Color Correction Test with DJI OSMO+, Canon 60D and iPhone 6S and Visual Effects of Gun Shots
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!
Adobe After Effects CC January 2017 Update is out
Adobe has released Premiere Pro 2017 Update fixing the Title Tool Crash and Captions Issues
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.
Adobe needs to fix OMF export from Premiere Pro 2017 with multiple bit rate audio!
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!
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.
Adobe Premiere Pro 2017 11.01 crashes on Copy in Titler
It does seem at least Adobe knows about it, since they have commented in their forums. So hopefully it will be fixed soon.
Adobe needs to bring back send to SpeedGrade in Premiere Pro
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.
No one is talking about the fact that Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 runs on Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra on Mac
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!
Adobe releases Photoshop Creative Cloud 2017
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.
Adobe on working simultaneosly is Shared Video Projects with Team Projects in Creative Cloud 2017
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.
Adobe releases Prelude Creative Cloud 2017
They have added Collbration using the paid Team Projects.
AVC LongG Peformance Improvments, and Event Panel Filtering Options.
Adobe released Adobe Media Encoder Creative Cloud 2017
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.
Adobe Released After Effects Creative Cloud 2017
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!).
Adobe Released Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 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!
Adobe pulling an Apple with it's awesome SpeedGrade and gutting it, and not updating it
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!
Trying to figure out what programs I will use if I move from Mac to PC
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.
Adobe Creative Cloud blog on the Essential Sound Panel in Audition CC
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).
Adobe has licensed Apple ProRES playback for Wndows
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!
Yet again it looks like no SpeedGrade Upgrade in the next version of Creative Cloud
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!
VideoCopilot has released a new free plug in, SABER!
And here is there tutorial.
Adobe Media Encoder won't put chapter markers in H264 Video
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.
Why are there not Ergonomic Editors keyboards?
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.
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.
Editing Hail Caesar by the Cohen brothers in Premiere Pro
Adobe Upgrades SpeedGrade update, but still not multi-monitor support, SpeedGrade needs an interface upgrade now!
Adobe has release After Effects CC 2015 (13.7) with CINEWARE 3.0
Problems with MXF files that have been imported into Final Cut Pro X
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.
Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheets
Major problems with El Capitan
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!
Oliver Peters on 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.
A problem with Paste Atributes in Adobe Premiere Pro 2015
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.
Can't save Premiere Pro 2015 Projects to earlier version
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!
Adobe has released Creative Cloud 2015
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).
Problems Batch Relinking MXF files in After Effects that were sent from Premiere Pro using Adobe Dynamic Link
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.
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.
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!
Adobe teases Character Animator
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!
Adobe teases the next version of SpeedGrade and the new Project Candy
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.
Adobe teases next version of Media Encoder
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
Adobe teases the next version of Adobe Audition
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.
•Automatic Session File Backup
•Copy Imported Assets to Session Folder
•Custom Level Meters Crossover Values
•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.
Adobe teases the next release of After Effects
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.
Adobe Reveals the next release of Premiere Pro
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.
•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!
Adobe has given us a peak at the new video features in Creative Cloud
Check out this video that shows the most exciting new features!
Used Premiere Pro's Capture for the first time yesterday
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.
Issues with Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014
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.
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.
Adobe releases SpeedGrade CC 2014.2
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).
Adobe releases Prelude CC 2014.2 Update
This looks to be bug fixes, and removal of the Speech to text functionality.
Adobe releases After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2)
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.
Adobe Releases Story CC December 2014
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.
Adobe releases Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.2
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.
Adobe releases Premiere Pro CC 2014.2
Nothing on my Multi-Clip sequence bugs, but bug fixes are always a good thing.
Adobe releases Adobe Prelude CC 2014.1
Adobe releases Adobe CC Plus CC 2014.1
The Libraries Panel in Photoshop CC and Illustrator 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.
Adobe has released Audition 2014.1
You can check out the new features at the link.
Adobe has released Photoshop CC 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!
Adobe has released After Effects CC 2014.1
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!
Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014.1 Released!
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).
Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.1 Released
Adobe Updated and added to it's iOS Mobile Apps
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.
Adobe releases 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.
PVC on Premiere Pro CC 2014.1
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!
Adobe After Effects CC 2014.1 Announced
• 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
Sounds exciting, lets hope they get it in our hands quick!
Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.1 announced
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.
Adobe Audition 2014.1 announced
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.
Adobe Premiere Pro 2014.1 announced
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!
What's coming in Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014.1, it answers most of my issues
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.
Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Speedgrade my first experience
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!
More on After Effects Creative Cloud issues with Warp Stabilizer Background Processing
And zero responses on Adobe Forums.
