September 9, 2014

Adobe Takes Media Management to the Next Level in Update to Creative Cloud Video Apps

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014
This past summer, Adobe released a massive update to their Creative Cloud video applications, an update that most notably put some After Effects features directly inside of Premiere Pro. Now they're at it again with an update that includes numerous improvements throughout the Adobe video app lineup.

Premiere Pro saw the majority of the updates in today's release. For a quick rundown on what's new, here's Adobe's Al Mooney:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRc5RMlpiHY

For anybody who's worked extensively inside of Premiere Pro, you know that media and metadata management have never been the program's strong suit. However, in this most recent update, Adobe has made some serious strides in beefing up its media management features. Here's a brief rundown from Adobe's new features PDF.

Automatically generate new bins based on search criteria, including Advanced Timeline Search. Search bins update automatically as you add new content to your projects. Streamline large projects with Consolidate & Transcode. Bring everything you need into one workspace with new Multi-project workflows: open media and sequences from other projects and bring existing clips, edits, transitions, or graphics directly into your current project.

Our friend Vashi Nedomansky has been taking the new update of Premiere Pro for a test-ride on an upcoming music video. Here's a list of what he likes about the added functionality.

  1. Open multiple projects without importing all the assets
  2. Create Search Bins with metadata to better organize assets
  3. Cineform, Phantom CINE, Canon RAW, AJA RAW, 4/5/6K+ native support
  4. GPU boost for unleashing of more codecs in real-time playback
  5. Multiple colors for markers in timeline and source monitor. Movable markers
  6. Feathered masks in Program monitor with on screen GUI for all effects
  7. Larger text size in the Project Panel. Regular, Med, Large and Largest 

Here's another screenshot from Vashi's post that shows off some features.

Credit: Vashi Visuals

In addition to the major enhancements to Premiere Pro CC, Adobe also added new functionality throughout their full line of Creative Cloud video applications. To get the full rundown on what's new, check out this PDF and their full press release    

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Adobe "innovation" translated: Let's just keep stealing FCP X features like we have with every update since CS6. Glad they're continuing to improve it but they first copied FCP 7 and since have been pulling stuff from FCP X. The only innovation is the dynamic linking, which is nice. Though of course even that is an offshoot of copying FCP7/X.

September 9, 2014 at 2:18AM, Edited September 9, 2:18AM

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Braden Storrs
Post Production Manager, Photographer
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And this is a bad thing? Everyone knows they take features from Final Cut. That's why we all switched to it when FPX started taking things from iMovie.

September 9, 2014 at 11:50AM

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Josh Paul
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I think you missed the point. In CS5.5 they took stuff from FCP 7. Since then they've been taking from FCP X, stuff that's been there for 3 years now, and calling it innovation.

September 9, 2014 at 6:05PM

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Braden Storrs
Post Production Manager, Photographer
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If Adobe wants to give me free updates ever quarter, I really don't care what they call it.

September 9, 2014 at 6:37PM

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Josh Paul
Most often DP, Direct or Gaff
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Yea that maybe the case, but don't ignore where they're being fed from.

September 9, 2014 at 7:34PM, Edited September 9, 7:34PM

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Charles C.
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And what exactly did they steal from FCPX? Please, enlighten us.

September 10, 2014 at 6:21PM

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Just to name a few. Refined interface (all they did was make the interface more contrasty) been there since day 1 on FCPX, dynamic link Motion 5 and FCPX have been doing a version of this since day 1, "metadata search bins", browsing multiple projects simultaneously , High DPI support, consolidate and transcode only a few months or so but it was there. Thats just to name a few...

September 11, 2014 at 2:35PM

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Charles C.
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Motion, ha.

September 16, 2014 at 12:57AM

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Adobe "innovation" translated: Let's just keep stealing FCP X features like we have with every update since CS6. Glad they're continuing to improve it but they first copied FCP 7 and since have been pulling stuff from FCP X. The only innovation is the dynamic linking, which is nice. Though of course even that is an offshoot/copy from FCP7/X.

September 9, 2014 at 2:22AM

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Braden Storrs
Post Production Manager, Photographer
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Yooooou mean the way Apple has done over the years? As in ripping from Microsoft (touch screen tablets), Avid (Final Cut Pro) and more?

They all borrow from one another. It's called "competition".

September 10, 2014 at 2:35AM

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Apple borrows sure, but they do innovate as well. Adobe never seems to have their own ideas for NLE's and they just hodgepodge from everyone else. Say what you will about FCPX, it is innovative. The magnetic timeline, smart collections (which adobe just added their own version), auditions, etc. A major factor separates FCPX from every other of the big NLE's is that it is the only one you can buy, own, and update for free still. That is why I switched over completely from Adobe.

September 10, 2014 at 1:06PM

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Brad Jones
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Exactly. They're the only ones in 20 years who have dared (and could afford) to really innovate and try something different. They are mocked for doing so but all I see is the of Adobe users continuing to mock FCP X while hailing the "innovative" stolen features pulled right from FCP X.

September 10, 2014 at 5:23PM

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Braden Storrs
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So the smart collections are innovative and Adobe stole them? Is Adobe's version exactly like FCPX? No? Yet they stole the idea right? Then I suppose it was okay for Apple to steal the idea from Grass Valley's Edius who had the feature YEARS before Apple "stole" it.. right? And Magnetic timeline.. Hmm.. where have I seen that before.. Oh yeah... Vegas... also out for YEARS and it wasn't improved on for FCPX so apparently Apple steals almost everything from other NLEs. Next you'll say the very idea of editing video was an Apple idea.. You apple fans are funny.

