One of the chief criticisms of the new Adobe CC suite is that you are constantly paying for the software, and at some point, if you decide you don't want to pay for it anymore, you won't have access to your work until you pay again. While Adobe has said they are looking into ways to improve the situation, one of the reasons they have said for doing this is that they are able to improve the software much more frequently. It looks like they are making good on that with the release of the first major update for Adobe Premiere Pro CC less than one month after it was released.
reTooled posted this fantastic video showing off some of the major updates and how they affect your editing:
Here is the full list of Premiere updates:
1. Anywhere for video support
2. Duplicating a title in a sequence creates a new, unique title, which can be independently edited from the original.
3. Lift and Extract can be used when only an In or Out point is set (if only an In is set, Lift/Extract will use the end of the sequence as the Out point; if only an Out is set, the beginning of the sequence will be used for the In point).
4. Copy, Cut, and Clear commands work between In and Out points on targeted tracks when no clips are selected.
5. When a sequence is loaded in the Source Monitor, keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate to edit points (Up/Down keys by default).
6. Keyboard shortcuts can be used to clear In/Out points on clips in the Project Panel.
7. The Enable Clip command now works as a toggle when multiple clips are selected, such that any disabled clips become enabled and vice versa.
8. The Match Frame command will prioritize a selected clip over a targeted track.
9. The Relink command can now be used on a sequence containing offline media.
10. The Export EDL dialog now contains the option to include or exclude Transitions and the Key Track.
11. The Reveal In Project command now works from the Source Monitor.
12. A preference has been added to select whether or not playback jumps to the beginning of the Timeline or a Clip once the end has been reached.
13. A button has been added to the Timeline Panel to globally Link or Unlink all clips in the sequence.
14. An assignable keyboard shortcut has been added to enable toggling between the Source and Program Monitors.
15. The Reveal In Finder command can now be used on clips in a sequence..
16. A default start timecode value for all new sequences can be set in the Timeline panel.
17. Clips can now be dragged from the Finder or Explorer directly into the Source Monitor.
18. The Match Frame command now works on Nested or Multi-Camera Source Sequences, first matching to the source sequence, then stepping back further to the original master clip used in that source sequence.
19. Offline audio clips are now displayed in red, matching offline video clips.
20. The Source Settings dialog can be accessed by right-clicking on Clips within the Timeline Panel.
21. A preference has been added to allow the Timeline Panel to be automatically focused after an Insert or Overwrite edit is performed.
22. The Auto-Save dialog is suppressed during editing, and auto saves will not occur if no changes have been made to the project.
23. The Tone Settings dialog allows users to set the amplitude and frequency of the Bars and Tone synthetic clip.
24. Closed Captions are displayed on thumbnails in the Captions panel.
25. Options have been added to the Automate To Sequence dialog for Still Clip Duration, giving control over whether still clips use the In/Out range or a specified number of frames per clip (for timelapse workflows).
Besides all of the individual updates, one of the biggest parts of this announcement is that Adobe Anywhere is finally available for Premiere CC and also for Prelude CC. If you missed what the fuss is all about with Adobe Anywhere, here's a great video from 1/29Creative which was a collaboration with Adobe:
Video is no longer available: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtPKxc5p--4
Support for After Effects CC with Adobe Anywhere is going to be coming later in 2013, but you can start using it right now with Premiere and Prelude. This is more than just a bug fix update, and while I don't think anyone likes being locked into payment plans forever, this is one of the major benefits that you don't necessarily get when you own the software outright. If Adobe can continue offering major updates one after another, it will be a much better deal than if they were releasing major updates only once every six months or even every year.
We'll see how this plays out over the coming months, but it's a good sign that they will be trying to provide as much value as possible with the subscription. You can read more about the specific updates using the links below.
For those who've been looking for specific fixes or enhancements, does this update satisfy some of those? What other features are you looking for Adobe to add or change in Premiere Pro CC?