments

Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.1 announced

Adobe has announced Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.1

Yes it has HiDPI support and a refined user interface.

It has Destination Publishing, so you can have it deliver as it encodes.

Watch folders for encoding.

Better Match source support, and rewrap for MXF.

Multiplexing during encoding, and GoPro Support.

Sounds great!
Comments

Adobe Audition 2014.1 announced

Adobe has announced Adobe Audition 2014.1.

HiDPI support, a new UI, better video import, better playback, faster launch and better import.

An updated Speech Volume Leveler tool and you can set a Target Dynamic Range.
Comments

Adobe Premiere Pro 2014.1 announced

Adobe has announced the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro 2014.1.

It will have search bins that you can keep, advanced timeline search, and Multiple Project Workflows, where you can have different projects open in the Media Browser, instead of having to just import other projects! AWESOME!

There is now a Consolidate and Transcode, as well as a Render and Replace for After Effects Dynamically Linked in your sequence where you can still return to the original media or comp at any time! SO MUCH BETTER!

It works with GoPro CineForm and AJA RAW.

Masking and Tracking has been sped up and better Master Clip Effects.

Also better send to Audition and AAF Export.

And of course HiDPI monitor support.

Honestly I can't wait!

Comments

What's coming in Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014.1, it answers most of my issues

The Adobe SpreedGrade Blog has info on the next version of Adobe SpeedGrade Creative Cloud 2014.1.

And it answers most of my problems with SpeedGrade that I have been complaining about, though a problem with multiclips isn't mentioned (and I will talk more about it later).

The coolest feature is the addition of CURVES, which I have talked about! Woohoo. Curves are such a fast and easy way to quickly do a correct on an image and it will soon be here!

The Second is BlackMagic support, not just AJA anymore! NICE!

Also there is layer based grouping to easily work on effects.

They also have added across the Video Suite support for HiDPI displays, which is great, though without much support for HiDPI monitors, it won't affect too many.

Audio is now supported for DIrect Link, for easier sync to audio cues, which is great.

Let's hope this comes out soon!

The only issue that they still need to work on is multi angle clips. I have been working with them in Premiere Pro and while you can color correct them, the plug-in doesn't show up in Premiere Pro, so you can't turn off the correction there as you can with other clips. They need to fix this soon, and lets hope they did in this version, though I am not holding my breath.
Comments

Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Speedgrade my first experience

speedgrade_2x

I recently spent the time to get decent at DaVinci Resolve, and really enjoyed it. It is a powerful and impressive grading program, and I will certainly be making extensive use of it in the future. I of course have Adobe SpeedGrade though, as it is part of the Adobe Suite, and with the latest version of Creative Cloud 2014 it has not only allowed for your whole timeline to translate over to SpeedGrade (it used to only take on track at a time), but it also applies the looks that you create almost instantly back into Premiere Pro and puts them on the clips as Lumetri Filter FX that play back in reel time on most clips, and mean you don't have to render out the clips as new clips, you can have your Color correct attached to the original clips! Not only that you can always go back and edit the effects in SpeedGrade at any time! THIS IS AWESOME!

And it works great, at least in initial testing! I was able to quickly come up with a pretty good grade, and quickly send it back to Premiere Pro where it was put back onto the original clips in the sequence! Wow! And I love the new Master Clips setting, which lets you set a grade for every instance of a source in the timeline, what a time saver!

I have to admit SpeedGrade is a little quirky though. It doesn't handle dual monitors well, not letting you split parts of it's interface off at all (which meant my scopes were too small). And it basically has no menus everything being in the interface, which seems very un-Adobe like. Not too hard to use once you learn the basics, but certainly confusing for a beginner.

And I hate the lack of Curves. Sure you can go in and you have 9 levels of control over individual luminance levels of an image and can do different color effects to each, and that is certainly powerful and has it's place, but curves such a quick and easy way of control the look of a whole image at once, that it would be a very powerful addition to SpeedGrade.

The other would be support for more than just AJA Video Output. They need to get BlackMagic support in their as more places have the less expensive alternative to AJA. And you really need video output to get a great grade.

Still, even with these issues I would consider using SpeedGrade for grading with Premiere Pro because it is so easy to do, and just have the grade within Premiere Pro, easily changeable and easily removable. For now I will still go with DaVinci for things that need reel precision, as it works with Black Magic (and that is what most machines I work on use) and has curves, and even some editing functionality, but the integration with Premiere Pro means that I will be turning to Adobe SpeedGrade for much of my color grading needs!
Comments

More on After Effects Creative Cloud issues with Warp Stabilizer Background Processing

This morning I re-installed After Effects, though it said it failed on aeselflink being open, but when I forced quit it it still would not finish install. I restarted and started after effects again. And this time Warp Stabilizer worked on 5 out of 6 clips. Quickly working in under a minute per clip, but on the last clip, aeselflink crashed again, and once again I can't get Warp Stabilizer to work in After Effects. Frustrating! Especially when it works just find in Premiere Pro.

And zero responses on Adobe Forums.
Comments

My Adobe Forums Post on After Effects Creative Cloud issues with Warp Stabilizer Background Processing

So I made a post at the Adobe Forums to see if I can get any help, you can check it out here.

I tried the second solution from Adobe Forums here as well, and am down to these quicktime components.

AE-QuicktimeComponents

And interestingly I didn't see any not responding in the Activity Monitor,

AE-ACtivityMonitor

but I still got the DynamicLink Server timeout.

