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Tutorial: New Features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Today Adobe announced updates to all Creative Cloud video apps that will debut at NAB. Here are details on the updates, plus a video tutorial on four key new features in Premiere Pro CC: Master Clips, Live Text, Masking and Tracking, and new 4K format support.

Live Text

Speaking of Adobe After Effects, the next major enhancement in Premiere Pro is the ability to access titles that you created in After Effects in a Premiere Pro project and edit the textual components of those titles.

Figure 7 (below) shows the title I’ll be working with in this example, near the beginning of its motion path. This title is an After Effects composition. I’ll select the title in the Project panel and click F to open it in the Source Monitor.

Figure 7. The After Effects-created title that we’ll edit in Premiere Pro. Click the image to see it at full size.

To access the text, I click the Effect Controls tab (Figure 8, below), and the text becomes accessible in the Effect Controls panel, where I can edit it. Note that if I click the title in the timeline to open it in the Source Monitor, the text will not be available in the Effect Controls panel. The only way to access it for editing is to select it in the Project panel and click F to open it in the Source Monitor.

Figure 8. Accessing the text in the Effect Controls panel.

Now I can type all my changes into the text fields in the Effect Controls panel under After Effects Editable Text. Now as I move through the title, I can see the new text (you can view it around the 5:00 mark in the tutorial video at the bottom of this page).

New 4K Format/Support and RED GPU Support

The fourth new feature I want to show you is new support for 4K formats. Of even more importance to RED producers is GPU support for RED footage on the timeline. Figure 9 (below) shows a 4K R3D clip in the timeline. If I turn off GPU support and preview the clip in the timeline, it doesn’t play anywhere close to full speed, as you can see around the 5:43 mark in the video below. Figure 9 shows the Windows Task Manager as the R3D clip plays with GPU support off on my HP Z820 with 24 cores (48 with Hyperthreading enabled). As you can see, even this spotty playback consumes 100% of CPU resources. It’s also worth noting that the clip in this example has a Brightness & Contrast adjustment applied in addition to being a 4K clip in the timeline.

Figure 9. Playing back an R3D clip with GPU support off. Click the image to see it at full size.

If I go back to Project Settings > General, open the Renderer pull-down, and choose CUDA GPU acceleration, the clip plays back much more smoothly (as you can see around the 6:15 mark of the video below), and CPU usage drops to 39%. In previous versions of Premiere Pro, it didn’t matter whether you used GPU acceleration or not; you were always at 100% for 4K clips on this same system. Now, with GPU acceleration, I can get very good performance with the same hardware.

So there you have the key new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC: You can apply effects to a master clip, you can mask and track any effect, you can edit text on After Effects compositions inside Premiere Pro, and you can work with more 4K formats and edit 4K RED footage without a RED Rocket.


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