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Adobe updating video tools in Creative Cloud, Anywhere

SAN JOSE, CA — Adobe is talking updates, to be available in October, to video tools within its Adobe Creative Cloud — there will be over 150 new features that include new capabilities in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC and Adobe Story CC Plus.

These updates are meant to help video pros collaborate and deliver high-quality productions across multiple screens. Important updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere for video, which enables large virtual teams of talent to efficiently shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions together.

These major updates will allow broadcast and media professionals to extend their creative toolset and streamline their editing environments. Adobe will demonstrate its new solutions, highlight key customers and partner focused initiatives during the annual IBC 2013 show later this week.

Key new updates include:
–   A new direct linkcColor pipeline between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and SpeedGrade CC provides an integrated workflow that allows users to move multi-track timelines seamlessly back and forth; open Adobe Premiere Pro CC sequences in SpeedGrade quickly; and see the results as effects in Adobe Premiere Pro CC that are managed by the Lumetri Deep Color Engine.

–  Expanded native support for UltraHD, 4K and higher resolutions, high frame rates and RAW formats, enables editors to work with footage from high-res cameras natively – without having to wait to transcode and re-wrap files.

– The Mask Tracker in After Effects enables video professionals to create masks and apply effects that track automatically frame-by-frame throughout a composition to save countless hours of tedious work.

– Editing is streamlined in Premiere Pro CC, with improved multicam, enhanced closed captioning capabilities, new monitor overlays and audio monitoring features, enabling editors to work faster.

-Performance enhancements punctuate this release with support in Premiere Pro CC for OpenCL, providing editors with the speed and power they need for the most demanding projects; and new GPU debayering of the Cinema DNG file format for real time playback.

– A preview of the upcoming Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app, which enables users to log notes, events, and other data on their iPad while shooting, including the ability to sync with timecode on set via supported wireless timecode generators, and then sync metadata to footage via Creative Cloud for faster editing.

– Advanced color grading with the new SpeedLooks in SpeedGrade CC offers dedicated camera patches. This allows users to match the color spaces even across different camera formats. New multiple masks and linked mask layers capabilities also enable SpeedGrade users more control over complex looks.

– New Sync Settings in Adobe Media Encoder CC let users now sync application preferences between multiple computers via Creative Cloud.

– New production planning features in Adobe Story Plus provide new scheduling and reporting tools for managing productions efficiently, making it easy to modify and share lists between productions and users.

Adobe Anywhere will also be updated — Adobe Anywhere assets complements Creative Cloud applications and enables deep collaboration for large organizations working with video, including broadcasters, educational institutions and government agencies.

– Early access to After Effects CC support: Adobe Anywhere now enables visual effects and motion graphic artists using After Effects CC to collaborate with other production team members, without the need to learn new software.

– Growing File Support: Users can now edit media in Premiere Pro CC while it is recording to a file – a capability important for sports and live broadcasters.

– Complementary iPad app: Adobe is previewing an upcoming Adobe Anywhere iPad app, that enables users to view productions and play back sequences on the Anywhere server from the field or a remote location.

I asked Jim Geduldick, DP, editor, VFX artist, for his thoughts on the announcement. Here is what he said:  “Adobe is giving us a huge update next month with Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade. I have been asking for some of these features a while now and it is going to speed up my work on set and in post tremendously. Phantom native support is HUGE for me as is support for the other formats like Red Dragon,Cinema DNG, Sony etc.

“Direct Link expands workflow by opening Premiere Pro sequences in SpeedGrade without having to use EDL or XML interchange and tapping the same acceleration Premiere uses with the Mercury engine. Kick ass if your running the new Nvidia cards.”

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