Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 is out now. It has new features and services for more efficient, deeply collaborative video and audio workflows with Premiere Pro, After Effects, Character Animator, Audition, and more.
- Don’t update during a project. Stuff might break and some plug-ins that you depend on may not work. Like what, you ask? Red Giant has said that Universe won’t work yet with the update, nor will Automatic Duck Ximport AE. I’m sure updates will be coming very soon.
- Update all of your plug-ins. Many will have updates for CC 2015.3 compatibility. Keep your stuff up to date for fewer problems.
If you learn of any other plug-in incompatibilities, please let me know.
So, what is in the Adobe updates?
Here’s the barebones list, but there are TONS of videos on the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube Channel.
After Effects CC 2015.3 (13.8)
- After Effect has a Live 3D pipeline with the Cinema 4D Exporter for text and shapes, which looks super useful. To me, this seems like the coolest new feature. I saw this demoed at NAB and I can’t wait to use it.
- There are performance and stability improvements in After Effects. I hope this helps my issues with memory leaks with plug-ins! Maybe I should go ahead and update and find out. They’ve enhanced playback of audio and video with cached frames and synced audio too. There’s more to this so check out release notes.
- Support for formats like Apple ProRes on Windows has been added.
- Lumetri Color enhancements.
Premiere Pro CC 2015.3
Premiere Pro has new VR editing features, including a “field of view” mode so editors can see what viewers see. There are also new Lumetri Color Features.
Media Encoder 2015.3
Media Encoder has a media preview and new media management presets.
Character Animator (Preview 4)
Adobe has added lip-sync improvements and Auto-Blink and Motion Trigger features to make your characters look more natural and interesting.
They’ve added easier puppet tagging too. I just need to jump into Character Animator and play with it because it looks like so much fun.
Photoshop CC 2015.3
Photoshop is all about the fonts. It has a new font preview that lets you preview before you select a font. Now you can search for font names, as well. TypeKit has been better integrated into Photoshop a 2014 previous release.
Other new features are Content-Aware Crop and Face-Aware Liquify both sound very intriguing. They’ve also added performance enhancements to help Photoshop CC run more smoothly.
Quba HQ is giving away a Free After Effects color correction tool: QHQ Channel Splitter. It comes with a tutorial, presets, and actions! Quba Michalski explains, “Color grading using Curves, Levels and other RGB tools always felt quite counter-intuitive to me. That’s why I decided to create QHQ Channel Splitter – an After Effects script and Photoshop action for automatic splitting of the image/footage into discrete RGB or CMY channels. Channel Splitter can change the way you experiment with color correction as well as open a brand new way of color grading through changing the “inks” rather than the channel values.”
Below is a 38 minute tutorial explaining how to use the tool.
Read the Press Release at Toolfarm’s blog. It’s a huge update and there’s no sense in posting twice.
However, if you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s an excerpt from the Press Release about the video apps:
New features in the video apps include: Live Text Templates and Masking and Tracking – new integrations that leverage the power of Adobe After Effects CC inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Race through projects thanks to enhanced graphics performance in Premiere Pro; precise new keying effects in After Effects; a more flexible Direct Link color pipeline in Adobe SpeedGrade CC; and enhanced multi-track tools for audio work in Adobe Audition CC. Integration between apps has also been further improved to save time when working between Premiere Pro and After Effects or SpeedGrade.