The 2014 release of Adobe Premiere Pro CC provides tighter integration with After Effects, new Master Clip effects, and several new features and enhancements to make postproduction workflows simpler and faster.
Read on for a quick introduction to the new features and links to resources offering more information.
What's new and changed
- Video: New features overview
- After Effects workflows within Premiere Pro
- Master Clip Effects
- Support for fonts from Typekit
- Sync settings and file management
- Editing experience enhancements
- Enhanced media management
- Audio-related enhancements
- Cross-platform support for video effects and transitions
- Enhanced graphic performance and native format support
- New delivery formats
- Other enhancements
- New and changed keyboard shortcuts
Video: New features overview
Al Mooney gives you a walk-through of the new features in Premiere Pro CC.
After Effects workflows within Premiere Pro
You can leverage the power of After Effects text templates and Masking and Tracking workflows directly within Premiere Pro.
Masks let you target specific areas in a clip to which you want to apply effects or color corrections. You can define a specific area in an image that you want to blur, cover, or highlight.
One of the common uses of masking is to blur a person's face to protect their identity. For example, you can mask a person's face by applying a Blur effect or a Mosaic effect.
You can also use masking in more creative ways like applying a mask to correct a specific color. Or you can use an inverse mask selection to exclude the masked area from color corrections applied to the rest of the clip.
In addition, you can add multiple shape masks with different effects to different areas of a clip.
A. Masked with Gaussian Blur effect B. Masked with Mosaic effect
Premiere Pro lets you animate and track the mask shapes. That is, the mask can automatically track the movement of the masked object as the object moves. For example, after you blur a person's face, the mask can automatically track the movement of the face from frame to frame as the person moves.
For more information, see Masking and Tracking in Premiere Pro.
Live Text templates let you edit textual content in animated titles and lower-third graphics quickly and easily.
You can edit text layers in an After Effects composition directly in Premiere Pro without having to return to After Effects. Any changes you make to the text layers in the composition does not alter the imagery or graphics surrounding the text.
In addition, any changes you make to the Live Text template file are propagated to all the projects and sequences in Premiere Pro that use that project.
For more information, see Live Text templates in Premiere Pro.
Master Clip Effects
When you apply effects to a master clip in Premiere Pro, the effects automatically ripple down to all portions of the master clips used in sequences.
When you apply an effect or a LUT to a master clip, the effect or color change is automatically applied to each instance of the master clip edited into a sequence. In addition, any subsequent adjustments you make to the effect also automatically ripple through to all sequence clips.
You can apply effects to a master clip by dragging an effect from the Effects panel to the master clip. To view or adjust the master clip effect from a sequence clip, use the Match Frame feature to load the master clip for that sequence into the Source monitor. Then, adjust any applied effects from the Effects Control panel.
For more information, see Master Clip Effects.
Support for fonts from Typekit
You can choose from thousands of fonts from Typekit available within Premiere Pro.
When you sync fonts from Typekit to your desktop through the Creative Cloud application, the fonts from Typekit appear alongside locally installed fonts.
- In Premiere pro, select Title > Add Fonts From Typekit.
- Browse through the fonts and download the required fonts.
- Quit and relaunch Premiere Pro.
When you open the Titler, the fonts from Typekit appear alongside other locally installed fonts.
For more information on using fonts from Typekit with Creative Cloud, see Typekit Help Center.
Sync settings and file management
Your Adobe Creative Cloud account comes with online storage that make your files available to you anywhere and on any device or computer.
Premiere Pro lets you auto-save your projects directly to your Creative Cloud-based storage, letting you save backups of your projects to a secure and accessible storage environment.
Choose Auto Save in the Preferences dialog, and select Save Backup Project To Creative Cloud.
When Premiere Pro auto-saves a project, a directory named "auto-save" is created in your Creative Cloud online storage. All the backed up projects are stored in the "auto-save" directory.
You can access your backed up projects from the Files tab of your Creative Cloud desktop application. Or you can access the files from your Creative Cloud account on the Web.
Each major version of Premiere Pro CC has its own copy of settings files. For example, Premiere Pro CC 7.x uses a "7.0" directory to store the settings file while the 2014 version of Premiere Pro CC uses a "8.0" directory.
When you upgrade to the 2014 version from a 7.x version of Premiere Pro CC, your sync settings are migrated automatically to the new version.
Select Sync Settings or Use Settings From A Different Account from the Welcome screen or the File > Sync Settings menu. All the settings files from the "7.0" directory are automatically copied to the "8.0" directory.