September 10, 2014 at 6:26PM

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Funny you seem to be a funny adobe fan. Did you know the creator of premiere is the same guy who made FCP7 and FCPX he moved on for a reason

September 11, 2014 at 2:42PM

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Charles C.
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The workflow between Premiere, Speedgrade, After Effects and Audition is incredible. With some bugs here and there, being able to own all of these programs and have this many updates to them is wonderful. I know so many people who were on the fence about cloud software. After using the cloud version for over a year, I don't think I would ever want to go back. Especially considering how many of their applications I utilize on a daily basis.

September 9, 2014 at 4:07AM, Edited September 9, 4:07AM

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Alex Smith
Documentary/Cinematographer
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Canon RAW...they wouldn't be talking about Magic Lantern RAW could they be?

September 9, 2014 at 5:53AM

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Willliam Suen
Digital Aesthetics
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They are probably talking about the output from the C500.

September 10, 2014 at 2:21PM

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Kevin Erhard
Content Strategy
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Premier already natively supports Canon dng sequences from Magic Lantern.

September 23, 2014 at 5:18PM

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Matt Devino
Freelance Director/Editor/Cinematographer
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Very excited about the media management. One small feature that will save me loads of time is "Render & Replace". Dynamic link and SpeedGrade integration are fantastic, but to save time in the final output, once I know I'm done editing an AE comp, some other other effect heavy shot, or a tough-to-playback codec, I often will mark the clip in the timeline, export a version that matches sequence settings, then replace it in the timeline. It sounds like Render & Replace does all of this automatically, a feature I've specifically been waiting for.

September 9, 2014 at 6:50AM, Edited September 9, 6:50AM

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David S.
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+1 for multiple marker colors. I've wanted that since prelude came out. I'm glad they are working on their weakest link. I hope theykeep working on their "Editing Finesse" too.

September 9, 2014 at 6:52AM

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David Sharp
Video Editor, Cinematographer, Teacher
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The only thing worse than Christmas once a year? Is Christmas 4 to 6 times a year. Every time they announce these updates I get impatient. :)

September 9, 2014 at 9:54AM, Edited September 9, 9:54AM

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David Sharp
Video Editor, Cinematographer, Teacher
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Same here! I wish they'd push them live when they announced them, haha.

September 10, 2014 at 2:22PM

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Kevin Erhard
Content Strategy
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I hope this will finally include RAW support for Blackmagic Production 4k - we shot a bunch of scenes only to find out that you can't yet import into Premiere. I will be nice when we can debayer without going through AE first. I do love that they are staying on top of these applications. I feel like I made the jump from FCP7 so long ago - but every time I work on something its just getting easier and faster.

One weird problem I'm having that I hope gets a bug fix - on my MacPro the application won't quit. Anyone else ever seen this? I can save my files - but when I go to quit it just hangs up - so I have to force quit every time. Doesn't do it on my laptop, just on the new trashcan... oh well..

September 9, 2014 at 10:52AM

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Scott Selman
Content Creator | Filmmaker | Producer
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That's really strange. Have you tried re-installing the program on your Mac Pro?

September 9, 2014 at 11:22AM

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Rob Hardy
Founder of Filmmaker Freedom
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Yes - twice, each time it comes back the same. I don't think it did it before CC 2014 - but I don't remember. I was too busy dealing with the inability to use hardware rendering in the early version on the new MP.

September 9, 2014 at 10:27PM

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Scott Selman
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I will say what is kind of a disappointment for Speedgrade is no HSL Masks for effects, or the ability to tie some of the effects into only what the secondary Correction Layer is grabbing.

September 9, 2014 at 5:38PM

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David Sharp
Video Editor, Cinematographer, Teacher
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I wonder if people would stop arguing about FCP 7, FCP X, and Premiere Pro if they realized all of them were created by the same engineer...Though I do agree with brandon feels like they're actually catching up to FCP X in some these new "features". Dynamic link...motion 5 and FCP X have had a version of that for a couple of years now. Although motion 5 is clearly a far behind runner up to AE its great for quick professional titling.

September 9, 2014 at 7:32PM, Edited September 9, 7:32PM

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Charles C.
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I'm in Premiere all day every day and one thing that I wish they would sort out is proper beta testing.

Whenever they release and update (which one would assume is stable as it's a proper release), I end up with problem after problem with bugs. Eventually they iron these out but then another update comes and I'm back to having silly bugs again which often cost either myself, the production or the client money.

Don't get me wrong I LOVE having the regular updates but sadly I don't think they Adobe's ambition is supported by sufficient quality control so my current solution is only ever update to update before which kind of sucks when you see all these delicious goodies about to be released :)

September 9, 2014 at 7:48PM

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Eek - typo central :p

September 9, 2014 at 7:48PM

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Even though Premiere keeps getting better and better, i cannot fall for the monthly payment. It's like i'm never gonna "own" my software. I went to Premiere from FCP7 right after de FCPX release, but now i started to edit in FCPX. Not feeling as confortable as i felt on FCP7, but there i go.

September 9, 2014 at 10:23PM, Edited September 9, 10:23PM

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Rafa Ga
Digital Film-Video Editor / Colorist / Motion Graphics
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So..how do you get all the yellow text and numbers and bin outlines to be in blue???

Also the selected tracks are blue.

Looks sweet, but I'm assuming this isn't in the preferences.

September 10, 2014 at 12:51AM, Edited September 10, 12:51AM

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Matt Day
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