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This article was published on September 8, 2015

Adobe announces sweeping updates to its video apps with hooks into UltraHD and touch screens

Adobe announces sweeping updates to its video apps with hooks into UltraHD and touch screens
Jackie Dove
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Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015. Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015.

The major premise behind Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription service is that updates flow in an organic way — that the developer is no longer bound to a strict periodic schedule of feature updates, but can push out improvements at will. This year’s IBC broadcasting trade show will see a number of new features to Adobe’s video apps.

Overall, the concentration this year is on UltraHD — with resolutions spanning 4K through 8K, as well as HDR and touch integration for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator and Media Encoder.

Users can look forward to greater color fidelity between Premiere Pro and After Effects via the Lumetri color panel — which carries over to After Effects — and touch-based environments like the Microsoft Surface Pro, Windows 8 tablet or the Apple track pad. Adobe also notes increased integration with technologies such as CreativeSync, for sharing assets among different projects, and the new Adobe Stock Service in the Creative Cloud Libraries panels in Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Premiere Pro CC - HDR
Premiere Pro CC: HDR

You can now drag assets from the Creative Cloud Libraries panel to the composition panel in After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Premiere Pro CC now supports UltraHD and HDR formats including DNxHR, HEVC (H.265) and OpenEXR, so you can work with HD video up to and beyond 8K, with high dynamic ranges. You can also apply color corrections and create looks with the Lumetri Color panel.

Premiere Pro CC - Post to Facebook
Premiere Pro CC: Post to Facebook

You can now use gestures for video tasks like building cuts, scrubbing media, marking in and out points, pulling clips onto a timeline and making edits. Pinch to zoom in and out of the timeline and Monitor panels, and drag to scroll through all workspace panels.

Premiere Pro CC - H265
Premiere Pro CC: H265

Adobe’s GPU frame interpolation technology can produce smooth slow-mo and speed-ramp effects and high-quality frame rate conversions.

Premiere Pro CC - Touch Edit
Premiere Pro CC: Touch edit

Touch and smaller screen support has been expanded in After Effects, too. An Uninterrupted Preview feature lets you pan and adjust compositions during playback, offering more control for material with long per-frame render times.

In addition to After Effects’ support of Lumetri Color settings updates to AE also feature deeper support for Arri Raw, Dolby Vision and DCI color spaces as well as Rec. 2020 and other UltraHD and HDR formats.

After Effects CC: Libraries in stacked panels and Lumitri effects

Multi-touch can be used to animate movements of different parts of a character in Character Animator, and will now be available in French, German and Japanese.

Character Animator CC: Dragger behavior
Character-Animator CC: Head-Turner-Behavior

Updates to Adobe Audition include the Remix feature, which lets you adjust the duration of a song to match the video content. This tool automatically rearranges the music to any duration to create custom tracks to fit your narrative. You can also generate synthesized speech in various voices for voiceover and narration without waiting for finished recordings.

Audition Match Loudness
Audition CC: Match Loudness
Audition CC: Remix
Audition CC: Generate speech

Destination Publishing in Media Encoder, which lets you deliver UltraHD content encoded to 4K formats, now supports Facebook for social media projects. You can also render image sequences via automated workflows that launch when you drop sequences into Watch Folders. Automatic Loudness Correction — which is also available in Premiere Pro and Audition — lets you monitor the perceived loudness of your audio to adhere to broadcast standards.

Updates to Adobe Anywhere, the enterprise collaboration platform, include collaboration-only configuration for customers who do not need remote access to media, the ability to add media to productions and change locations and enhanced client update to new Premiere Pro and Prelude video features.

Adobe Primetime
Adobe Primetime CC

Adobe Primetime, the company’s multi-screen TV platform, now includes a new player for better support of HTML5, an Instant On feature that promises to boost start times by 300 percent, mobile-friendly authentication improvements, support for Dolby AC-3 HD quality sound for online programming and delivery, dynamic ad insertion and metrics and more.

Creative Cloud video updates will be rolling out by the end of the year for subscribers for $49.99 per month, or $19.99 per month for academic licenses. Adobe Stock is available to Creative Cloud individual and team customers at $9.99 for a single image; $29.99 per month for 10 images (with rollover of unused images) and $199.00 per month for 750 images.

➤ Adobe Creative Cloud Video

All images courtesy of Adobe.

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