AE-DynamicLinkTimedOut

And the Analysis never started. Very frustrating!
Comments

Trouble with After Effects Creative Cloud issues with Warp Stabilizer Background Processing Continues

OK, more on the problem.

First off I got After Effects to open after one crash after one crash (you can see the crash log in TXT form here). I re-opened the project, which was created via dynamic link from a sequence in Premiere Pro, though has since been relinked to the the ProRES footage I created. I tried re-starting the Warp Stabilizer analysis, and again it just gave me initializing.

AE-WarpStabilzerInitializing

And the blue was frozen on the image:

AE-AnalyzingBackground

I checked Activity Monitor and 2 Adobe Processes are not responding, The Adobe QT32 Server and the aeselflink.

AE-NotResponding

And after a minute I got the following error message:

AE-DynamicLinkTimedOut

Strangely when I try Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro it processes in less than a minute per clip, working just fine in the background, but it does not work at all in After Effects.

I have run permission repairs with both Disk Utility and Onyx, with a full user permissions reset, but that did nothing. Nor did using Onyx to run the daily, weekly and monthly scripts and cleaning out the Caches.

I am going to post on the Adobe Forums now, and see if I can get any help there. This is really frustrating!
Comments

Having After Effects Creative Cloud issues with Warp Stabilizer Background Processing Trouble

Shot some test footage of my puppy Indiana Bones yesterday, and wanted to process it. Was trying to use the Warp Stabilizer Effect in CC 2014 on about 7 clips I shot yesterday on Canon 60D, and ran into the issue where the background processing would not work in After Effects. It just got to initializing, and nothing every happened.

At first I thought it might be having trouble with the Long GOP files from the 60D, so I converted everything to ProRes HQ, but that didn't help at all. I then saved the project down to just CC and tried it there, but am having the exact same issue.

I tried to find solutions on the Adobe forums, and saw it could be Firewall or issues with Virus Protection or Port blocking software, but I am running none of that on this machine, so that isn't it. I also saw a post about logging out of creative cloud and back in and it would install a new version of creative cloud, but it just logged me back in, with no new version, and didn't solve any of the possible folder permission errors it was supposed to fix.

I tried deleting the opm.db file at ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/OOBE/opm.db, but that just left Creative Cloud with a spinning beach ball, so that is no good.

CCSpinning

Now I am re-downloading and re-installing the Creative Cloud app to see if that helps. Anyone else think the new adobe site is much harder to navigate? Took me a while to find the Creative Cloud desktop app download (
it can currently be found here).

OK, re-installed the Creative Cloud desktop app and it let me log in easily and am booting After Effects CC 2014. Will report on how it goes.
Comments

Larry Jordan on why Final Cut Pro 7 editors should consider Adobe Premiere Pro CC and some of my thoughts

Larry Jordan has a very informative and in depth article on why Final Cut Pro 7 Editors should consider Premiere Pro.

I long ago made the switch on my personal system, and am starting to see companies move away from Final Cut Pro 7.

I know that Trailer Park made the move fully to AVID Media Composer for all of it's bays, but they have graphics departments, so you basically are only cutting graphics into your edit there. And I have heard rumored that it is the studios forcing many companies to move to AVID. I actually wonder if they are getting kickbacks or if it is just older people more familiar with AVID? It is a rock solid system, but it seems so dated compared to Premiere Pro which I would say is a much more modern editing software.

As for Direct Response Beach Body made the move to Premiere Pro, which to me only makes sense for Graphics Heavy projects. Especially with a fast video card.
Comments

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.0.1 Update

The Adobe Premiere Pro blog has the skinny on the latest update available through the Creative Cloud app. Mostly bug fixes with a few enhancements (Codec column in the project panel, sequence timecode added to display, and Clip Name and Timecode Filters can be set to reference info on clips specified for source tracks).
Comments

Adobe Creative Cloud After Effects CC 2014 New iCons

David Torno at the Pro Video Coalition has made some new iCons Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud 2014 versions which have the same icons as the previous CC versions. Download them now! And Twitter User Sam Parnell has made some for Premiere Pro 2014.
Comments

Apple kills Aperture, really getting out of Pro Apps

Photo%252020140627133824
The Loop has the story.
Since iPhoto is being replaced with Photos in Yosemite, they are killing Aperture. Looks like Adobe Lightroom (always the better program) is the only solution, but it loses the great integration that iPhoto had with Aperture.
Seems pros have less to trust in Apple. Is Logic next to go? Will Apple kill FCP X after that? I wouldn't mind that, but for a company that has killed so many great Pro Apps, they are making less trust for Pro users. They already killed Shake and Final Cut Pro 7. What is next?
I love Apple computers and OS X, but I don't trust them. The new MacPro is powerful, but not expandable enough. Are they pushing pros to Windows? Or do they want us to make Hackintoshes?
Comments

Adobe Kuler available for Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

kuler

The iOS App Adobe Kuler now has a control panel for Photoshop CC 2014. You can get it at the Creative Cloud Add on Site. The app lets you create and share color themes between your iOS device and Photoshop. Very very cool!
Comments

Red Giant has Updated Universe to 1.1 with 3 new Free and 6 Premium Effects!

Red Giant has updated Universe to 1.1 with 3 new Free and 6 New Premium Effects. And 3 updated Effects.


What's New in Red Giant Universe 1.1 from Red Giant on Vimeo.



