The latest release of Adobe Premiere Pro includes a variety of updates to help further streamline your workflow and create better content, faster. If you’re Premiere Pro CC user, you’ll find speed improvements in the following areas: color correction and grading (Lumetri Color), audio repair (Essential Sound Panel), motion graphics templates (Essential Graphics Panel), and VR180.
Color Correction and Grading Updates
Lumetri Color Stacking
You can now have multiple instances of the Lumetri Color Panel applied to one clip. These instances exist as a dropdown at the top of the panel. Just select and choose the instance of the effect you want to apply to your selected video. Prior to this update, you had to go back and forth between the Effect Controls Panel and the Lumetri Color Panel to turn off different instances.
Selective Color Grading
Earlier this year, Adobe released a color-matching tool for Lumetri to speed up color correction between two camera angles. In addition to this, you’ll now find five new curves that allow you to create more nuanced corrections. For example, you can emphasize or subdue areas of your image (e.g. skin tones and sky colors). The new selective color gradings are broken into these five “pairing value” curves:
Hue vs. Sat: Adjust the saturation of any hue (color). Use this to correct and reduce saturation in skin tones.
Hue vs. Hue: Adjust the hue (color) of an existing hue (color) in your video image.
Hue vs. Luma: Adjust the luminance (brightness) of a color. Use this to quickly fine tune your image background separation.
Luma vs. Sat: Saturate or desaturate the bright areas of an image to bring in more detail.
Sat vs. Sat: This acts like vibrancy, saturating or desaturating areas of your image.
To improve audio repair in the Essential Sound Panel, Adobe licensed reduce-reverb and noise-reduction algorithms from sound-repair company Accusonus. These new Reduce Noise and Reduce Reverb sliders enable you to improve audio quality in seconds, compared to minutes and hours of work inside of Audition.
Reduce Noise Slider
By just moving a single slider right, you can remove unwanted background noises, such as hisses and hums, and you’ll be able to quiet down loud ambient noise. This new slider is far better that the previous Reduce Noise slider, which used an adaptive noise reduction technology that, frankly, just did not work well at all.
Reduce Reverb Slider
The Reduce Reverb slider will help you quickly remove unwanted echo from your videos. If you film your subject using a shotgun mic in a large space, you may have extra echo (reverb) that you want to remove — you can now use this slider to quickly remove it.
Motion Graphics Templates
Adobe’s Motion Graphics Templates (.mogrt files*) are quickly gaining popularity inside of Premiere Pro’s nearly one-year old Essential Graphics Panel. You can now buy or create your own .mogrts that you can import and keep inside Premiere’s Essential Graphics panel to use and modify within your videos. Mogrt files are simply making it easier for editors to access their frequently used lower thirds, transitions, and even motion elements within a few clicks.
New UI Groupings
Motion Graphics Templates (.mogrts) designed in After Effects now have a more streamlined look in Premiere Pro. You can now “group” together parameters making it easier for users of your templates to make quick edits.
After Effects .mogrt designers can now also enable the following text properties: font selection, font size, and faux styles.
If you work on a television show or in broadcast, you may have a list of names you need to use within the same animating lower-third graphic. To avoid typos and mistakes, you can now load in spreadsheets and easily choose a name from within the Essential Graphics Panel.
VR 180 Support
360 video editing in Premiere Pro CC is nothing new, but now you can also edit VR180 videos. VR180 is just half of 360 — hence half the work. The idea is that 180 is a more achievable medium for many social creators because it’s less space to edit and less stitching. This year alone, many VR companies launched new VR180 cameras, such as the Lenovo Mirage VR 180 photo/video camera and the KANDAO Qoocam.
In Premiere Pro, VR180 updates include:
- The ability to add spatial markers to your 180 video using a VR Headset
- New H.264 Performance boost (most VR files are in H.264 codec, so you will see far faster speed)
- VR180 plane-to-sphere effects
- Direct VR180 export support to YouTube and Facebook from Premiere Pro’s Media Export Panel
To see all these VR180 updates in action, check out Hugh Hou’s video from the CreatorUp YouTube channel.
Overall, these improvements are all making it easier for creators to make more professional-looking and sounding videos faster.
If you have any other new update requests for 2019, you can submit them using Adobe’s feature and bug request form. You can also keep up with other video editing/production trends and updates on my YouTube channel, and feel free to ask any questions below!
*Mogrt files can be lower thirds, transitions, elements, titles, logo reveals and more. Once in the Essential Graphics Panel, they can be easily edited to contain new content and transformed to match a brand.
Version 13.0 of Premiere Pro CC is available to download now through your Adobe Creative Cloud account.