Premiere Pro CC 2017.1 (Spring) User Review

What Editors Are Saying About the New Features in the Premiere Pro CC 2017.1 (Spring) Update

The Spring update to Premiere Pro CC 2017 effectively changed the way editors work with graphics and audio in Premiere Pro CC. Here are some reactions to the new Type tool, Essential Graphics panel, Motion Graphics Templates, Essential Sound panel, and MUCH MORE. See if you agree with your Premiere Pro CC peers.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in the Tweets below belong to those who Tweeted them, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Premiere Bro.


Type Tool

The new Type tool in Premiere Pro CC 2017.1 is now part of the main interface alongside the other editing tools. Editors can select the Type and Pen tools and create text and shapes directly on their footage in the Program monitor. Most Premiere Pro users are loving this update.

Seriously, who is going to complain about the simplicity of creating text right in the Program monitor? Not many. But there are a couple little things Premiere Pro users would like to see added.

You'd be surprised at how many users didn't realize the text workflow has changed in Premiere Pro CC. But you can't really blame them; it was pretty jarring to have the "Title..." option removed from the New Item menu in the Project panel.

Essential Graphics Panel

The new Essential Graphics panel is now the primary place for designing titles and motion graphics in Premiere Pro CC. Editors can create and adjust titles, as well as customize the new Motion Graphics Templates from After Effects CC in a single panel. Read this post if you want to learn how to create titles and graphics with the Essential Graphics panel.

Very few Premiere Pro CC users have anything negative to say about the Essential Graphics panel. Then, there's this one:

Motion Graphics Templates

Motion Graphics Templates replace Live Text Templates as the new motion graphics workflow between After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC. Motion Graphics Templates are editable in Premiere Pro CC by dragging properties from the composition to the new Essential Graphics panel in After Effects CC. Click here to learn about the Motion Graphics Template workflow in After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC.

For those who don't know Taran Van Hemert, the Tweet below is no small compliment.

Since we're talking about Taran, he also pointed out the Legacy Title Designer is still accessible in Premiere Pro CC 2017.1.

Lumetri Color Panel Corrected for Overbrights

A major frustration with the Lumetri Color panel was the way it handled (or didn't handle) overbrights - bright whites around 100 IRE and above. Premiere Pro CC users aware of this issue are relieved it has been corrected in the 2017 Spring update.

Batch Edit Captions

In previous versions of Premiere Pro CC, making styles changes was limited to one caption at a time. Users are thrilled to be able to select and edit multiple captions in the Captions panel in Premiere Pro CC 2017.1.

True Background Encoding

Many NLEs have background encoding but the reality is those processes are paused to prioritize real-time playback. Premiere Pro CC 2017.1 has an option under Playback Preferences that enables true background encoding.

Default Set to Frame Size Preference

Also under Preferences, Premiere Pro CC 2017.1 allows users to make "Set to Frame Size" the default when adding footage that doesn't match the sequence settings.

Enhance Interchange with Audition CC

The continued integration between the Adobe Creative Cloud video and audio applications Learn more about Premiere Pro CC 2017.1's enhance interchange with Audition CC.

New Audio Effects

Lots of love for the new audio effects in Premiere Pro CC 2017.1 brought over from Audition CC. Click here for the full list of new audio effects in Premiere Pro CC 2017.1.

Ambisonics Audio VR Support

Adobe continues to be the leading NLE in supporting VR and 360° video creators. Premiere Pro CC 2017.1 integrates Ambisonics Audio for full-sphere surround sound mixing. Learn more about assembling Ambisonics Audio.

Apple MacBook TouchBar Support

Those Premiere Pro CC users who have the latest MacBook Pro and Microsoft Surface are enjoying new TouchBar and Dial support.

Auto Media Cache Clean

You can now Premiere Pro CC automatically delete Media Cache files depending on how old they are or how big the cache folder is.

Not comfortable with Premiere Pro CC automatically deleting files? You're not the only one.

Open Previous Version Projects

Apparently, there's been issues opening projects from previous versions in Premiere Pro CC 2017.1. Luckily, there's a fix.

GH5 Footage Issue

Evidently there Premiere Pro CC 2017.1 has an issue playing back 10-bit footage from the Panasonic GH5.

While the GH5 footage issue a valid complaint, this particular article by Cinema5D got some blowback from some well-known Premiere Pro CC users.

Premiere Pro CC 2017.1 (Spring) Summary

It's a daunting task for software companies like Adobe to continue innovating their products knowing not all of their customers are going to be happy. It's inevitable that some Premiere Pro CC users are going to be disappointed when things change.

On the other hand, being a Premiere Pro CC user is anything but dull. Adobe's unprecedented rate of new feature releases makes Premiere Pro CC the industry leading NLE. The 2017 Spring update fundamentally changed graphic and audio workflows in Premiere Pro CC, and Premiere Bro is not alone in thinking it's for the better.


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Do you agree with these Premiere Pro CC users? Don't forget you can reply directly to the Tweets in this post. If you have an opinion on the new features in Premiere Pro CC 2017.1, please share it in the comments below!