It’s here, it’s here! The new release of Adobe Premiere CC 2014 is out, and the new version is sporting some very, very cool enhancements that make it even more efficient, and powerful, and generally kick-ass than ever.
Here’s a few of the key points:
Premiere Master Clips make it possible to apply color corrections, and other effects, to a clip, and have those changes persist in any timeline where the clip is used.
This is gold, and what a huge time saver!
Tracking and Masking
Need to corner pin that TV image into a flat screen with some camera movement. Set a few points in Premiere and, BAM! Done.
This is another huge win for editors. No more switching over to After Effects for basic image tracking and masking.
Okay, so this is a subset of the full functionality you find in AE (especially if you’re a Mocha AE user), but this is pretty spiffy…
Live Text Templates in After Effects
This feature allows you to truly create templates of effects that you re-use a lot, think animated lower-thirds, and pretty much any motion graphic where the text is is the only thing changing. Just create a new instance of the effect, type in your customized text, and, BAM!, you’re ready to go. If I would have had this feature when I was editing season 2 of “The Sword and Laser” it would have probably saved a few hours per episode vs. having to set things up in AE and the render them out/import into Premiere, etc.
Auto-sync Project Files to Creative Cloud
Okay, not earth shattering, but there’s that off-site copy of your project file that you need to have in case the building blows up (or in the case of us Californians, EARTHQUAKE!)
Taking it for a test drive…
I’ll be kicking the tires on in-depth over the coming weeks, but I’m really, really, like completely, stoked about the major advances Adobe has made in Premiere Pro with this one release. Media Management notwithstanding (it’s still the product’s Achilles’ Heel), Premiere is one of the best NLE’s available on the market today.
OS X 10.9.3 Concerns
Apparently a lot of folks are having issues with OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks), and the installation process. Adobe is reportedly aware of the issues and are working on a fix. FWIW, I had now problems with installation on either of my Mavericks machines, and the software is working as expected… Just mentioning because it’s out there.