Adobe Updates to Get Excited About

Good news, filmmakers! It’s official: Adobe released the latest updates to Premiere Pro and Media Encoder on the Creative Cloud. Which really means that your life in post-production just got easier.

After previewing the new features at this year’s NAB Show, Adobe made these updates available for download on the Creative Cloud on June 21st. You can read the full press release here for the whole scoop (and watch the 37 minute video that will walk you through the new stuff), but we’ll save you some time with the summary below.

Basically, Adobe is trying to give you access to everything you’ll need, all in one program (which is super convenient).

Here’s what we’re most excited about with the new Adobe update:

1. HSL

Isolate colors with ease in the Lumetri control panel. License this clip from Gnarly Bay  here . 

Isolate colors with ease in the Lumetri control panel. License this clip from Gnarly Bay here

HSL, which stands for hue, saturation, lightness, allows you to alter the colors of pixels. This process is part of the secondary color grading phase. In other words, after you’ve got your image to look proper (life-like), it’s time to make it look good—real good.

With the new Premiere update for HSL secondaries, you can easily isolate and change colors right in the Lumetri control panel. Ultimately, this update gives you more freedom and ability in the color grading process right in Premiere.

Previously, only higher-end programs like DaVinci Resolve allowed you to use HSL. This update allows you to color grade without leaving Premiere, making your post production process that much easier.

2. Proxies

Shooting in a high resolution is great for retaining data; it’s not so great for managing large file sizes and waiting on extended exports.

In the past, if you wanted to edit in Premiere after shooting on a 4,6, or 8K camera, you needed to export the clips as proxies—low-res files that were easier for computers to process. Then, you would need to relink your proxies with your original files, and export the finished files to your desired resolution...all the while hoping that files would link up at each part of the process. Not fun!

Premiere Pro’s new update aims to condense that process by allowing you to create proxies of RAW and Native files right in Premiere. That way, you can avoid the middle step of having to manually export files as proxies to programs like Encoder to expedite your edit. Thanks, Adobe!

3. VR capabilities

Adobe offers new and improved support for working VR video, allowing you to now stitch together footage in Premiere Pro with help from a slew of nifty tools when it’s time to edit.

Adobe promises that you can work with VR footage just as you do with normal footage; they get around working with flattened-from-a-sphere images with a special VR viewing mode that allows you to toggle between perspectives and angles.

For full details on VR workflows in Premiere Pro, check out Adobe’s tutorial.

4. Media encoder

Media encoder has been updated to include the media browser to help you navigate files between apps. The goal with the update is to make project management a little easier.

You can now also export directly to Twitter to up your social sharing game, and give your followers access to what you’re working on. Pretty neat! (Speaking of Twitter, follow us at @StoryandHeart for more filmmaking tips, tricks, and news 👍 ).

Those are just a few of our highlights...there are tons of other updates to editing features that promise to be useful for filmmakers. For a complete breakdown of what's included in the June 2016 Premiere update, here's Dave Helmly from Dav Tech Table:

What are you most excited about with the new Adobe update? Share below, and feel free to ask any questions about using Adobe Premiere!