Week in Premiere 12/4/15

This Week in Premiere Pro

• Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 Release
• Premiere Pro Feature Film Workflows
• Google Doc Extension For Premiere Pro
• TONS Of Premiere Pro Tips And Tutorials


Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 Release

The big news this week is the release of Premiere Pro CC 2015.1. This update includes the much-anticipated Optical Flow time remapping, added support for UltraHD and HDR workflows, and many other new new features. Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 also comes with a long list of bug fixes, most notably official support for Mac OS X El Capitan, making it a highly recommended update. This Week in Premiere features several highlights and reviews, but a dedicated Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 score card will be published Tuesday, Decemeber 9th, one week from the release. Check out the Premiere Pro blog for lots of helpful posts pertaining to the new CC 2015.1 features.

First to Tweet Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 goes to @editblog. As far as can I tell, Scott Simmons was the first to share news of the update. Being a cornerstone of the postproduction Twitter community, it's not much of a surprise.

Here are two great summaries of the Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 release. Both talk about the main highlights of the update as well as some of the lesser advertised features that many Premiere Pro users are enjoying. You can also read The Unobjective Review of the New Features in Premiere Pro 2015.1 by Premiere Bro. 

Premiere Pro News

Naturally, the release of CC 2015.1 overshadows all other Premiere Pro news. But the truth is, there was a LOT of new Premiere Pro content shared this week. Leading off is a post about editing feature films with Premiere Pro (and other NLEs) by film editor and blogger, Jonny Elwyn. Focusing on project workflow, this post features the work of film editor Vashi Nedomansky and includes links to interviews detailing how and why Vashi edited such films as Sharknado 2 and The Grind in Premiere Pro.

EditShare, a media management and networked shared storage provider, shared this case study featuring VICE Germany and how they use EditShare together with Premiere Pro to quickly deliver content. It is a well-written piece that highlights Premiere Pro's power and flexibility when it comes to editing many different camera formats without the need to transcode.

Speaking of transcoding, Premiumbeat published this post, also written by Jonny Elwyn, also featuring Vashi Nedomansky.(Seeing a theme here? These guys are busy. You should follow them.) Several other film editors appear in this post which  discusses the pros and cons of transcoding in Premiere Pro and other NLEs. As seen earlier with VICE Germany, the absence of having to transcode is a huge deciding factor for editing in Premiere Pro. But if you read this post, you may see benefits for still transcoding your footage to a mezzanine format. 

When it comes to accelerating editing in Premiere Pro with keyboard shortcuts, Taran Van Hemert stands alone. If you follow Taran, you will know he has lately been promoting AutoHotKey, a macro and automation scripting tool for Windows. With it, he has created some truly innovative macro keyboard shortcuts for Premiere Pro. In this video, he shows off 12 shortcuts that will have Premiere Pro editors rushing to the Adobe Feature Request form. Sadly, this video does not end on a happy note. This Tweet is included in Week in Premiere strictly for the purpose of showing Premiere Pro's capabilities in conjunction with 3rd party software like AutoHotKey. It also serves as an inspiration for editors to create their own editing workflow solutions and to share them with the Premiere Pro community. This is something Taran has pioneered with keyboard shortcuts and will certainly be missed should he decide to move away from Premiere Pro.

Self-described as an "ex-programmer currently masquerading as some sort of video editor" Andy Mees shared his Premiere Pro extension which allows Google Docs to be opened within the Premiere Pro interface. Andy provides this incredible tool for free or donation and it is awesome! Ironicly, the release of Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 just days later, apparently interferes with the editing (typing text) functionality of Andy's Google Doc viewer. However, I was able to open and view Google Docs just fine after updating. Click here to download Andy's Google Doc viewer and for install instructions.

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Premiere Pro Puns

Funny stuff from the Premiere Pro user community...


Premiere Pro Tips

For his third appearance in this Week in PremiereVashi Nedomansky shares this robust Premiere Pro keyboard shortcut layout. This layout was created by Premiere Pro trainer and Emmy winning editor, Dylan Osborn. This is a custom keyboard shortcut layout designed especially for FCP7 switchers. It adds more Final Cut Pro commands than comes with Premiere Pro's default FCP keyboard shortcut layout. Even if you don't install it, there's nothing stopping you from stealing some of Dylan's well-thought arrangement. Thanks for sharing Dylan!

Documentary editor and producer, Shirley Thompson, shares a thorough account of her Premiere Pro project organization for her latest documentary Kū Kanaka: Stand Tall. Check out the bin labeling system that helped her keep track of all the media formats, typical of long-form documentaries. Even if you don't walk away with a new folder structure for your next edit project, Shirley's post will inspire you to be more intentional about media management and bin organization in Premiere Pro.

Editor and active Twitterer Kylee Peña shares this helpful point for users experiencing problems with Premiere Pro. Keep this in mind when submitting on the Adobe Bug Report form.


Premiere Pro Tutorials

Tobias of Surfaced Studio is a master of entertaining Premiere Pro and After Effects tutorials. This week he shared his latest masterpiece: How to Create & Animate Titles in Adobe Premiere Pro. Tobias gives this tutorial a 2-out-of-10 difficulty rating, so if you are not familiar with Premiere Pro's Title tools, this is a recommended place to start.

Just in time for Week in Premiere, Colin Smith of VideoRevealed shares this mixing frame rate tutorial with a special look at the new Optical Flow feature in Premiere Pro 2015.1. Just a quick definition: frame rate conversion occurs during playback and during export when clip and sequence frame rates do not match. First, Colin shows Premiere Pro's default Frame Sampling and Frame Blending modes for frame rate conversion. These usually don't provide professionally acceptable results and, in the past, Premiere Pro users had to use 3rd party software or jump into After Effects to perform quality frame rate conversions. Optical Flow finally provides a native and viable solution for frame rate conversion in Premiere Pro. Colin shows how Optical Flow interpolates "in-between" frames for smooth conversion. Optical Flow is not cure-all. The results can be amazing but, as Colin puts it, Optical Flow is an effect you have to babysit.

Earlier this week, Colin also shared a tutorial for creating subsequences in Premiere Pro. This feature came with the initial release of CC 2015. Not a lot people understand the difference between subsequences and nests. Thanks Colin for clarifying.

Part of the Adobe video pipeline is the ability to open Photoshop documents in Premiere Pro. Adobe certified instructor Navin Kulshreshtha walks us through the various Photoshop file import options. Very helpful if you are strictly a video editor and afraid of Photoshop.

Multicam editing is fun. Speaking as someone who only began trusting multicam workflows a year ago, it affords a higher level of interaction with the footage (and the story!) that is very satisfying as an editor. This post written by Neil Matsumoto via RocketStock provides lean and mean instructions for setting up a multicam edit in Premiere Pro. Definitely a valuable read if you're looking to jump into the multicam editing workflow.


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Sean Schools

Sean Schools is Premiere Bro, the Premiere Pro User Blog and Fansite, dedicated to enriching the Premiere Pro editing experience and user community. Sean is a Full Sail University alum and the award-winning video editor for JK Design, a New Jersey advertising agency.