Very cool. Lets hope they keep pouring out updates this quickly. The great thing about the subscription model is if they keep getting in money they can keep updating.
Comments

After Effects CC 2014 New Features

Adobe has update After Effects in the Creative cloud subscription to version CC 2014.

Built in keying has been enhanced with a Key Cleaner to fix compression artifacts in a key. And Advanced Spill Supressor does an impressive job of removing spill. Won't touch Red Giant's keying suite, but will improve Keylight in certain situations.

You can now link individual masks to effects on a single layer, and dissolve effects to lessen effect. This will clean things up by letting you so different masked effects on a single layer and track each mask individually. And you can get those masks from layer masks in Premiere Pro.

You can create Live Text Templates to leave individual text editable in premiere, especially great for lower thirds.

I/O has now been replaced by the Mercury Transmit engine from Premiere Pro, which should be faster.

Like the rest of creative cloud, there is Type Kit desktop font integration.

The iOS Kuler is now integrated into an After effects Panel.

Curves have been improved.

Mocha has been updated to version 3.2.1.

Not as big of an update as Premier Pro, but impressive nonetheless.



Comments

What's new in Premiere Pro CC 2014

PremierePro

Adobe has released a full document on what is new of Premiere Pro CC 2014
.

They have videos to demo the new major features, such as Masking and Tracking within Premiere Pro, Live Text Templates from After Effects for editable lower thirds and title cards, the awesome Master Clip effects which are added to master clips and show up everywhere the clips show up.

Other less publicized features are you can set up automatic project backup to creative cloud. Reverse Frame Matching! Set clips to Frame Size from a drop down menu, and they don't rasterize, so you are always going to the original to get the best image! AWESOME!

You now have some choice when importing projects, and can import just sequences and create folders and have the choice of duplicating media or automatically using media already in your project.

You can also browse after effects projects in the Media Browser, so you can preview compositions before importing.

A feature that should have always been there in every program is to Maintain Audio Pitch while scrubbing and playback either slow or fast! YES!!

There are Voice Over enhancements. All effects are now cross platform, which means we have lost many effects (though none were that great anyway).

And the most awesome for speed is Cross Dissolve transitions can be saved as Presets! So you can have multiple length effects set up already, and you can change multiple transitions at once!

••••

Premiere is really improving, and at this rate will easily be the best editor choice around. AVID is going to have to learn that they need to upgrade quickly now that they are also doing the subscription model or they will fall behind really fast!
Comments

OnOne and Adobe Creative Cloud 2014

It seems OnOne's software will work with 2014, but you will need to re-run the installer again. You can't currently use the Extension panel until they update, but it still works through file Automate.
Comments

Adobe needs to do something about 3rd party Plug Ins to make it easier to upgrade



With the release of Adobe Creative Cloud 2014, we have yet another set of programs installed in our computers, which is nice, as the last version will keep working for old jobs (and when plug ins have not been rewritten yet), but it makes for a pain in the ass in getting plug ins working again.

After Effects has so many places plug ins can be installed. In your Library folder and in the Plug ins folder in it's application. So you have to painstakingly either re-install all your plugs in or go through and copy plug ins over between versions.

Photoshop used to do this well, with a 3rd Party plug-ins folder. So when you installed a new version you could just point Photoshop to this folder, and all your 3rd Party Plug-Ins would be there. Of course in true idiotic fashion they removed this feature.

And sure, some old plug ins will not work, but they could do a browser style plug in checker, which checks if your version works, and you could have a way to force them to work (or at least try to work) if it doesn't know (as is possible in browsers like Mozilla Firefox).

This would just make everything so much easier and smoother with every upgrade! And since all CC users are in Creative Cloud, they will getting all the new updates, and likely implementing them!

Please Adobe do something about Plug-In Management and do it soon!
Comments

Red Giant Updates for Adobe Creative Cloud 2014

Luckily that didn't take long. Red Giant has updated all their software for Adobe Creative Cloud 2014.

Really many of the most important plug ins for After Effects. I use them every day!



Comments

Having a ton of issues installing Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 on my home computer, SugarSync again looks to be involved

Am having a ton of issues with installation of the latest and greatest update of Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 on my home computer. No problem at work. And I love how the new versions install as new Apps (though this of course creates plug in issues, and having to re-install plug ins to make them work), but it leaves the old version untouched, so you can keep working with old version on current projects.

Well first off I am still having issues with CS6 updates. I have 8 CS6 updates that just will not install. They error out every time, and I have even tried downloading the individual installers and running them, but they just won't update, and I am not sure why.

As for CC 2014, well first I have been getting a ShellExtLoader error message, and to quit the program to continue, but quitting the app using Activity Monitor kept the error coming. I think this is the fault of SugarSync, which I had forgotten to turn off. So after quitting SugarSync, I tried the installs again, but have kept getting failures on many apps, though not all of them. Really wish those two companies would get together and fix this issue, though I have been considering dropping SugarSync anyway, since it does not have the iOS interactivity of DropBox, and with iCloud looking to be improved with iOS8 and Yosemite, I might be able to replace a lot of it's functionality that way.

My final solution has been to quit Creative Cloud, then use XtraFinder to launch it as Root, and run the installs. This has mostly worked (had to do it a few times to get the installs working) and I think I am all installed except for the aforementioned CS6 apps.