My Adobe Forums Post on After Effects Creative Cloud issues with Warp Stabilizer Background Processing
I tried the second solution from Adobe Forums here as well, and am down to these quicktime components.
And interestingly I didn't see any not responding in the Activity Monitor,
but I still got the DynamicLink Server timeout.
And the Analysis never started. Very frustrating!
Trouble with After Effects Creative Cloud issues with Warp Stabilizer Background Processing Continues
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.
And the blue was frozen on the image:
I checked Activity Monitor and 2 Adobe Processes are not responding, The Adobe QT32 Server and the aeselflink.
And after a minute I got the following error message:
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!
Having After Effects Creative Cloud issues with Warp Stabilizer Background Processing Trouble
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.
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.
VFXER reviews Zaxwerks ProAnimator 8
Here is the first video from Zaxwerks on new features. And it seems that the newest feature is speed, as they say fast many many many times in the video! And it does look fast even with Ray Tracing turned on, which Element 3D cannot do.
And the Shadows sounds great, as you don't get shadows from Element 3D, and it includes Lens Flares and Lighting Rigs within the plug in (or stand alone app) which you need Optical Flares to do this with Element 3D.
Honestly I had written off 3D Invigorator Pro as soon as I tried out Element 3D, as it was just so much easier to use and more powerful and quick. And I like how Element 3D integrates the 3D so well into After Effects 3D world (which it looks like it still does better), but this version is the first to impress me in a while. The biggest issue for me is price. $399 is more than basic Element 3D and Optical Flares from VideoCopilot. And even the $149 upgrade price seems a bit steep. And I don't know that I need it now that I have element 3D and can use Cinema 4D within after effects. Still looks like the upgrade they should have done long ago!
Larry Jordan on why Final Cut Pro 7 editors should consider Adobe Premiere Pro CC and some of my thoughts
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.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.0.1 Update
Adobe Creative Cloud After Effects CC 2014 New iCons
Adobe Kuler available for Adobe Photoshop CC 2014
After Effects CC 2014 New Features
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.
What's new in Premiere Pro CC 2014
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!
OnOne and Adobe Creative Cloud 2014
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!
Having a ton of issues installing Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 on my home computer, SugarSync again looks to be involved
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...
StudioDaily has a first look at the new Adobe Creative Cloud Video Suite Features
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!
PVC on the recent Adobe Cloud Outage and my thoughts
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.
You knew it was coming, but it seems that subscription is going to be the way going forward for most software companies
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.
Cinemartin makes Premiere Pro Plug-ins for ProRES and H.265 HEVC for Windows
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.
Chris Hocking at Late Nite Films on Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC and Avid Media Composer
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.
David Fincher has moved to Premiere Pro CC for his film GONE GIRL
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.
Creative Cloud Video Suite new features videos from Adobe
Red Giant Releases Universe Plug In
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.
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 Knoll Light Factory EZ
Universe Premium Transitions
Universe Prism Displacement
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.
NVIDIA release new CUDA drivers, fixes After Effects Crashes
I had to update to 5.5.28 first to get the 5.5.47 update, guess I have not updated in a while.
Having problems with Adobe Dynamic Link and Adobe Encore
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.
Adobe Tutorial on how to link Smart Objects in the latest Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop CC Update New Features Video
Adobe Illustrator CC Update New Features Video
Adobe Photoshop CC gets new features
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!
FinalBug compares FCP X 10.1 to Premiere Pro CC
Larry Jordan has posted a video on building Multicams in Premiere Pro
Larry Jordan has posted a video on building Multicams in Premiere Pro
Black Magic DaVinci 10 will support the MacPro and it's Dual GPU's, and likely so will Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud
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!
MacRumors on new Mac Pro
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.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC Update (7.2.1)
- 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
Adobe Media Encoder CC (7.2) Update
SpeedGrade CC (7.2) Update
Direct Link acceleration is now GPU Accelerated, though only on NVIDIA on Mac, so the new MacPro's will leave you hanging.
Red Giant Updates Color Suite to 11.0.4 for Premiere Pro CC 7.2 Compatibility
Issue with Premiere Pro CC December 2013 Release with XML
What's new in the Adobe Premiere Pro CC December 2013 Release (7.2)
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!!
On After Effects CC 12.2 the December Creative Cloud release
5 new After Effects CC 12.2 features that resulted from Adobe visiting Users
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.
Rev Up Transmedia on Understanding Stereo and Mono in Premiere Pro
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.
Motionworks on New Features of After Effects CC 12.1
I love that new layers now are created directly above the selected layer, and the ease of linking layers across compositions! VERY VERY COOL!
