For many years now, postproduction budgets have been slashed, forcing editors to wear multiple hats. If editing picture wasn’t enough, many of them (especially those cutting low-budget films) are being asked by producers to make set visits, manage metadata, perform minor sound editing and color grading, and even create motion graphics. Perhaps more than any other postproduction suite, Adobe CC (Creative Cloud) has adapted seamlessly to our ever-changing workflow, offering editors and effects artists an all-in-one post solution.
If you’re unaware of Adobe CC, it’s basically a subscription service that requires a fixed monthly fee instead of buying a box suite in full. The advantage with CC is that software updates and patches come with more frequency and you have access to all of Adobe’s creative applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc. The biggest misconception about CC is that all of your applications and footage are stuck in Adobe’s cloud, and if the cloud fails or your subscription runs out, you’ll lose all of your precious work. Not true. For individuals working in video, your work and programs always will be on your workstation or laptop. (Adobe Anywhere is a different beast, which we’ll explore in a future issue.)
Adobe CC has grown, with over 200 partners, and has received over 80 industry awards. Adobe also convinced a boatload of both pro and indie filmmakers to jump ship from Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. For 2014, Adobe has updated 14 new versions of CC applications, which is its largest release since CS6.
Trying to write a full hands-on review of Adobe CC in a single print article is next to impossible, so here we offer more of an overview of the new features of Adobe CC 2014.
KEY CC UPDATES
• Premiere Pro CC has Live Text templates that let you edit text in After Effects CC compositions while still in Premiere Pro
• A new Masking and Tracking feature gives you masks that can track your subjects and blurs out faces and logos
• Premiere Pro CC and SpeedGrade CC’s new Master Clip effect changes effects applied to original clips and ripples down through all examples of the clip
• New keying effects in After Effects CC provide better results with compressed footage
• After Effects CC adds a growing font library worth over $30,000
PREMIERE PRO CC
Premiere Pro CC is the heart of the suite. The big focus for Adobe CC 2014 is Premiere Pro’s integration with other Adobe applications, especially After Effects and SpeedGrade. Premiere Pro’s new Live Text templates allow you to import After Effects compositions with "editable" text, as well as motion graphics, into your sequence without going back and forth between Premiere Pro and After Effects in order to make changes.
New Masking and Tracking tools in Premiere Pro CC let you add masks that can follow people or objects through a shot (e.g., blurring out faces, license plates or logos). As with Live Text templates, you can send Masking and Tracking comps back to After Effects via Dynamic Link for more detailed work. This new feature gives you a more efficient workflow and better collaboration between editors and motion graphic artists.
Adobe adds a new Master Clip effect that lets you apply effects to a Master Clip, which can ripple down to every part of that clip in your sequence. This will save you loads of time instead of adding the effect to each clip individually.
Premiere Pro CC has a much faster editing workflow with better management of large projects and organization within your Project Panel.