And unfortunately Red Giant has not yet updated it's plugs ins for CC 2014 yet, so...
Comments

StudioDaily on Adobe Ink and Slide for iPad

StudioDaily has a great look at the now release $199 Ink and Slide by Adobe for iOS. The new Stylus's look very powerful, though a bit on the pricy side, and they work with new Adobe Apps, Adobe Sketch for sketching, Adobe Line for drafting and the new Photoshop Mix. And these apps are free so you can use them without Adobe's new physical tools.
Comments

StudioDaily has a first look at the new Adobe Creative Cloud Video Suite Features

StudioDaily has a great first look at the new features being released with the latest Creative Cloud release.

Effects Masking and Tracking within Premiere Pro sounds like an awesome addition, as are Master Clip effects, which will make color correction a breeze.

As for SpeedGrade the direct link to Premiere Pro feature where you actually open your timeline in SpeedGrade would seem to answer about half of my issues with SpeedGrade. Now they just need to get some curves going in there.

The ability to apply filters per mask in a layer will greatly speed up effects, and simplify timelines. And the Live templates features is very very cool. Where you can set text lines in After Effects to be editable by an editor within Premiere to quickly make lower thirds and the like based on a graphical template.

All in all it sounds great, and I hope the download is available soon!
Comments

After learning DaVinci Resolve, I decided to delve into Adobe SpeedGrade, so far I will be sticking with Resolve

After learning DaVinci Resolve, and being incredibly impressed with it, I decided to learn Adobe SpeedGrade for it's integration with Adobe Premiere Pro (my current choice of edit software), but so far I have been less than impressed.

First off with Resolve and a good NVIDIA Cuda card, the program works great with BlackMagic or AJA video cards, is rocket fast and you get a recreation of the timeline from your edit program, and can remove shots as needed, or do basic editing. And you have such a great collection of edit controls and presets.

With SpeedGrade you only get a single video track (or 3 if you have dissolves or transitions as it puts the a & B on different tracks and the transition in between). So you need to prep your sequence, and the send from Premiere is even weirder. Instead of using the original media files, it converts everything into uncompressed DPX image sequences, which will take up a huge amount of space (uncompressed files after all) and it bakes in any effects you applied into the clips. So it basically ignores the awesome Mercury playback Engine from premiere, and it's only real bonus is that your color correction returns to premiere as a filter applied to the clips.

You can work with original premiere pro clips, but not with the send from premiere command, instead you need to export and EDL from Premiere and import the clips into SpeedGrade that way.

And there there is the fact that it doesn't export video a monitor using Black Magic video cards, only AJA! This sucks. It should work with everything Premiere Pro does!

And as for the color correction, the lack of curves is inexcusable! Curves are such a powerful color corrector and Adobe needs to fix this right away.

I know Adobe purchased this program to compete with Apple Color (now defunct) and DaVinci Resolve and round out their suite, but I would rather see them base the whole program on the amazing Mercury Playback engine from Premiere Pro, instead of having this current attempt at integrating the two programs, which seems more like a cludge than reel integration. Yes, having the color correction return as plug in corrections is very very cool, but so far that is really the only thing cool i am seeing about SpeedGrade.

I have not fully explored or gotten proficient with the program, and I will report back once I have, but so far my initial impressions don't make me consider moving away from Resolve for my color correction needs.
Comments

PVC on the recent Adobe Cloud Outage and my thoughts

Scott Simmons at the Pro Video Coalition has a good article on the recent day long outage of Adobe Creative Cloud.

He does spend a little too much time on how many people he knows that weren't affected, because it is the people that were that are really important. And honestly Creative Cloud kicks me out of my login way too often for me to be comfortable, and in fact was even worse for a job I was on.

I have been trying to get convince my boss that the Adobe Creative Cloud is the way to go for Direct Response commercials. Which are very graphics heavy and usually shot in multiple formats and even frame rates. Well we have been trying out creative cloud in it's 30 day trial, and if it worked were going to get a month to month account for it on our machines, but unfortunately even time you open one of the demo version you must OK that you are using a trial and that did not work during the outage. And we couldn't upgrade to full version to get that working either. Not a good selling point for creative cloud.

My personal versions at home kept working as I was logged in and they continued working, but any down time because of Cloud computer can be catastrophic when media has been bought so an airdate is set.

Adobe needs to make some sort of backup system that allows you to keep working for a day or two until Adobe can get their servers back together!

This really isn't a good showing for subscription based software. Maybe there needs to be a way to keep it working for the whole period of the current subscription without checking in, and they need to keep Creative Cloud from accidentally logging your user out.
Comments

Oliver Peters at Digitalfilms has a great comparison of AVID Symphony, Adobe SpeedGrade, Davinci Resolve and Apple Color and my thoughts

Oliver Peters has posted an article with a great comparison of AVID Symphony, Adobe SpeedGrade, Davinci Resolve and Apple Color.

Personally I have been spending a lot of time with Davinci Resolve of late. With a proper video card it is really an awesome program, and is certainly my current choice for color correction. It is fast and easy to use and does a very good job.

The other interest is SpeedGrade which I am learning, mainly because of it's ability to roundtrip a grade to Premiere Pro and put it on clips as a single filter on each clip. A very cool feature, but the program needs some work before it can really compete with Resolve. First off it needs support for Black Magic cards instead of just AJA cards. If Premiere Pro can do it, Resolve needs to do it. And second it really does need curves. Curves are such a powerful color correction method that many have come to rely on, and not having them seems a huge failing. Other issues I have are it's abilities with multitrack video are limited, and I have just gotten so used to nodal vs layer based correcting, though that is certainly not going to change. SpeedGrade is powerful and does work well with Premiere, but needs to get some updates to be able to really rival Davinci even with it's ability export it's grades as color correction filters into Premiere.
Comments

RedGiant Universe is out of Beta

Red Giant has released version 1.0 of it's new GPU accelerated Universe Plug ins. These include 31 free GPU accelerated plugs ins and currently 19 Pro plug ins that can be had for $10 a month, $99 a year or $399 for a lifetime subscription. And they promise dozens of new tools in 2014 alone. Already these protools include a version of Knoll Light Factory, Toonit and Holomatrix.

