Now that the 2015 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 17th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new or exciting that I saw. These are being released in no particular order.
Ok, so, Adobe Premiere isn’t new. BUT it has some cool new features, or at least upgrades to already existing features, that are more than worth talking about. On top of the usual effects and filters updates Adobe also revealed some powerful new color correction tools inside it’s editing program.
If you’ve tried doing color correction inside of previous versions of Premiere then you already know how horrible that process was, and if you’re not a colorist then SpeedGrade and Resolve could get a little confusing. Well, Adobe has vastly improved coloring inside Premiere: new 3-way wheels, easy slider controls, and new LUT support are going to save editors a ton of time and energy.
Basically, Adobe finally caught onto what the consumer wanted and integrated some of the same UI from Lightroom into Premiere’s coloring tools. By adding these new sliders users will be able to make adjustments to color much quicker; and the new LUT support will allow us to drop in a basic look and then further tweak as needed. Plus the redesign of the 3-way color correction wheels makes them actually usable.
As someone who’s not a colorist, Resolve can be a little daunting. Any major amount of color correction I’ll still need to use Resolve (or hire a colorist), but the upgrades mean that I can save time and energy not having to round trip between programs; which means I can be more effective as an editor.
Adobe was also showing off a prospective new app called Project Candy. Project Candy would allow users to map color ranges and lighting with their phone’s camera and create looks based off of it. So if you really like the lighting in a room you’re in, you can use it to create base coloring inside premiere. This wasn’t an official announcement, just Adobe seeing if there was enough interest in the app to actually develop it.
The new tools will be released with the next update (I was told roughly August) to Premiere CC, so if you’re already subscribed to CC it’ll be free with the subscription. If you’re an Adobe user and aren’t on CC, then get on it. All the information about Adobe’s new releases is up on their site.