The latest update to the 2014 release of Premiere Pro CC provides a refreshed user interface with HiDPi support, new Search Bins, multi-project workflows, support for GoPro CineForm codec, several editing enhancements, and much more.
Read on for a quick introduction to the new features and links to resources offering more information.
Video: New features overview
In this video, Dave Helmly from Adobe takes you on a quick tour of all the new features in the latest update to Premiere Pro CC.
Updated user interface with HiDPI support
The latest update to Premiere Pro CC welcomes you with a noticeably cleaner and modernized user interface. The user interface provides HiDPI support for Apple's Retina displays and Windows 8.1 displays.
Modernized user interface
The modernized user interface provides cleaner visuals that let you focus more on the content. Apart from the visual enhancements, there are subtle but effective enhancements to the overall user experience.
When you select a user interface element, the selected element appears with a blue outline indicating its active state. When deselected, it appears in gray. This high contrast helps you easily distinguish between selected and deselected elements.
For a comfortable viewing experience, you can vary the brightness of the user interface from a darker to a lighter tone by using the Appearance preference option.
With HiDPI support, Premiere Pro provides a higher resolution user interface that displays text, icons, and other user interface elements in greater clarity.
You can notice an optimal display clarity under various scaling factors. At a 100% scaling, the application displays more real estate for viewing, which means many more panels can be viewed at once. When you change the scaling, the user interface elements scale optimally and continue to appear sharp and clear.
The usability enhancements in Premiere Pro let you achieve editorial tasks with fewer clicks.
Menu items for a monitor or panel that were available from the pop-up menu are now grouped together and available under Settings. Or some of the menu items are available from the panel menu.
- To access Settings, click the wrench icon in the Timeline header, Source Monitor, or Program Monitor panels to display all the available menu items.
- To open a panel menu, right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac) a panel.
To make it easier to work with multiple open panels, a panel's Close button X is removed. To close a panel, you now right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click a panel header, and select Close Panel.
Powerful search enhancements
Premiere Pro introduces Search Bins that let you find, organize, and sort media based on metadata.
When you search for items in a Project Panel, you can now save the results as a Search Bin. Once you create Search Bins, they update automatically as relevant content gets added to the project. Search Bins display aliases of the original project items and not copied media, so no media duplication occurs.
For more information, see Find assets using Search Bins.
You can now manage complex Timelines more easily in Premiere Pro.
With the Timeline panel active, select Edit > Find. Or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F (Win)/ Cmd+F (Mac) to open the Find dialog.
Using the Find dialog, you can find and select clips within a sequence. You can find clips based on a single property, like clip name or label color, or use a combination of properties. Timeline Search also lets you find sequence markers in a Timeline.
For more information, see Find assets using Timeline Search.
Enhanced media management
Premiere Pro's redesigned Project Manager lets you manage your media more efficiently. You can move, consolidate, and archive your projects in just a few clicks.
Using the new Project Manager, you can move files and sequences to a new destination based on user-defined options.
You can also render and transcode files in mixed formats into a single codec that you can archive, or share with other teams and systems. At any point, you can re-edit the transcoded projects in Premiere Pro.
For more information, see Copy, transcode, or archive your project.
Editors often access multiple projects at the same time to import and edit media simultaneously. Premiere Pro introduces a new multi-project workflow that lets you browse media and sequences from other projects and import them directly in your current project.
You can edit or reuse clips, cuts, and transitions from previous projects and edit directly in your current project. For example, you can open and edit a Premiere Pro project and an After Effects project simultaneously in the same workspace.
Select New Media Browser Panel from the Media Browser's pop-up menu to browse other projects in as many Media Browser panels as needed. Like any other panel in Premiere Pro, the multiple Media Browser panels can be left open or docked.
Learn about the editing workflow that lets you open clips and sequences from other projects, and open as many media browsers as necessary to work with multiple projects at the same time.
Premiere Pro lets you speed up playback of VFX-heavy sequences by rendering embedded video clips, including After Effects compositions, into flattened video clips.
At any point, if you want to change the original media, you can restore the unrendered clip using the Restore Unrendered option.
For more details, see Render and Replace media.
The new Render and Replace feature replaces the earlier available Render And Replace for audio option (Clip > Audio Options > Render And Replace).
Premiere Pro lets you open and view sequences from an unopened project without importing the sequence into your current project.
Using the Media Browser, navigate to the project containing the sequence, and double-click the sequence to open.
The new Source Monitor Timeline view opens a second Timeline that displays the contents of the sequence in read-only mode. This second Timeline makes it easy to edit or reuse existing clips, cuts, and transitions from different projects.
GoPro CineForm codec support
Premiere Pro lets you decode and encode QuickTime files using the GoPro CineForm codec on both Mac OS X and Windows systems.
Mac OS X users need to install QuickTime 7 or later to play back CineForm files outside Adobe's digital video applications. You can download QuickTime from Apple's Support website.
The GoPro CineForm codec is a cross-platform intermediate codec well-suited to edit high-resolution footage, and is optimized for better image quality and smoother playback.
In the Export Settings dialog box, select QuickTime as the Export Settings format, and GoPro CineForm as the video codec. Movie files encoded with the GoPro CineForm codec let you include an alpha channel. Select a 32-bit or 64-bit depth to support alpha channels.
For more information, see GoPro CineForm codec support.
GoPro CineForm is an ideal choice as a digital intermediate to convert various formats into a GoPro CineForm file for easy archival. Premiere Pro lets you do that easily by using the Consolidate and Transcode feature.
