Tuesday, 11 June 2013

A Look Inside: The New Adobe Premiere and After Effects

On June 17th, Adobe will release its highly anticipated software update to the Creative Suite. From Premiere to After Effects, Photoshop to Illustrator, all of our favorite apps are getting just a little better and those of us at Swagger Post can’t wait. Today we are going to focus on two of Adobe’s top Post Production Apps, Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

Before we dive deep into our favorite new features, I want to first point out that for the first time ever, Adobe will be getting rid of the software box. Yep, that’s right, the latest release of Adobe Software will only be available through their Creative Cloud. Cloud software not only allows for lower cost software, but more frequent updates that are easily accessible.

The update I’m most looking forward to is Adobe After Effects CC. A few months ago we started utilizing Cinema 4D for all of our 3D Animation, and oh boy, it’s been amazing. We often combine elements from After Effects and C4D in our work. Before, this collaboration was only made possible through a plugin... until now.  With the latest version of After Effects you can work directly with objects and scenes from Cinema 4D.




So what are the benefits of a C4D/AE Integration:

-  Round-tripping between programs - make a change in C4D and it automatically updates the scene or object in AE without rendering first.

-  Work natively in a 3D space in After Effects (finally)

-  Simplify your animation/motion graphics workflow

-  AE now comes with a lite version of Cinema 4D (which means 3D possibilities for everyone)

Other additions to the software (to name a few) include:

-  Improved Warp Stabilizer - adds the ability to choose which items in the clip get stabilized.

-  Refine Edge Tool - allows you to maintain the details when separating foreground elements from complex backgrounds.

-  Global Performance Cache - allows your previews to be saved even if you close your project and open it again later.

-  Pixel Motion Blur – allows you to add motion blur in live scenes as well as rendered scenes. You also have the ability to control the amount of motion blur, which I’m super stoked about.

First, I have to admit transitioning to Adobe Premiere was a little harder than we anticipated.  The multi-cam editing, inability to have more than one project open simultaneously, and lack of good audio controls, frustrated us enough to put it to the side. With the recent updates, I’m looking forward to giving Premiere another shot.

My favorite new feature with this update is simple link to locate. Offline clips are bound to happen, with the rapid pace of most post houses, content tends to get spread across multiple drives. This feature is long overdue, but will save us a lot of time.





Other features include:

-  Mezzanine Codec Support - For the Pro Res and DnxHD fans out there, Adobe has finally included native support for both formats.

-  Sync Settings - We all have our own set of settings and now with Creative Cloud, those settings can go with you, wherever you go.

-  Precise Audio Control - Now you have the ability to adjust audio clips independently of each other.

-  Editing Finesse - Paste Attributes (finally), ability to see duplicate clips in timeline, and  track targeting to name a few.

-  Lumetri Deep Color Engine - You now have the ability to use preset color grades for simple, quick, color grading.

My advice: if you haven’t purchased a Creative Cloud Membership yet, do it now. You don’t want to miss out on this awesome update.


What Creative Suite updates are you most looking forward to? What do you think they are overlooking? I’m interested to check out your thoughts in the comments below!


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