- The "8.0" directory is created on the Creative Cloud server only after you sync settings for the first time. When you sync settings for the first time, you may notice a delay in syncing because all the settings from the “7.0’ directory are copied to the “8.0” directory.
- Before you customize any local settings like adding new keyboard shortcuts or workspaces, sync your settings at least once on one of your computers. Doing so ensures that you don’t lose any changes to your settings during auto-migration of settings from the previous version.
For more information on using Sync Settings in Creative Cloud, see Sync Settings.
Editing experience enhancements
You can find a frame loaded in the Source monitor and match it in the Timeline using the Reverse Match Frame command.
To use Reverse Match Frame, follow these steps:
- Ensure that you have a clip loaded in the Source monitor.
- In the Source Monitor, place the playhead on the frame that you want to find in the Timeline.
- Select Sequence > Reverse Time Frame, or use the keyboard shortcut Shift+R. Premiere Pro moves the playhead on the Timeline to that exact frame.
Double-click a sequence clip in the Timeline to load that clip in the Source monitor with the matching frame to where the playhead is placed over the Timeline.
If the playhead is not placed on any frame of that clip, the playhead in the Source monitor moves to the first frame of that sequence clip.
You can fix out-of-sync clips by manually moving tracks in the Timeline. When you drag the synced clip back into the Project panel, a new project item is created. The new project item retains the applied offset, so that the sync is already applied the next time you use the new clip.
The Sync Offset 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 Sync Offset under Premiere Pro Project Metadata.
This feature is useful for a clip that requires an offset and needs to be used multiple times. You don't have to sync tracks every time you place the clip on the Timeline. You can fix the offset once and create a new clip project item that retains the offset. You can then use the new clip multiple times without syncing tracks each time.
You can assign multiple keyboard shortcuts for a single command.
The Keyboard Shortcuts dialog displays the keyboard shortcut as an editable button, which lets you easily change, add, or delete shortcuts.
To add shortcuts to a command, click to the right of an existing shortcut. If there is no existing shortcut, click anywhere in the Shortcut column. A new shortcut button is created in which you can type the shortcut.
Use the Set To Frame Size command to scale an image to the sequence frame size without rasterizing the image. When you use this command, the native pixel resolution is preserved, letting you see the sharpest resolution when you zoom in on an image.
- Right-click (Windows), or Control-click (Mac OS) an asset in a Timeline.
- Select Set To Frame Size.
When you select the Set To Frame Size command, the Scale To Frame Size setting is toggled off for improved playback performance.
The Source and Program Monitors can display a checkerboard grid that identifies transparency in a layer.
The checkerboard pattern appears behind the video’s alpha channel, or if a clip is scaled smaller than the frame size.
To show or hide the transparency grid, click the Wrench icon to open the monitor's Settings menu, and select Transparency Grid.
In the Project panel, you can export a clip by using the context menu command. Right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac) the clip to export and select Export Media from the context menu. This command is in addition to the File > Export > Media command.
FX Badges now appear to the left of a clip in the Timeline, and can be turned off if necessary.
Click the Wrench icon in the Timeline header to open Timeline Display Settings. Deselect Show FX Badges to turn off FX Badges.
In previous versions of Premiere Pro, using the keyboard shortcut Shift+Left or Right arrow, moved the playhead by a fixed number of five frames.
Premiere Pro now provides a preference that lets you control the number of frames to move. In the Preferences dialog, select the Playback pane, and enter the number of frames for Step Forward/Back Many. The default is set to ten frames.
Premiere Pro provides a Track Selection Backward Tool, available from the Tools panel. Use this tool to select all the clips to the left of the cursor in a sequence.
The Track Selection Tool from earlier versions is now renamed to Track Selection Forward Tool. While the name has changed, the function of this tool remains the same of selecting all clips to the right of the cursor in a sequence.
Enhanced media management
Premiere Pro CC provides you greater flexibility around how media is referenced when importing a project. You can choose to place the imported project in a new directory or allow importing duplicate media.
When you import media into a project, Premiere Pro imports and places the media directly at the root level by default. The imported media clips intermingle with any existing clips.
To let Premiere Pro place the imported media into a separate folder, select Create Folder For Imported Items in the Import dialog. The folder is created at the project root level.
When importing media into a project, Premiere Pro checks to see if the master clip in the project references any of the imported media files. If so, Premiere Pro consolidates the imported media into the existing master clip by default. Any unique metadata in the imported media is lost. To prevent this occurrence, select Allow Importing Duplicate Media. Premiere Pro then allows importing duplicate instances of media, preserving the project metadata.