For more information, see Copy, transcode, or archive projects.
Learn how the GoPro CineForm codec offers Premiere Pro users a cross-platform intermediate codec with full support for alpha and large frame sizes of 4K and beyond.
Masking and Tracking refinements
The new refinements in Masking and Tracking provide you a new free-draw polygon Pen tool that lets you create complex mask shapes.
You can convert any mask control point into a Bezier control point in a single click, and the Bezier handles let you create smoother, precise curves.
In addition, there are new masking controls that let you adjust feathering and expansion directly on the Program Monitor.
For more information, see Masking and Tracking.
Improved Master Clip effects
A new indicator in the Timeline lets you tell at a glance which sequence clips have master clip effects applied. A clip that has a Master Clip effect applied displays a red line under the FX badge.
In addition, the Effect Controls panel now has two tabs to toggle between a master clip and its child sequence clips.
For more information, see Master Clip Effects.
Editing experience enhancements
Premiere Pro now provides an option in the Project Settings dialog that lets you keep all instances of your project items in sync automatically.
Select File > Project Settings General to open the Project Settings dialog. In the Project Settings dialog, select Display The Project Items Name And Label Color For All Instances.
When you select this option, any changes made to a clip in the Project panel ripple to all instances used in sequences. For example, when you change the name of a sequence clip, it ripples up to the master clip and then down to all other sequence clips.
When you send a clip for audio editing in Audition by selecting Edit > Edit in Adobe Audition > Clip, the rendered copy of the clip is automatically saved alongside the original media file on disk. Storing the rendered media files along with the original files makes media management easier.
The End Of Sequence Indicator, a purple colored band that appears along the right edge of the last frame of a clip or sequence, is now turned off by default.
Overlay Settings control the End Of Sequence indicator. Because Overlay Settings are turned off by default, the End Of Sequence indicator is also turned off.
To view overlays but suppress the End of Sequence indicator, deselect End Of Media/Sequence Indicators in the Overlay Settings dialog.
For more information, see Monitor Overlays.
Previously, audio-only clips without embedded timecode were displayed as samples in monitor overlays. Now, when you set your monitor to display in Source Timecode setting, audio-only clips are also displayed in SMPTE.
For more information, see Monitor Overlays.
Premiere Pro offers markers in eight different colors with green as the default.
Use the Marker dialog box to assign or change the color of a marker. Double-click the marker icon in the Program Monitor, or press M on the keyboard, to open the Marker dialog box.
You can also create markers with specific colors by assigning default keyboard shortcuts. For more information, see Changes to keyboard shortcuts.
The Clip Name effect provides alignment options to position text. You can apply Left, Center, or Right alignment.
A new preference option Write Clip Markers To XMP lets you enable or disable the writing of clip markers to the XMP metadata file. This preference is enabled by default. Select Edit > Preferences> Media to deselect the preference.
Tip: Deselect this preference when you transfer projects from one computer to another. Then, clip markers are written to the project file instead of the media file's XMP. Doing so helps you retain clip markers in the transferred project without transferring the associated media.
Premiere Pro lets you display a new column of metadata, Field Order, in the Project panel.
The Field Order column does not appear by default. To display this column, open the Metadata Display dialog by selecting Metadata Display from the Project panel menu. Then, select the check box next to Field Order.
To change the font size of the Project panel, right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click the panel. Then, select Font Size from the panel's pop-up menu, and choose an appropriate font size.
Premiere Pro lets you select multiple sequence markers at once by pressing shift and clicking the marker icons. You can then move or delete the selected markers as required.
Certain file formats do not support writing XMP metadata directly into media files.
When a media type does not support writing XMP, Premiere Pro generates a generic sidecar file and saves it alongside the original media file.
The 5.1 audio channel layout in Premiere Pro is changed to L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs channels format to comply with multi-channel sound recordings standard.
When exporting media in QuickTime format, in the Audio section of the Export Settings dialog, there is a new Discrete option under Channel Layout.
You now have the option of specifying individual channels as Discrete or Mono.
In the Effects Control Panel, under Motion video effects, the limit for the Scale parameter is increased to 10,000%. The maximum limit earlier was 600%.
A new Video Codec column in the project panel displays the video codec for each asset.
The Video Codec column is not displayed in the Project panel by default. To display this column, select Metadata Display in the Project panel's pop-up menu. Then, select Video Codec under Premiere Pro Project Metadata.
Premiere Pro now offers GPU-based debayering for AJA RAW, Canon RAW, and Phantom Cine, as well as RED and Cinema DNG footage.
These raw clips can use the GPU (OpenCL and CUDA) for an improved and faster playback performance. For Phantom Cine files, Premiere Pro also applies white balance, color matrix, gamma, and gain using the camera values stored in the video file.
Premiere Pro now provides an improved AAF exporter that facilitates smoother workflows between Premiere Pro and DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) systems.
Premiere Pro supports reading and modifying audio files with iXML metadata.
iXML metadata is typically captured by audio recording devices or on-location audio recording software such as Metacorder for Mac. An important feature of iXML metadata is the ability to select and mark the best takes, and record on-set notes.
iXML is an open standard for location sound metadata. iXML supports data such as Project name, Scene, Take, Tape, and Timecode data, as well as custom comments.
Changes to keyboard shortcuts
The Keyboard Shortcuts dialog in Premiere Pro offers a new Copy To Clipboard feature.
Using this feature, you can copy to clipboard the complete list of available commands, along with the assigned shortcuts.
- In Premiere Pro, open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog.
- Click Copy To Clipboard.
- Paste into a text editor.