I love Red Giant's stuff, so this is a great thing. Not sure about all these subscriptions though. So far the small businesses I work with have been very averse to a monthly fee, but the free plug ins are great to have.
Comments

You knew it was coming, but it seems that subscription is going to be the way going forward for most software companies

It all started with Adobe and Creative Cloud which is $49.99 a month with a yearly subscription, and $79.99 for a per month basis. And with no other versions available, it means you need it if you need the latest and greatest.

Now they have been great with rapid upgrades, and with the full suite so necessary for most video post work this is basically a necessity.

Not sure how it will work for Media Composer with the same pricing. Most places buy a version and keep them on non-upgraded machines so they can just stick with the same version. Not only that, with Creative Cloud you get the full suite of apps, including Premiere Pro, and with Media Composer you just get Media Composer. Sure you get more options, like Symphony, NewBlue Titler Pro 2, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, and Boris Continuum Complete Lite, but it is still basically just an editing and finishing system, so seems like buying it is a better idea (at least while they still offer the ability to purchase) at least unless you just need it on a month to month basis and can bill a client for it.

And now Smoke 2015 is getting it, though it is a $3500 program that is $195 a month or $1750 a year. Or $3500 every 2 years, which makes sense if they continue to do an upgrade every 2 years, which they have done once now.

Still it is depressing for us independent post guys, as more monthly expenses does not seem like a good thing overall.
Comments

Cinemartin makes Premiere Pro Plug-ins for ProRES and H.265 HEVC for Windows

Studio Daily reported the news from NAB.

A 30 Day Trial is available for download.

They will have various versions:

•ProRES 422 including LT and HQ in 1080p 30FPS for $68 with Single Core Encoding

•ProRES 4444, UHD, 4K and H.265 (v2) at up to 60FPS for $137 with Dual Core Encoding

•H.265 SQ and HQ and up to 6 Core Encoding for $551

ProRES is so ubiquitous that this is great news.
Comments

Chris Hocking at Late Nite Films on Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC and Avid Media Composer

Chris Hocking at Late Nite Films has an awesome article, where he goes into not only the best things about AVID and Premiere Pro, but also his first attempt at using FCP X. And his is the first article that makes me interested in taking a look again at FCP X, though maybe once they fix audio issues.

And I still say that for graphics heavy projects, even longform (at least 28:30 Direct Response), I think Premiere Pro with a proper video card can easily outdo AVID, which is still archaic in how it deals with Alphas (and importing them) even if it is the king of media management. And those same projects would be a mess in FCP X without the ability to have tracks for organization.

I mean my current sequence has 18 tracks of video going all organized into different layers.
Comments

Larry Jordan compares Apple Compressor 4.1 to Adobe Media Encorder CC

Larry Jordan did an extensive comparison of the latest Apple Compressor to Adobe Media Encoder.

He ran the tests twice, as at first he used default settings and didn't check image quality, but his seconds test are more equivalent, and the results surprised me as I gave up on Compressor a long time ago.

Basically it looks like for Single Pass encoding Compressor is faster, but for Multi-Pass (though it defaults to single pass) or resized compressing Media Encoder is faster, and it looks better at lower file sizes, though Compressor has more ability to customize settings.

The article is certainly worth a read, especially for all those who do a lot of compression.
Comments

Mac Performance Guide on a month with his new Mac Pro

Mac Performance Guide now has a month into using his new model Mac Pro and has an article about speed increases over his old Mac Pro.

Now he is mostly using Photoshop and not video programs, but isn't seeing too many speed increases, as most software can't use many cores and or don't have GPU acceleration for the new MacPros.
Comments

David Fincher has moved to Premiere Pro CC for his film GONE GIRL

Studio Daily is reporting that David Fincher's new film GONE GIRL is being edited on Premiere Pro CC. And we already know Saturday Night live is using it for it's pre-done segments.

Lets hope this is moment like when Walter Murch used Final Cut Pro 3 to cut Cold Mountain. That really pushed Final Cut Pro more mainstream. And since I have seen so many big companies moving back to AVID of late, it is great to see something high profile like this, to push Premiere Pro, which I really prefer to AVID, especially for Graphics heavy projects, like Direct Response which I mostly cut of late.

Not that Premiere doesn't have it's issues, but overall it is a very impressive program, and it's integration with After Effects really makes it even better.
Comments

Creative Cloud Video Suite new features videos from Adobe

Adobe has released videos with the new features of Creative Cloud that is going to be shown at NAB.

• Premiere Pro Overview video
• After Effects Overview video
• SpeedGrade Overview video
• Audition Overview video
• Media Encoder Overview video

Comments

Adobe has announced an upgrade to the Creative Cloud Video Suite for NAB

Rich Young a the ProVideo Coalition has the news on this exciting next release of Adobe's Creative Cloud Video Suite.

Looks like Adobe is taking aim at the finishing power of AVID with the ability to add effects to Master Clips in Premiere, as well as edit Text from After Effects Projects within Premiere.

