"Efficiency and Performance to Maximize Creativity" is Adobe's logline for May 2020 release. Let's see what it's all about.
Not a long time ago Productions were introduced to Premiere Pro and now we get another update. What a treat! 🙂
Filter the Effect Controls Panel
There's a new funnel icon at the bottom of the Effect Controls panel. We can now ‘Show Only Edited Properties‘ or even go one step further and ‘Show Only Keyframed Properties’.
The choice is being remembered when we switch between different clips and the properties in question are automatically twirled open.
More than that!. We can actually apply keyboard shortcuts to those two filtering options. They work regardless of which panel is currently active.
Hardware-accelerated Encoding for both AMD and Nvidia is now supported on Windows for two delivery codecs. H.264 and HEVC.
To make sure that it’s enabled go to Encoding Settings under the Video tab in the Export Media panel. Performance should be set to Hardware Encoding.
If it’s not, make sure to update your GPU drivers. It didn’t work for me at first but updating the drivers solved the problem.
That’s another great news for us as it means faster exporting.
I exported a few timelines with and without Hardware Encoding enabled to both H.264 and HEVC. Depending on the complexity of the timeline, Hardware Encoding was between 10 and 40% faster. But depending on your computer the difference could be bigger.
Adobe promises that some major performance improvements have been implemented.
They also say that playback speed, in general, has been improved and that working with shapes in Premiere Pro is now about 50% faster.
Yeah, it looks like Adobe listened. You may know that I was very disappointed with the 14.0 release but what they presented this Spring actually gives me some hope.
BTW, if you struggle with stability in Premiere Pro I have an eBook dedicated to best practices for the stable editing workflow. It’s called Bulletproof Premiere Pro. If that’s something you’re interested in you can order your copy and as a side effect, you support my channel 🙂
ProRes RAW support
Another new feature that was very desired by some users is support for importing and editing of ProRes RAW clips.
As a Windows user, I had to download ProRes RAW software first to be able to use it. I’ll link it in the description. Once I installed it I’m able to edit these clips and utilize all advantages or RAW files.
Specifically, I can go to the Master tab in Effect Controls panel and adjust exposure for that clip like you would for a RAW still picture.
That’s amazing. BTW, huge thanks to Claus Andersen who provided me with this ProRes clip.
Keyboard shortcuts for specific marker colors
I'll be honest. I wasn't aware of that update when I recorded and edited the video. It would definitely be a part of it because any improvement to working with markers is welcome.
We can now define a default marker color by mapping a preferred key to it. Yes, that's right. We can finally create default keyboard shortcuts for all marker colors 🙂
Automatic Audio Device Switching
macOS users can choose the “System Default” option in the Audio Hardware preferences to automatically switch between audio devices.
No more notifications that an audio device has changed and trips to Preferences every time that happens.
Improved Pen Tool
Pen Tool has finally been improved. Nothing shocking here. It just works the way it’s supposed to work. You can convert a point to a Bezier curve and adjust the handles and so on. Stuff you probably know from Photoshop. Previously you couldn’t edit created path as easily which was a bummer.
Libraries support audio files (music, SFX)
Now we can add audio files to Creative Cloud Libraries.
Vertical Alignment for Text Layers
The Essential Graphics Panel now has three new icons for vertical alignment for text layers.
Display Japanese fonts with the correct selection box
Some Japanese, Korean, and Chinese fonts have been using the wrong font metrics to determine the maximum height, leading to extra space below the glyphs. It has been fixed and now works correctly.
Automatically use a substitute font when necessary.
If the selected font cannot display a Japanese, Chinese, or Korean character, Premiere Pro will automatically fall back to a default font for that language that can display that character.
Now, there are two more moves from Adobe that you should be aware of. More than that. You should take advantage of them.
Team Projects for everyone
Firstly, Team Projects feature is available to all Creative Cloud subscribers through August 17. It allows you to collaborate with anyone in the world and is quite good for remote editing. I use it to work with my Australian clients. More about this in one of the future videos.
Secondly, they introduced a public Beta. If you go to your CC app on the left side you’ll see Beta Apps. That will allow you to test new features, and report your findings to Adobe. As more people will now test new releases before they are finalized, future stability should only be better.
In my opinion a very good move.
Let me know what are your thoughts about this release!