We recently had Nottingham Trent media student Max Shore completing a placement at Jigsaw24. While he was here, we asked him to take a look at the new features of Premiere Pro CC, and pick out his favourites…
Among the host of updates Adobe have made to the Creative Cloud video applications, the ones for Adobe Premiere Pro deserve some special attention. Here are five that we have found to be very useful for accelerating your workflow and increasing productivity.
1. Task oriented workspaces
Adobe have added to Workspaces, allowing you to view, access and organise the tools you want, how and when you want them. The update allows you to toggle between preset and custom workspace layouts that configure interface panels and tools for the different parts of your workflow, including editing, colour, audio and effects.
Editing (default). Editing is the default workspace and gives a much bigger source monitor that allows more easy access to effect controls, the audio clip mixer and metadata for examining your media.
Assembly. The assembly workspace focuses more on your media content, allowing you to manage content more efficiently and build a basic outline edit. The project panel is larger, and many other panels are hidden.
Colour. The colour workspace gives you easy access to the Lumetri colour panel, and Lumetri ccopes panel, giving you greater control over the look of your video.
Effects. The effects workspace has a larger effects control panel, with direct access to the effects panel. Source monitor is still available but hidden behind the effects pannel.
Audio. The audio workspace allows you ready access to audio tools, like the audio clip mixer and audio track mixer
Metalogging. The metalogging workspace is hidden by default and can be accessed by pressing the two arrows pointing right, next to the ‘audio’ workspace button. This workspace gives you access to the metadata panel and a larger project panel.
2. Lumetri colour panel
Adobe have also added some very impressive colour grading power into Premiere Pro. This update allows editors to manipulate colour and light in ways previously impossible without leaving Premiere Pro. The Lumetri colour panel combines the 32-bit floating point colour science of SpeedGrade CC with Lightroom functionality and ease of use.
With this, we can make simple colour corrections or create and save Adobe ‘Looks’ (exported as a .look file) using familiar sliders and controls. This update, much like many of the other updates for Creative Cloud, is aiming to accelerate workflows and increase productivity.
3. Adobe Stock
Adobe Stock hooks directly into Creative Cloud Libraries. Rather than having to download each individual image to your machine then import into your project, you can simply pick out your images on Adobe Stock and they’ll show up in the library window within the app. Using the new CreativeSync technology, you can edit the image in low-res before buying, then as soon as you purchase the full version, your edits will all be automatically applied – something that’ll help smooth your design workflow and save time.
4. Revert trim session
Revert trim session will undo all trimming done in a trim session. The new ‘revert trim session’ button must be added using the button editor. You can start a new trim session by placing the sequence play head in-between two clips and pressing the T button. This will bring up the multi-camera view and a new row of buttons that allow you to add a default transition between clips as well as trim your clips by one or five frames either way, by default. These buttons can all be customised to suit your editing style. This feature makes experimenting with your project more accessible.
5. Live trimming in trim mode
Find and add the loop button using the button editor, and use I and O to set clip in and out points during loop playback in Trim mode. Similar to multicam editing, this feature gives you the power of adjusting an edit point on the fly without stopping playback. To enter ‘trim mode’, select an edit point using your sequence play head and press T.
Press the spacebar and playback will begin looping on the edit point. Looping is based on the pre-roll and post roll in preferences under the playback tab. The maximum for both pre-roll and post-roll is 60 seconds, but is set at four seconds by default. Once you set a new in or out point, looping playback will reset on the new edit point. If you’re not happy with your trimming, you can use the revert trim session button.