Scott Simmons has a more extensive look at Premiere.

And as for After Effects, the effects on a per mask basis is pretty exciting, as it will change the use of layers and adjustment layers within After Effects.

Chris and Trish Meyer look deeper at After Effects.

Looking forward to it. The fast update cycle is pretty awesome. I would like to see AVID come close.
Comments

Red Giant Releases Universe Plug In

Red_Giant_Universe

Red Giant has released a new set of GPU accelerated plug ins called Universe. Right now you can try out the Free plan which includes 32 free plug ins, and you will be able to get Premium plug ins, or create your own. They are also updating many of their old plug ins to work GPU enhanced in universe.

Supernova: Behind the Scenes of Red Giant Universe from Red Giant on Vimeo.



There is the free membership, a $10 a month Premium Plan or a $99 per year plan, or a $399 Lifetime plan that does not expire!

The Plugs include:

Universe Free Tools
Universe Blur (7 plugins)
Universe Distort (8 plugins)
Universe Generators (4 plugins)
Universe Glow (3 plugins)
Universe Transitions (9 plugins)
Universe Premium Tools
Universe Chromatic Glow
Universe Holomatrix
Universe Knoll Light Factory EZ
Universe Noise
Universe Premium Transitions
Universe Prism Displacement
Universe Retrograde
Universe Toonit

This sounds very cool, and I have already installed and am looking forward to trying them out. Not sure about the monthly pricing unless they do add as many effects as they say they will, but the Lifetime is probably the best deal here, especially seeing things like Knoll Light Factory being added with GPU support.

Also is an addition is called Red Giant Supernova, which allows you to program plug ins quickly using the Red Giant Universe Library. So it fairly easy to create your own plug ins.

Supernova: Behind the Scenes of Red Giant Universe from Red Giant on Vimeo.



Comments

NVIDIA release new CUDA drivers, fixes After Effects Crashes

Todd Kopriva has announced the release of NVIDIA Cuda Drivers 5.5.47. You can download them from the CUDA control panel or NVIDIA's CUDA site.

I had to update to 5.5.28 first to get the 5.5.47 update, guess I have not updated in a while.
Comments

Having problems with Adobe Dynamic Link and Adobe Encore

Adobe's Dynamic Link technology is one of the most exciting features of it's Creative Cloud suite, with the ability to link to projects instead of having to render out movies. You can have an After Effects project within premiere and make changes and they dynamically update. Or you can use Media Encoder to render directly from project files. Or directly have Premiere Pro sequences within Encore. And I was even more excited when they hired and Put Wes Plate, the creator of Automatic Duck in charge of it.

The problem is that it does not always work well. With After Effects sequences within Premiere, many times they won't link unless you already have the After Effects project open when you open the Premiere Pro sequence. This is usually simple enough to deal with, though does not always work, and gets even more complicated when you have things from multiple After Effects projects.

Really the coolest use of it is to select a sequence of clips in a Premiere Pro Timeline and send them into After Effects, though I don't like how it handles it in Premiere. Your clips are immediately replaced with and After Effects sequence, losing the original clips, so you must first either duplicate the timeline or the clips, personally I wish there was a way to have it turn off the clips and lay the After Effects project on a layer above the clips in premiere, but for now that is nitpicking.

My big problem right now is with Adobe Encore. And it likely has something to do with it being End of Lifed by Adobe (yes Adobe I know most people just download clips now, but some of us still need to make discs, and a new more compatible version with CC would really help). I created a DVD of my editing and graphics reels to send out, and made a nice little menu for it, but I linked to the sequences using dynamic link, and now the project just won't open anymore. Yes I can build it again, but I had nice looking menus all done, and it is a pain to have to make this again!

I wouldn't be surprised at some point if Adobe creates some sort of Adobe Dynamic Link Server that runs in the background, and can keep the linking working without having to have all the apps open. but I have a feeling even if that happens Encore will be SOL on that one.

I know Dynamic Link is a complicated thing, but I just wish it worked better all the way around.
Comments

Adobe Tutorial on how to link Smart Objects in the latest Photoshop CC

Adobe has posted a full tutorial of how to link Smart Objects in the latest update to Photoshop Creative Cloud. They have Tutorial Files and the video.

Comments

Adobe Photoshop CC Update New Features Video

Adobe TV has released a video of new features in the latest Adobe Photoshop CC Update.

Comments

Adobe Illustrator CC Update New Features Video

Adobe TV has released a new video of the recent Adobe Illustrator CC Update new features.

Comments

Adobe Photoshop CC gets new features

Macnn is reporting on the latest Photoshop CC update.

They have added 3D printing support, Perscpective Warp and linked Smart Objects.

I have to say I love how fast Creative Cloud Updates keep coming!
Comments

FinalBug compares FCP X 10.1 to Premiere Pro CC

Paul Murray Final Cut Pro X Berlin User Group has the first article in a comparison of Final Cut Pro X to Premiere Pro CC. He is an admitted Final Cut Pro X advocate, and this one is basially just going through the new features of each, though a follow up will do a comparison.
Comments

Larry Jordan has posted a video on building Multicams in Premiere Pro

Larry Jordan has posted a video on building Multicams in Premiere Pro CC.
Comments

Larry Jordan has posted a video on building Multicams in Premiere Pro

Larry Jordan has posted a video on building Multicams in Premiere Pro CC.
Comments

Black Magic DaVinci 10 will support the MacPro and it's Dual GPU's, and likely so will Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud

Nonlinear has a post on a post from Grant Petty the CEO of BlackMagic saying that the full version of DaVinci 10 will support the Dual AMD GPU's of the new MacPros. And Premiere Pro already supports AMD Firepros, and hopefully will soon support the duals of the new MacPro.

