Latest Version of Adobe Premiere Pro is Now Available and Chock-Full of New Features

Right before NAB, Adobe teased us with all of the new features and updates included in the newest version of Premiere Pro, but as of yesterday, the editing software is now ready for download.

As reported back in April, the improvements Adobe has made in Creative Cloud are largely "under the hood," but the new media management tools in Media Encoder, Lumetri Color upgrades, as well as Premiere's support for new native formats, including 6K and 8K files for the RED Weapon, are making it even more powerful to use.

But the new feature that everybody is talking about is its support for VR workflows, which allow users to "enter a specific monitoring mode with equirectangular stitched media to experience the view from inside the sphere." Essentially, this feature supports video captured at any field of view, including 360-degrees, and allows you to import and edit VR footage the same way you would with normal video.

Here's an in-depth video that walks you through the new features included in the latest version of Premiere Pro:

And here's one for Media Encoder:

Video is no longer available:

And for the new VR features:

Now that the latest version has been released, Adobe has shared a full list of new features:

Performance optimizations

  • Apple Metal GPU supported by Mercury Playback Engine (Initial support – some effects not currently supported)
  • Native decode (i.e. no QuickTime installation required) on Windows of Apple ProRes
  • Improvements to MorphCut face detection and tracking
  • H264 playback GPU acceleration (Windows platform with Intel IRIS chipsets only)

Enhancements to the editing experience

  • Import, edit, and create Open Captions (subtitles), including options for font, size, position, color, weight, background color and background opacity
  • In-application licensing of Adobe Stock assets from Project Panel or Timeline
  • New badge in Project Panel for unlicensed stock assets
  • Support for Arabic and Hebrew languages in the Titler
  • Timeline auto scroll when range selecting
  • See more tracks at once with smaller minimum timeline height
  • Remove Attributes to remove individual effects from clips
  • Newly assignable keyboard shortcuts:
    • Add/remove a keyframe in the Effect Control Panel
    • Nudge keyframe left or right by one frame
    • Select next/previous keyframe
    • Increase/decrease keyframe value
    • Constrain Direct Manipulation horizontally or vertically while dragging
    • Toggle timeline zoom to single frame level
  • Twirl state of intrinsic effects shared between all clips in Effect Control Panel is remembered
  • Twirl state of parameters in Export Settings dialog is remembered
  • Show all clip markers in a sequence in the Markers panel
  • Filter markers in the Marker panel by color
  • Frame count offset updates dynamically while trimming with the mouse
  • FCP XML time remapping (speed ramps) support
  • Adjust multiple clips’ field options simultaneously
  • Create dedicated folders for each Scratch Disk file Premiere generates
  • Multiple fixes to known issues with voice-over recording using Mercury Transmit

New and improved format support

  • AS-10 export
  • Direct export to XDCAM HD disc
  • HEVC 10-bit export
  • Improvements to J2K export (24p and 30p now supported)
  • Panasonic AVC-LongG export
  • RED Weapon 8K, RED Raven support
  • QT XDCAM HD to MXF XDCAM HD Smart Rendering
  • ‘Sony device compatibility’ checkbox added to XAVC export settings
  • Match Source controls for still image formats
  • Create separate mono channels for DNxHD exports

If you're a current Creative Cloud user, you should be able to download the latest version from the CC desktop app. If you're not, you can head over to Adobe's website to get the ball rolling.     

Your Comment


VR editing looks good.

June 22, 2016 at 5:42PM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

they dropped speedgrade which sucks

June 22, 2016 at 9:14PM, Edited June 22, 9:14PM

Sam P


June 23, 2016 at 5:02AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

That new HSL tab in lumetri looks quite awesome. We had quite the discussion on Resolve vs Premiere in a resolve post a while back, and this was one of the features that I missed in Premiere. Funny that just after that the feature is added. That means less need for switching to resolve, which increases the workflow speed for me on several projects. (Heavy CC will probably still be done in Resolve, but still a good addition!)

June 23, 2016 at 1:53AM, Edited June 23, 1:53AM

Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking

People. Beware I just downloaded this and accidently didn't click the checkbox to hold onto the old version. None of my current projects will work at all, they just crash and none of the video plays. Found this page on the Adobe site on how to download an older version...

Beware... Beware... BEWARE!!!

June 23, 2016 at 8:09AM, Edited June 23, 8:09AM

Dean Butler
Writer Director Shooter Editor

I am not a fan of Adobe's new model which is to rush out as many new features as possible with a new release every single year while the stability of the program suffers. In my opinion, Premiere has become such a buggy mess that I am now fearful of using it for big projects. They really need to spend the next year focusing on making the platform stable and efficient.

June 23, 2016 at 8:10AM, Edited June 23, 8:12AM

Director, Cinematographer

But with competition blasting through new features and programs like Resolve comming dangerously close to the capabilities of Premiere on the NLE field they just HAVE to push out new feature after new feature. I for one love the way they are going with the internal color correction etc. and feel that its still quite stable. Not a lot of issues here (although I havent installed this newest version yet as im in the middle of a big project).

June 23, 2016 at 2:53PM

Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking

"Resolve comming dangerously close to the capabilities of Premiere on the NLE field"


Resolve is totally unusable for legitimate editing. Its performance is so poor that it can't play a single 4K stream smoothly (which Premiere handles easily on the same machine). It lacks basic features like audio export. Its UI is cumbersome, slow, and in many places openly defective (for example, its letterboxing functionality).

Adobe is throwing a bunch of junk features into the application without fixing longtime defects. Just another reason that its RENTAL model is a major rip-off.

June 24, 2016 at 3:23PM, Edited June 24, 3:24PM

David Gurney

I'm going to hold off on the upgrade until I finish my current project.

Invariably, Adobe has to debug its upgrades. Unfortunately, the bug fixes are only issued after the upgrades cause massive problems.

I'm on Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.2, and it's stable. I feel no need to tempt fate.

June 23, 2016 at 9:34AM

Glenn Bossik

i don't understand proxy ..:(

June 23, 2016 at 9:56AM

Raju kanneboina
Video editor

You dont understand how it is implemented in this newest version or just the idea of proxies?
A proxy is basically just a transcoded video file that is lighter for your system to work with than the original. That way you can edit with crappy, lightweight files and when you are done replace everything with the high res high bitrate originals. It's great when your editting hardware can't keep up with your camera hardware.

The way it is implemented in this new version is basically just saying 'yes I want to use proxies' and Premiere does the rest for you.

June 23, 2016 at 2:55PM

Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking