Ahead of the 2018 NAB media trade show, which starts on April 7, Adobe today announced its traditional spring update with new updates for several Creative Cloud apps, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and Character Animator.

Adobe's aim in 2018 is to introduce new tools and improvements to allow its customers to streamline their workflows to save time.

"The demands and pace of video content creation are reaching levels we've never seen before. The time pressure on video professionals means the need for powerful and efficient creative tools has never been greater," said Steven Warner, vice president of digital video and audio at Adobe. "Adobe video apps like Premiere Pro and After Effects give them that power which, combined
with the services available in Creative Cloud, provide broadcasters, media companies, filmmakers and YouTubers a complete ecosystem to bring their stories to screen faster than ever."

In Premiere Pro CC, Adobe's video editing software for professionals, Adobe has introduced a Color Match feature, powered by its artificial intelligence engine Adobe Sensei. Color Match is able to take the color and light values from a reference image and then apply them as editable color adjustments to the current shot, all while intelligently adjusting for skin tones.

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With Color Match, it takes just a few clicks and adjustments to match the colors of various video clips. For broadcast-quality content, the Video Limiter ensures color grading meets broadcast standards.

In the Essential Graphics panel, there are new tools for animating text and graphics, along with Auto Ducking improvements that are part of the Essential Sound panel and new options for tracking time codes with a Time Code panel.

There are new integrations between Premiere Pro and Audition, with Adobe introducing the ability to open Premiere Pro projects in Audition to select specific sequences you want to work on. A new Track panel has been added to allow users to better manage their projects, and Clip Spotting updates video previews in Audition in real-time.

Adobe After Effects CC, designed for motion graphics, offers a Master Properties option for seeding individual values to all versions of a composition, plus there's a new Advanced Puppet Engine for smoother, more realistic object movement. Adobe's data-driven animation tools have also been improved with support for spreadsheet files like .CSV and .TSV.

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Adobe Immersive Environment, which now includes support for the Windows Mixed Reality Platform, is available in After Effects CC, allowing users to preview VR content with a new immersive workflow.

Character Animator has gained improvements that make it faster to create new characters than ever before with a new option to drag layers from the Puppet panel into the Triggers panel to refine existing behaviors or create new ones.

All of Adobe's Creative Cloud updates will be available starting today, with additional information on what's new available on Adobe's site. Adobe's Creative Cloud plans, which cover the complete range of Adobe CC software, start at $49.99 per month.

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Brien Avatar
57 months ago
My biggest issue with Adobe at the moment is the buggy Creative Cloud App that manages everything for installs of updates. It's better than it has been at times, but it's quirky and not exactly "stable" for what its main purpose is - installing (and authenticating) software. Don't care about the cloud storage features and do not really use them at all. Literally open the app to check for and install updates.

When I update a POINT-RELEASE, I should then not have to purge libraries, cache directories, preferences, and all settings just to open the application. That is what happened with this latest update. Terrible on Adobe's part. Pathetic support on top of it.

This latest release should not have been a point-release. It should have been a CC 2018.5 build across the board. Because it was not, previous versions have been overwritten (2018.0 with 2018.1) and there is no way to re-install the previous version. Good luck if you have (even accidentally) Dynamically Linked a Premiere Pro project or timeline with an AE project file. It will take 20+ minutes to open in the new versions and you'll think it crashed. Then you basically have to purge all references to the "missing" assets just so you can work with your files. Not exactly a seamless point-release upgrade or bug fix style release... Had this been CC 2018.5, this would not have been an issue and could still have opened CC 2018 applications

The sudden dropping of Muse without a viable alternative available is also on the top of the list. Don't want to hear about web-based solutions or anything like that. It was part of their software suite and if they developed another program that would EVENTUALLY takeover, they should have continued Muse in parallel with the new program, then phase it out. They botched this and pissed off their customer base.

While I'm at it, stop up-selling me on Adobe Stock. My clients cannot easily search it on their s***y corporate-issued Windows laptops and don't want to use it. They like the other stock websites that allow direct purchases they can manage.
Oh man, this so much. Tired of the force-feeding.

Every time I get a new PC at work I spend at least an hour or two going through and turning off libraries, TypeKit, the "learn" panels, removing the cloud sidebar, uninstalling unwanted apps, etcetera. Then on top of that you have desktop managers for Autodesk, Red Giant, and everything else and it becomes a nightmare.
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bsbeamer Avatar
57 months ago
My biggest issue with Adobe at the moment is the buggy Creative Cloud App that manages everything for installs of updates. It's better than it has been at times, but it's quirky and not exactly "stable" for what its main purpose is - installing (and authenticating) software. Don't care about the cloud storage features and do not really use them at all. Literally open the app to check for and install updates.

When I update a POINT-RELEASE, I should then not have to purge libraries, cache directories, preferences, and all settings just to open the application. That is what happened with this latest update. Terrible on Adobe's part. Pathetic support on top of it.

This latest release should not have been a point-release. It should have been a CC 2018.5 build across the board. Because it was not, previous versions have been overwritten (2018.0 with 2018.1) and there is no way to re-install the previous version. Good luck if you have (even accidentally) Dynamically Linked a Premiere Pro project or timeline with an AE project file. It will take 20+ minutes to open in the new versions and you'll think it crashed. Then you basically have to purge all references to the "missing" assets just so you can work with your files. Not exactly a seamless point-release upgrade or bug fix style release... Had this been CC 2018.5, this would not have been an issue and could still have opened CC 2018 applications

The sudden dropping of Muse without a viable alternative available is also on the top of the list. Don't want to hear about web-based solutions or anything like that. It was part of their software suite and if they developed another program that would EVENTUALLY takeover, they should have continued Muse in parallel with the new program, then phase it out. They botched this and pissed off their customer base.

While I'm at it, stop up-selling me on Adobe Stock. My clients cannot easily search it on their s***y corporate-issued Windows laptops and don't want to use it. They like the other stock websites that allow direct purchases they can manage.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
826317 Avatar
57 months ago
It's time for Adobe to start matching Apple's FCPX render times!
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theheadguy Avatar
57 months ago
It's time for Adobe to start matching Apple's FCPX render times!
Anything Apple should do to match Adobe? Serious question.
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826317 Avatar
57 months ago
Anything Apple should do to match Adobe? Serious question.
Nope.
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RoobyRoobyRoo Avatar
57 months ago
You probably assumed me to be a hater, I just wanted to say that I am not, I'm simply stating that render times for Premiere are ways behind FCPX.
Sorry, I didn't intend to imply any specific individual was a hater, including you. I just meant that in general I know there are many people on MR who don't have a very positive opinion of Adobe and their stuff.
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The number 1 thing I want Adobe to do is fix the goddam interface of premiere! It's a nightmare of unintuitiveness, hidden menus, functions that appear and disappear, etc.
Can you elaborate more on what specifically your issues are with the Premiere interface? I'm curious, as someone who spends a great deal of time in the program.
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