Prior to the NAB show this weekend, Adobe released on Tuesday annual updates to Video-centric Creative Cloud Software Suite, which adds a number of enhancements to videographers, sound designers, and other creative professionals who rely on the company's tools.
Adobe is focusing on automation for time-consuming tasks and workflows with its 2018 extensions. At the same time, the leading functions for video, audio and graphics manipulation are extended.
"The demands and speed of creating video content reach a level we've never seen before, and the pressure of time on video professionals has never increased the need for powerful and efficient creative tools," said Steven Warner, vice president digital video and audio at Adobe. "Adobe video apps like Premiere Pro and After Effects give them the power to offer broadcasters, media companies, filmmakers, and creators, along with the services available in Creative Cloud, a complete ecosystem to bring their stories to the screen faster than ever . "  Starting with Premiere Pro CC, Adobe introduces a new color customization option with one click. Powered by the artificial intelligence of Adobe Sensei, Color Match provides editable color adjustments between two clips, allowing users to quickly compare and maintain a consistent look between shots. The feature also preserves the skin tone, an often difficult task in grading.
On the audio side, Premiere Pro CC now includes an automatic ducking feature that normalizes the music levels when other audio signals are detected. This tool, also supported by Adobe Sensei, makes it easy to mix dialogs and voice over a soundtrack. As with Color Match, Auto Ducking can be edited by the end user for ultimate control.
Finally, a new Learn panel provides easy access to tutorials that allow new users to take advantage of the video editing software.
Adobe Motion After Effects CC software adds a new Master Properties feature that allows users to apply individual effects to multiple versions of a composition. A new Advanced Puppet engine provides more organic deformations of graphical objects, while support for Adobe Immersive Environment simplifies VR 360-degree workflows.
Character Animator has been refined to streamline complex puppet and trigger behaviors. Users can drag items from the Puppet panel directly to the Triggers panel to create and edit behaviors.
Audition CC includes a number of enhancements, including better integration with Premiere Pro CC and improvements to mixing and editing multitrack recordings.
Collaboration tools in the Adobe software suite allow users to see when colleagues are online, while new badges display indicators when updates are made to a project.
The Adobe Creative Cloud plans start at $ 19.99 per month for individual apps like Premiere Pro CC, while access to all CC apps, including the photography software, is $ 49.99 per month ,