Stock upgrades

Updates for the Adobe Creative Cloud video and audio app and Adobe Stock in Premiere Pro

Adobe today announced a new update to its Creative Cloud video and audio applications. Perhaps the most important of the new features is the new Adobe Stock audio integration in Premiere Pro. Additional updates include performance improvements regarding load times for Premiere Pro and After Effects, improved support for linking offline files in Audition, support for Apple Afterburner, and support for the new camera format. Adobe is also testing several new features that are coming soon: Roto Brush 2 in After Effects, Scene Edit Detection in Premiere Pro, and an effects panel in Premiere Rush with Auto Reframe, Pan, and Zoom.

Adobe last month updated its Creative Cloud video and audio apps with ProRes RAW support and hardware GPU acceleration, among other new features. For more information on the Adobe CC May 2020 Update, you can read our article on the topic.

Today, Adobe released another (slightly smaller) update targeting its video and audio apps (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, and Premiere Rush). What’s new?

Adobe Stock Audio in Premiere Pro

The latest version of Premiere Pro introduces Adobe Stock Audio, a new integration that I find really useful and saves a lot of time. It’s a new panel that should make it easier and faster to find and add music to a video project. It works similar to the Adobe Stock panel with graphics, footage, etc.

Adobe Stock Audio added music tracks from providers like Epidemic Sound and Jamendo. The new panel allows users to search, preview, and license audio tracks within the editorial workflow.

  • Search: According to Adobe, there are thousands of music tracks that can be searched based on mood, genre, tempo, and duration.
  • Preview: With timeline synchronization (built into the Essential sound panel), it’s possible to quickly sample different music tracks while editing.
  • Edit: Users can edit the project with preview audio files without watermarks and then only license the music they want to use.
  • Licensing: Chosen music tracks can be licensed directly from the Essential Sound panel or from the Project panel. Licensed audio automatically replaces preview files with the high-quality version.

New Adobe Sensei features are coming soon.

Along with today’s announcement, Adobe also introduced some new features based on Adobe Sensei: Adobe’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithm systems. The following features will also be available soon:

  • Scene Edit Detection in Premiere Pro: Scene Edit Detection automatically adds cuts or markers at each edit point, turning rendered files into editable timelines and allowing clip-level alterations like color correction or reframing. According to Adobe, unlike existing histogram-based solutions, this new technology in Premiere Pro was created using machine learning.

  • Roto Brush 2 in After Effects: Originally introduced as Project Fast Mask, this tool used for rotoscoping can generate more accurate mattes by separating foreground and background elements in video sequences. Tracks the object automatically, without the need for frame-by-frame manual rotoscoping.

Motion effects and transitions in Premiere Rush

This year’s Premiere Rush update adds an Effects Panel with Auto Reframe, transitions, and Pan and Zoom.

Auto Reframe is designed to save time when working on a project where files have different aspect ratios. Adobe Sensei automatically reframes films and creates projects in various aspect ratios (landscape, portrait, square, 4×5, etc.) for multiple platforms. When you import clips, Premiere Rush automatically detects their aspect ratios. If the video clips have different aspect ratios, you can select the desired output aspect ratio for the video and apply auto-reframe to all clips.

According to Adobe, it will identify the point of interest in the frame and track it throughout the reframed video. “Adjust Framing” and “Motion Tracking” allow users to alter Auto Reframe’s framing and video tracking speed.

In the new Pan and Zoom effects panel, you can automatically animate still photos by adding movement to them. Users can set the animation’s in and out points by focusing the frames and dragging them to where they want the clip.

Price and availability

Adobe’s latest audio and video applications are available separately or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud (subscription-based). You can find more information about pricing here.

Do you use Adobe Creative Cloud apps to get your work done? What do you think about the new update? Tell us in the comments below the article.

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