Adobe add a ton of new video and Photoshop tools to Creative Cloud

Adobe’s latest round of updates to their Creative Cloud applications will delight video and web design professionals alike. As well as improving Premiere Pro/SpeedGrade integration, adding Generator for Photoshop CC and Edge Reflow, there’s a whole list of improvements as long as your arm.

Major video tool updates

The headliner among Adobe’s video app updates has to be the new Direct Link Color Pipeline between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and SpeedGrade CC, which we think will see SpeedGrade become a real competitor to a Resolve colour grading workflow for one-man bands. Providing an integrated workflow between the two, it allows users to move multi-track timelines seamlessly back and forth, open Adobe Premiere Pro CC sequences in SpeedGrade quickly, and see the results as effects in Adobe Premiere Pro CC that are managed by the Lumetri Deep Color Engine. Here’s what else is new, according to Adobe:

Expanded native support for UltraHD, 4K and higher resolutionshigh frame rates and RAW formats, enables editors to work with footage from the hottest new high-res cameras natively – without having to wait to transcode and re-wrap files.

The Mask Tracker in After Effects enables video professionals to create masks and apply effects that track automatically frame-by-frame throughout a composition to save countless hours of tedious work.

Editing is streamlined in Premiere Pro CC, with improved multicam, enhanced closed captioning capabilities, new monitor overlays and audio monitoring features, enabling editors to work faster.

Performance enhancements punctuate this release with support in Premiere Pro CC for OpenCL, providing editors with the speed and power they need for the most demanding projects; and new GPU debayering of the Cinema DNG file format for real time playback.

A preview of the upcoming Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app, which enables users to log notes, events, and other data on their iPad while shooting, including the ability to sync with timecode on set via supported wireless timecode generators, and then sync metadata to footage via Creative Cloud for faster editing.

Advanced colour grading with the new SpeedLooks in SpeedGrade CC offers dedicated camera patches. This allows users to match the colour spaces even across different camera formats. New multiple masks and linked mask layers capabilities also enable SpeedGrade users more control over complex looks.

New Sync Settings in Adobe Media Encoder CC let users now sync application preferences between multiple computers via Creative Cloud.

New production planning features in Adobe Story Plus provide powerful scheduling and reporting tools for managing productions efficiently, making it easy to modify and share lists between productions and users.

Generator for Photoshop CC and Edge Reflow


For design and web professionals on Creative Cloud, Adobe have also released the new Generator platform, designed to streamline web production and mobile design workflows by taking Photoshop assets directly into Edge Reflow with just one click. Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe, said: “Now with Generator, customers can skip the hassles of slicing and exporting from Photoshop and speed up day-to-day web and mobile app production through an intelligent and customizable workflow.” Other key features include:
Real-time image asset generation gives Photoshop CC users the power to eliminate time-consuming production steps while ensuring their designs are properly implemented both on the desktop and mobile screens.
Tagged layers and groups in Photoshop CC are automatically saved and updated in real-time as individual files, in the format selected.
Layers can now be exported as JPEG, GIF, or PNG with a variety of options, including scaling for Retina displays and varying levels of compression.
In one click, Edge Reflow CC can import Photoshop CC assets, including images and text directly into Edge Reflow, allowing designers to immediately begin their responsive design process and reduce manual production steps.
An easy-to-use JavaScript API, paving the way for third-party apps and services developers to create similar tools that integrate with Photoshop CC.
– Attending IBC 2013? If you find yourself knocking around Amsterdam, head over to Adobe’s stand (7.G27) to check out their new video and Photoshop tools in action!

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