Adobe releases its fourth upgrade to Premiere Pro CC

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Premiere Pro in action.
In action: Premiere Pro gains further enhancements. Picture: Adobe.
Adobe has updated its professional video applications, with its December update to its Creative Cloud suite, including to SpeedGrade, Prelude, Media Encoder and Premiere Pro. An upgrade to AfterEffects is due to be released shortly.

Some of the updates include XAVC format support for Media Encoder, performance enhancements and additional camera support for SpeedGrade. But the bulk of the changes are to Premiere Pro CC.

At the core, Adobe has improved OpenCL performance, possibly in order to boost Premiere Pro running on Apple’s new Mac Pro workstations, whose AMD GPUs use OpenCL.

File and video format support improvements include rendering AVCi100 Quicktime files to MXF-wrapped files, better playback performance for XAVC 60p at 4K, and better support for Panasonic’s AVC-Ultra format.

Adobe has made a series of improvements to the Voice-over recording function, and there are also tweaks to multicam support, including the ability to create presets for audio in multi-cam sessions. This should speed up multi-cam edits for where one camera or device always provides the master audio, such as for events.

Editors can also open multiple media browsers at once, including for multiple projects, and there are several other user interface improvements.

The upcoming improvements to AfterEffects will include improvements to scripting, to file outputs, and the ability to move user settings across to new versions of the software.

Adobe has said that its Creative Cloud suite now has more than one million members. Creative Cloud moves away from a one-off purchase of the software, and replaces that with a subscription package that includes updates.

So far, Adobe has released four updates to Premiere Pro CC in the six months since it was launched, as well as bundles for other creative pros.

Adobe is currently running a promotional offer aimed at stills photographers and other Photoshop users, which bundles Photoshop CC, Lightroom and 20GB of cloud storage, for £8.88 a month (including VAT) for anyone who signs up for a one-year plan before December 31, 2013.