When you import folders containing subfolders into your project, Premiere Pro creates bins and organizes the files in the same hierarchy as on your hard disk.
If you import a folder containing a single file, the file in moved into a folder in the next higher level of hierarchy. You cannot import a folder with no files.
You can now quickly make sequences go offline by using the Make Offline context menu command. In the Timeline or Project Panel, right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac) the sequence that you want to make offline, and select Make Offline from the context menu.
You can now use the Media Browser to browse After Effects projects. You can also preview effects compositions in an After Effects project using the Media Browser.
You can quickly add your favorite or most often used folder to your favorites list in the Media Browser. In the Media Browser, right-click the folder that you want to add, and select Add to Favorites.
Premiere Pro provides a new preference that lets you maintain the audio pitch during scrubbing and playback while using the J,K,L keys.
In the Preferences dialog, select the Audio pane, and select Maintain Pitch While Shuttling.
Selecting this preference helps improve the clarity of speech when playback is at a higher or slower than normal speed.
You can now access voice-over record settings directly from the Timeline by selecting Voice-Over Record Settings from the context menu.
You can specify the duration of the pre-roll and post-roll countdown. Select the Countdown Sound Cues checkbox to play a beep to indicate the status of recording. These beeps are not recorded in the voice-over.
For more information, see Record a voice-over on an audio track from the Timeline.
Cross-platform support for video effects and transitions
To provide consistent support for effects and transitions across platforms, Premiere Pro supports the same effects and transitions on both Windows and Mac platforms.
Given this focus, some effects have been deprecated, and others have been ported to make them available across platforms.
Deprecated effects do not appear in the Effects panel, and cannot be applied in this version of Premiere Pro. However, if you open a project created in an older version of Premiere Pro with deprecated effects, you can still see the deprecated effects. When you select a clip with the deprecated effect in the Timeline, the Effects Control panel shows the effect with fully functional controls to adjust the effects.
For the complete list of video effects and transitions supported in Premiere Pro, see Video effects and transitions.
Enhanced graphic performance and native format support
RED format clips now use the GPU (OpenCL and CUDA) for debayering for an improved and faster playback performance.
Premiere Pro provides enhanced support for CinemaDNG including Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and Convergent Design Odyssey7Q.
New delivery formats
Premiere Pro now supports export to industry-standard AS11 for broadcast, and certain types of Quvis Wraptor Digital Cinema Package (DCP). When exporting to both these formats, the associated metadata is included.
In addition, Premiere Pro can also export stereo audio to Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus formats.
To view progress when rendering files, a new progress bar is displayed over the Premiere Pro icon on the Mac OS X dock or Windows taskbar. When you are in other applications, you can now easily view the progress of items in Premiere Pro without having Premiere Pro in the foreground.
To remove the distortion created from GoPro camera's wide angle lenses, Premiere Pro provides presets that use the Lens Distortion video effect.
Premiere Pro lets you flatten a multi-camera sequence while preserving any intrinsic or non-intrinsic effects applied to the multiple source clips.
To flatten a multi-camera sequence, select the sequence and choose Clip > Multi-Camera > Flatten. The resulting flattened clip preserves the effects from the different single clips within the multi-camera sequence.
Premiere Pro has optimized metadata for improved performance during indexing, searching, and sorting.
In previous versions, when exporting captions, you encoded the accompanying video or audio. You can now directly export .scc, .mcc, .xml, or .stl sidecar files without having to encode the media.
Select File > Export > Captions for the selected clip or sequence in the Project panel. In the Caption Sidecar Settings dialog, select the closed caption file format and frame rate.
- Improved Red Giant Pluraleyes workflows
- Issues with AAF export resolved
- Ability to use Sound Roll and Sound Timecode in EDL export
- Improved scratch-disk workflows when moving assets between platforms, and when an earlier scratch disk location is offline
- Improved AVCi growing files performance
- Mosaic effect is now GPU optimized
New and changed keyboard shortcuts
You can set default shortcuts for the following commands in the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog.
- Add Fonts From Typekit
- Browse Add-ons
- Lock/Unlock All Audio Tracks
- Lock/Unlock All Video Tracks
- Nudge Volume +1dB
- Nudge Volume +3dB
- Nudge Volume -1dB
- Nudge Volume -3dB
- Toggle Maintain Pitch During Shuttling
- Toggle Transparency Grid
- Track Select Backward Tool