I will still rather see Dual NVIDIA GPU support, as CUDA would likely be faster, but this could make the MacPro a viable alternative to the current MacPro without the expansion. Still want to see some speed tests though as I would like to see Premiere Pro rocking Dual Titans!
Comments

Phil Hodgetts on Final Cut Pro 10.1 on new Mac Pro and my thoughts.

Phil Hodgetts has an article on running Final Cut Pro 10.1 on the new Mac Pro and what he was able to play back, 5 Red R2D 4K streams at different scales positions and rotations without rendering.

Pretty amazing, though now I want to see what happens when Adobe re-writes premiere for Dual Graphics Card support and what it can do, and even better if they carry that over to PC, so we can see this on dual NVIDIA CUDA cards. I would love to see what Premiere Pro could do using 2 GTX TITANS instead of AMD FirePro cards which are slower than gaming cards (much like NVIDIAs QUADRO line). The nice thing about the MacPro is it seems Apple is charging the gaming price for it's FirePro cards, so you are paying for the Radeon editions and getting the FirePro.

I know that Final Cut pro X has gotten much better, but I am still not sold on it. I gave my 2 weeks at the beginning and the mess that it made of the timeline really makes it seem not viable for commercial or direct response, nor for anything that needs an audio mixer, as it will take so much longer to mix something that isn't set specifically for an audio mixer.

Maybe I am biased by Final Cut Pro X 10.1, but all the improvements have not changed the timeline.
Comments

MacRumors on new Mac Pro

Mac Rumors has a roundup of reviews on the new MacPro.

Overall it sounds like people's complaints were right. The ports on the back are a pain. And the Dual GPU is only good if a program is written for it, and the only one for that now is Final Cut Pro X. It seems currently Premiere Pro uses mostly the CPU, so it is pretty slow as compared to say with CUDA and a GTX 680 or my GTX 670. Be interesting to see what will happen when Adobe makes it compatible with the dual graphics cards though.

Still on the fence. Really want a GTX Titan, which would mean a Windows Machine for my next computer, but there is much software that would not move over and that would not be good. And even with it's improvements I don't see myself moving over to FCP X anytime soon.
Comments

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Update (7.2.1)

Adobe has released an update to the December 2013 Premiere Pro CC release.

- Intermittent Buzzing could occur on audio playback where audio transitions were present
- Reveal in project sometimes did not work in imported sequence when clips were present in the project
- Premiere Pro could occasionally crash on playback of certain multi cam assets
- Using matte cleanup tools in Ultra keyer could sometimes cause the top half of the image to disappear when paused in Open CL mode
- Autosave could sometimes interrupt playback.
- The AMD Radeon R9 290 Series has been added to the OpenCL supported card list
- Inserting a merged clip with in/out points via menu or command would insert the entire merged clip, not the in/out range
- Playing with preroll could sometime crash Premiere Pro
- When editing in Anywhere mode, adding synthetics would sometimes show a 10 digit number under the progress panel’s Name column
Comments

Adobe Media Encoder CC (7.2) Update

Adobe has released the info on it's latest release of Adobe Media Encoder CC 7.2.
Comments

SpeedGrade CC (7.2) Update

Adobe has posted the upgrade info on Adobe SpeedGrace CC 7.2 Upgrade.

Direct Link acceleration is now GPU Accelerated, though only on NVIDIA on Mac, so the new MacPro's will leave you hanging.
Comments

Red Giant Updates Color Suite to 11.0.4 for Premiere Pro CC 7.2 Compatibility

Red Giant has updated it's color suite for Premiere Pro CC 7.2.
Comments

Issue with Premiere Pro CC December 2013 Release with XML

Adobe has issued a warning about their recent release of Premiere Pro that it has issues with XML and should be patched in 7-10 days!
Comments

What's new in the Adobe Premiere Pro CC December 2013 Release (7.2)

Adobe has released a what's new in the 7.2 release of Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Changes include a new VO recording workflow, as well as bug fixes and other enhancements.

Also supposedly the red flash in playback and export of ProRES footage has FINALLY BEEN FIXED!!
Comments

On After Effects CC 12.2 the December Creative Cloud release

Todd Kopriva has info on the new features of the 12.2 release of After Effects CC that was recently released.
Comments

5 new After Effects CC 12.2 features that resulted from Adobe visiting Users

The After Effects blog has some info on some of the new features of the latest After Effects CC update 12.2.

I love that Adobe is really listening and releasing new features and bug fixes so quickly! It is just really too bad that the studios are basically forcing people to use AVID Media Composer, when for any graphics heavy show, Premiere Pro is such a better solution, just for lack of render time, and saving time with alphas and exports.
Comments

Rev Up Transmedia on Understanding Stereo and Mono in Premiere Pro

Rev Up Transmedia has an excellent article and a must read for editors moving to Premiere Pro on how an individual audio track can be both Stereo (or even 5.1) as well as mono at the same time!