ReTooled.net on new features of Premiere Pro CC 7.1 Update
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.
Kylee Wall at Creative Cow on Premiere Pro
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).
Scott Simmons at PVC on his 5 favorite new features of the new Premiere Pro Creative Cloud Update
Over 150 New Features being added to Adobe Creative Cloud Video
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!
10 Things Final Cut Pro 7 Switchers Should know about Premiere Pro CC (Video)
Extensis Suitcase Fusion 5 crashing Photoshop CC
Here is my crash log which I am posting for Extensis to see, and hopefully fix the issue.
10 New Premiere Pro CC Features Final Cut Pro Editors will Love
How to extrude Text in Cinema 4D Lite for After Effects CC from Filmmaker IQ
VideoGuys on why to chose NVIDIA Quadro GPU's for Adobe Creative Cloud
Personally I want to see a really good Quadro vs GeForce comparison, especially something like a GTX Titan, and throw in AMD as well to see the OpenCL performance and really see which is best.
Adobe Encore CS6 is the last version
Personally I hate this. DVD Studio Pro is already dead, and ancient and now Adobe's disc making software is gone too. Sure we can use the old version, but it will never be updated again? That really sucks! This is a very Apple ish move, and I personally don't like it. Yes digital delivery is huge now, but there is still a time and place for disc based media as it looks better, and with 4K on the horizon, it will be sticking around in one form or another for a long time.
Adobe Photoshop CC removes the Additional Plug-Ins Folder
Note: we removed the option in preferences to point to a “Additional Plug-Ins Folder” in Photoshop CC as it caused more problems than it solved.
Now here is something I completely don't agree with as this folder made it so much easier to upgrade versions, as you could keep your 3rd party plug ins in a separate folder, and just point the new version at them. SO MUCH EASIER THAN HAVING TO GO THROUGH YOUR PLUG INS FOLDER EVER UPGRADE AND MIGRATE STUFF! Annoying adobe, very annoying!
After Effects CC would not activate my GTX 670 4GB on my MacPro
Adobe Creative Cloud issues talked to Adobe Tech Support and they didn't help
Crash Report for adobe dynamiclinkmanager and error message for other Creative Cloud Launches
Here is the crash report for Premiere Pro and Adobe Dynamic Link Mananger in a txt file.
Here is the crash report for Photoshop. It is in a text file.
Here is my Photoshop error message:
Here is my Illustrator Error Message:
Here is my After Effects Error Message:
I have posted the problem on the Adobe Forums, but not gotten any response.
I will have to call Adobe Tech support, which I dread, as it is always in India and hard to understand and not always that helpful. Plus with working 12 hour days and driving 2 hours I don't get much time at home.
Adobe Creative Cloud doesn't work for me at all!
What's New in Creative Cloud
What's new and changed in After Effects CC
Adobe Photoshop CC Help Page
Adobe Illustrator CC Help Page
Adobe Audition CC Help Page
Adobe After Effects CC Help Page
Adobe Premiere Pro CC Help Page
Adobe CC Creative Cloud is out now!
It is still $50 a month with a year subscription, but you can find deals to get $30 a month for your first year.
PVC on Maxon Cinema 4D Intergration in After Effects CC
And on Cinema 4D Lite
I so want to play with this. Been wanting to learn Cinema 4D for a while anyway, as it would be really useful in my career, though I need to not be working 12 hours a day! Should go through all the Adobe Videos on CC, but there is not enough time in the day.
Pixel Motion Blur in After Effects CC
Adobe Sneak Peak Lighting in Photoshop and After Effects
Just ignore Rain Wilson being a moron, but this is so impressive. Being able to relight and image with another similar photo in photoshop, and even cooler being able to steal a look from an image or movie and process your video with it. They say it is very processor intensive and I believe it, but still very impressive!
Behance ProSite Portfolio now included with Creative Cloud
- Login and go to the Apps page on creative.adobe.com
- Find the ProSite icon under “Other Services” and click on the “Get Started” link
- You’ll be brought to the ProSite welcome page on Behance, where you can either log in or sign up for Behance to build your portfolio and launch your ProSite when you’re ready.
Pretty cool as part of the service. I will be checking it out soon for sure.
Improved GPU SUpport in Adobe Premiere Pro CC
It claims that the 64 Bit Architechture, the massively multi-threaded CPU optimization allow you to work without a great GPU, but with one is where things really shine, as we all know. And I love that you can enable a not officially supported card within the program without searching out the card name and modifying files. You can also use multiple GPU's for export though not for playback.
