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Just Starting Out with Creative Suite 6? Adobe Has a Bunch of Free Basic Training Videos For You

So you bought a copy of Adobe Creative Suite 6 or downloaded it via Creative Cloud. Where do you start? Well, Adobe has a slew of videos on their website to introduce you to the changes in the Premiere Pro and After Effects interfaces, and to show you how the new features in CS6 work. Here are some of my favorites:

The new features and interfaces in SpeedGrade and Premiere Pro look pretty slick, but what really grabbed my attention was the new Variable Mask Feathering feature in After Effects. This is something I’ve wanted in an effects program for a while. In the past when I’ve needed a mask with edges of varying sharpness, I ended up making multiple masks with different feather values that I would have to animate individually. If any of you have had to do this before, you know it is beyond tedious and can make for a cluttered work space. This feature looks like it will make working with masks faster, less cluttered, hopefully a little less tedious, and blend more seamlessly into a scene.

The Global Performance Cache is another great improvement. Having a system of intelligent rendering instead of having to re-render entire sequences after making minor changes is going to be a huge timesaver.

What do you think of the new features in CS6? If you’ve just started using CS6, what are your first impressions?


NOTE: Most of the videos play fine, but there are a few that won’t load for some reason

[Via Pro Video Coalition and Notes on Video]


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  • Rev. Benjamin on 05.15.12 @ 9:52AM

    With you on the masking. It’s like Adobe listened to its users or something : ).

  • I tried it last week, Premiere handles my Nikon footage much better, more smooth and the interface is complete. Adjustment layers rock!
    Once I finished with the cut, I sent everything in Speedgrade, but it crashed each and every time! Anybody else has problems with Speedgrade? (on PC)

  • Premiere CS6 is great. But I would like to know a reason it will provoke MC6 users to transfer from Avid to Adobe. Aside from integration and price.

    I wonder what MC6.0.2 or 6.1 or 7 will bring to the table.

    • There is seemingly no convincing Avid users to switch over from their beloved platform, but personally I prefer Premiere simply due to its flexibility, integration, and most importantly, it’s seamless effects editing. MC6, while far improved from MC5, still feels clunky and dated to me after using even Premiere Pro CS5.

    • I believe Premiere still runs faster, especially with the Mercury updates.

  • It’s a good time to be making films