I have to admit this blew my mind when I saw it in Premiere. I had already been annoyed by Stereo or mono tracks in AVID, and having Mono and Stereo clips in the same track just seemed insane, but this article does a pretty good of explaining it and how you can avoid it if you would like as well.
Comments

After Effects CC 12.0.1 fixes crashes on Mavericks

Adobe's After Effects blog has the news, on this manual update (it is only for Mavericks users so it is not installed through the creative cloud app). You can download it here.
Comments

AbelCine on home to import Sony F5/F55 Footage into FCP 7, AVID and Premiere Pro

AbelCine has a great article on importing footage from a Sony F5 or F55 into the 3 leading NLE's.
Comments

Motionworks on New Features of After Effects CC 12.1

John Dickson at motionworks has a video on new features of the soon to be released Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud 12.1.

After Effects: New Features in Ae 12.1 from Motionworks on Vimeo.



I love that new layers now are created directly above the selected layer, and the ease of linking layers across compositions! VERY VERY COOL!
Comments

ReTooled.net on new features of Premiere Pro CC 7.1 Update

Josh at ReTooled.net has released a video of some of the biggest features of the soon to be released update to Premiere Pro CC.



The new overlay features are very exciting, as are the ability to export video with them. Hello rough cuts with timecode that show clip timecode too. NICE!

And the SpeedGrade integration means I really need to delve into that program soon.
Comments

Kylee Wall at Creative Cow on Premiere Pro

Kylee Wall has an article on using Premiere Pro CC.

I have completely lost my aversion to Premiere Pro, and in fact really like it now, and love the After Effects integration. I do agree that Adobe software does get random problems that are hard to solve (I find a complete uninstall usually helps, but is a total pain), but it is a really powerful editor. And honestly being back on Media Composer feels like using a dinosaur. Sure it is mostly stable, but it is not like it does not have issues too.

And FCP 7, well I loved it, and will miss it, but FCP X is not it's replacement. It is a powerful editing program, but I don't like it's timeline or how it forces you to do things in certain ways, so it will never work for much of what I do (though I am sure some day I will have to delve back into it's dark waters).
Comments

An Interview with Thomas Knoll: The Story of Photoshop

Here is a 2013 45 minute interview done with Thomas Knoll who with his brother John, created Photoshop. From the Luminous Landscape at Vimeo.

Thomas Knoll: The Story of Photoshop from The Luminous Landscape on Vimeo.

Comments

Adobe releases Adobe Generator for Photoshop CC

Adobe has released Adobe Generator for Photoshop CC. Generator helps you create image assets in real time out of a single photoshop document that are updated in real time by just adding a file extension to the name of a layer or layer group in photoshop! Very cool!
Comments

Scott Simmons at PVC on his 5 favorite new features of the new Premiere Pro Creative Cloud Update

Scott Simmons at the Pro Video Coalition has listed his 5 favorite new features of the newly announced Creative Cloud Video Update!
Comments

Over 150 New Features being added to Adobe Creative Cloud Video

Yes, just 4 months after their last upgrade, Adobe is good to it's word and is turning around much faster upgrades with creative cloud, and in October are upgrading Premiere Pro, After Effects, Speed Grade, Prelude, Media Encoder, Story and are adding the iOS app Prelude Live Logger. Awesome! You can check out the upgrades at Adobe.

Steve Forde at the Adobe After Effects Blog has a post on the new After Effects Features.

The Adobe Premiere Pro Work area Blog has more on Premiere Pro, Media Encoder (which now has GPU enabled rendering!) and Prelude and Prelude Live Logger.

The Adobe Moving Colors blog has more on the SpeedGrade Upgrade which includes direct link (an improvement over Dynamic Linking which you can see more about here) and GPU acceleration.

Thank you Adobe, looking forward to it! And here's to hoping that Adobe permanently keeps up this rapid pace of development, except it will certainly keep us editors on our toes, as I have just scratched the surface of CC by now! Ha!
Comments

Stu Maschwitz releases ProLost Burns v1.6 for $3.99

Stu has updated his ProLost Burns effects. You can read all about them, or order them for $3.99. It is a simple and easy way to create the Ken Burns effect within After Effects.

Thanks Stu!
Comments

Video Copilot Tutorial on Animating Typwriter Keys

Andrew Kramer has posted another great VideoCopilot Element 3D tutorial.

Comments

10 Things Final Cut Pro 7 Switchers Should know about Premiere Pro CC (Video)

Here is the link for the video from reTooled.net at Vimeo. And here is the link at retooled.net.

10 Things Final Cut 7 Switchers Should Know about Premiere Pro CC from reTooled.net on Vimeo.

Comments

Ryan E. Walters on why he has moved to Premiere Pro and not FCP X

Ryan E. Walters has a good article on why he has moved to Premiere Pro from Final Cut Pro 7 and not FCP X, even though he gave it a good try.
Comments

PVC's complete After Effects ExtendScript Training, all 19 parts out.

David Torno at the ProVideo Coalition now has all 19 parts of his After Effects ExtendScript Training out.
Comments

Adobe Output Module for Bridge CC has been Released

Adobe has released the Output Module for Adobe Bridge CC.
Comments

PVC on 13 After Effects Plug Ins you may have forgotten you had

Chris Zwar at the Pro Video Coalition has 2 posts on 13 plug in you may have forgotten about in Adobe After Effects.

Part 1 is here.

Part 2 is here.
Comments

After Effects Extend Script Training 13-15 are out at PVC

Dave Torno at the Pro Video Coalition has released more of his After Effects Training.

13 is on his ExtendScript Development Utitlity


14 is on Processing Text Strings

15 is on Keyframes
Comments
See Older Posts...
Jonah Lee .com