Premiere Pro has gone through some major changes over the last couple of years and evolved into a fully-fledged NLE for professional video productions overtaking rival Final Cut Pro and seeing a large influx of editors and filmmakers who jumped ship from the FCP 7 and X platform onto Adobe's innovative NLE.
Adobe just released the first major update for their Creative Cloud suite of applications including the very popular video editing platform Premiere Pro and also Media Encoder. See a list of what's new in the post below.
One the most significant new features in Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 is expanded native support for 4K Ultra HD & HDR formats to include Avid DNxHR, HEVC (H.265), Dolby Vision, and OpenEXR.
The H.265 internal file compression is currently a features on very few mirrorless cameras such as the Samsung NX1, but does offer significant disk space savings without image loss quality compared to the current implementations of MPEG-4/AVC H.264 architecture that is at the heart of most modern codecs such as Sony's XAVC, which is of course also natively supported in Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 even before this update.
It is also good to see Avid's 4K codec - DNxHR, currently a recording option on the Atomos Shogun 4K recorder. See the video below for more information on the expanded UHD codec support in CC 2015.1:
Other improvements in the latest update include new ways to edit with powerful touch and gestural support, amazing new Optical flow time remapping, and the ability to search Adobe Stock directly from the Libraries panel.
Adobe Stock now also introduces an extensive catalog of over one million royalty-free video clips, which can be previewed and downloaded directly in Premiere Pro. This release also brings official support for OS X El Capitan.
Premiere Pro and Media Encoder CC 2015.1 New Features
- Tabbed panel groups can be stacked vertically in a column for Lightroom-style one-click access.
- The Start screen has been redesigned.
- Certain timeline actions such as snapping will provide haptic feedback on supported Mac trackpads.
- Thumbnails in the Project Panel can show the effect of applied Master Clip Effects and Source Settings.
- A keyboard shortcut (Command/Control-backslash) has been added to hide the application title bar.
- New lens distortion removal presets have been added for GoPro HERO4, Vision 3, and Inspire 1 cameras.
- Sound timecode and roll can be displayed in the sequence overlays.
- Multi-Camera angles can be arranged across multiple pages.
- The Video Limiter effect can be included in an export preset to keep video levels safe.
- A new effect, SDR Conform, has been added for tone-mapping HDR content.
- A preference has been added to shift clips that overlap the trim point during ripple trimming.
- Sequence timecode can be shown in the marker panel.
- Grid lines have been added to the Curves in the Lumetri panel.
- Indic languages are supported in the Titler.
- Multiple improvements to Merged Clips have been added.
- The Transform effect has been GPU accelerated.
If you have CC 2015, you can head over to Adobe and download the latest updates.