Larry Jordan's thoughts on Adobe's Press Conference and on new products
Adobe Speedgrade Creative Cloud Overview
DSLR Editing Overview and Workflow Basics in Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects Sync Settings
Here is the info fro Premiere Pro and for After Effects which can sync preferences, keyboard shortcuts, output module templates, render settings templates, composition settings presets and interpretation rules.
This very very cool. Can carry your settings with you, without carrying them. VERY VERY COOL! Especially for us freelancers, who work in different offices all the time!
Larry Jordan interview's Adobe's Bill Roberts, the Director of Video Product Management
Jun 17th for the new creative cloud, though Adobe Anywhere will be a few weeks behind that.
Adobe Creative Suite is gone, now only Creative Cloud Remains
Adobe Creative Cloud Members now get Portfolio Hosting!
Adobe releases NAB Sneak Peaks of it's video apps! UPDATED
Check it out over at Adobe where they have a bunch of videos of new features being shown at NAB! Woohoo, wish I was there!
Premiere is really getting controllable paste attributes! WOOHOO!!! I am so excited about Premiere Pro, it finally looks like it really is Final Cut Pro 8, but with so much more. And the Link & Locate was so necessary. And really powerful audio, and the integration with speedgrade and realtime looks very exciting. And it looks so much better working with audio, and I am hoping that it's control surfaces works with any MIDI controlled surface. I love that Adobe listens to it's users!!!
After Effects just looks amazing. And the Warp Stabilizer VFX seems unbelievably powerful. And the 3D pipeline looks awesome, though it makes me wish I had Cinema and knew Cinema 4D!
And is it just me or is it cool to see Wes Plate from Automatic Duck running Prelude? And the script integration just seems amazing! Especially with transcripts! That will speed things up so much, and be useful across the industry! Wow! And being able to edit using the script is insane. You can make a paper cut so fast it is a joke!
Speedgrade gets a more of an adobe makeover, and lets you rename grades in layers and add snapshots and save them so you can easily make different grades, and work better on portable machines, and even have 2 playheads in the timeline to easily pick frames you want to grade to and from, or have 3 up as well! Sounds much improved!!!
Adobe Story has really grown up and looks incredibly powerful!
Really need to spend time with Speedgrade as the new color match looks powerful and it's engine integration in Premiere Pro looks especially impressive. And being able to use Targa files from Photoshop or Lightroom (has to be exported from Photoshop not Lightroom) to drive shot matching looks very very cool.
And the Audition Loudness radar seems very interesting.
PVC on new After Effects Technology Preview
•They focus on intense Cinema 4D integration, which is going to be huge!
•Already mentioned Roto Brush & Refine Edge
•Warp Stabilizer VFX, which has gotten a major upgrade
•3D Camera tracker has gotten an upgrade
•Layer Snapping is new
•Find Missing for Fonts and Effects
•Purge all memory and DIsk Cache
•Pixel Motion Blur
Adobe Kills many of their mobile apps
Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 have been updated for HiDPI Retina Displays
And the Mac Performance Guide says that the new Photoshop is 13% faster than the previous version! Nice!
Great news for those with Retina displays, but I likely won't be one of those for a long time. I still use my MacPro and am hoping for a new one and a large Retina display, say 24 inch would just be too expensive for a very very long time. Still great to see Adobe keeping up though (and this will be awesome for Premiere Pro once it is updated for those with the 15" Retina MacBook Pro).
Had Adobe CS6 Creative Cloud Licensing Issues All Weekend
Basically when I opened any program in the Creative Cloud Suite it told me my Trial Version had expired and that I had to either license the software or quit. It would show my correct e-mail address, but then ask me for a serial number (which I don't have since I am using creative cloud). And not let me use the software without it.
Finally I tried telling it I was not myself, and re-entered my e-mail address and password, and then it logged in and re-licensed the creative suite.
Scary bug, especially since I lost use of the suite for a weekend. Now maybe I could have got on tech support and got it figured out sooner, but I hate talking to Adobe's tech support in India, as I feel that unless I get it promoted to someone in the states that I am never going to get the problem solved.
Adobe adds updates to the Creative Cloud
• Adobe Illustrator has three new features — available only to Creative Cloud members — that give you the ability to package files, un-embed images, and do more with the Links panel. To access these features, update Illustrator from its main menu by choosing Help > Updates. • Adobe Muse – now includes built-in support for contact forms and many other new exclusive features. • Adobe Edge Animate preview – now has resizable layouts, rulers and guides, and a more precise timeline. If you used Edge in the past, you’ll notice we’ve also updated the name.
Glad they are finally doing some new features to the cloud, but I want them for Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop more, though any are of course welcome.