Adobe unveils simpler video workflows and new beta features in Premiere Pro and After Effects

Aside from making Photoshop for iPad available to pre-order on the App Store ahead of its arrival next month, Photoshop maker Adobe today also updated its Premiere Pro and After Effects video apps with simpler streaming video workflows aimed at work-at-home crowds.

Premiere Pro updates

The updates to Premiere Pro include AI-powered scene edit detection and HDR for Broadcasters, as well as performance improvements for Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition.

  • Scene Edit Detection allows editors to quickly find cuts in previously edited video, faster and more accurately, thanks to Adobe Sensei. The feature adds cuts and markers so that users can apply effects to individual shots and re-edit previously rendered content quickly and efficiently.
  • HDR for Broadcasters enables users to produce programming in Rec2100 HLG HDR for modern HDR broadcasting, including automatic color conversion, HDR scope support, color space overrides for incorrect metadata, and full color management for Apple ProRes and Sony XAVC Intra formats.
  • Quick Export (in public Beta) offers easy access to the most popular and frequently used export settings, right from the header bar in Premiere Pro. Editors can use the default, high-quality H.264 output with matched Source Settings or choose from a short list of H.264 presets that allow you reduce the size of your export files.

Here’s a video demonstration of the Scene Detection feature.

Character Animator will soon let you arrange selected takes on the timeline. You can download the Character Animator beta today or check out other new features in Adobe’s blog post.

Customers will appreciate improved performance across these apps and tasks:

  • ProRes multicam performance in Premiere Pro can support up to 2x more streams, accelerating editing workflows with this widely used format.
  • Coming shortly to After Effects, Channel effects are now GPU-accelerated, providing up to 1.65x faster performance. These include Minimax, Shift Channels, Set Channels and Channel Combine.
  • OpenEXR Previews for multipart and multichannel files are now up to 3x faster in After Effects (included in the August performance update for After Effects).
  • Faster Effects scanning for VST3 and Audio Unit (AU) plugins in Audition and Premiere Pro means faster launch times for users with third-party audio plugins. Effects scanning is up to 15x faster on macOS and up to 10x faster on Windows.

Today’s release is available for download via the Creative Cloud desktop application, including both the release version and the public Beta.

Adobe also announced new features being beta tested:

Since launching earlier this year, growing numbers of users have been downloading beta builds of Adobe video apps, allowing them to explore new tools and provide feedback to the product teams. Today we are also revealing new features going into our public beta:

The After Effects beta has improved camera tools and a cool, new 3D Transform Gizmo and Premiere Pro beta lets users try out the new Quick Export function. Engagement in our public beta has exceeded expectations and user feedback has been invaluable as we continue to iterate features and fine-tune functionalities across our video products.

Here’s the Quick Export feature in action.

After Effects updates

Adobe is also modernizing 3D motion design in After Effects with several new features, such as 3D Transform Gizmos and revamped camera navigation tools:

  • 3D Transform Gizmos help users navigate a scene faster and more intuitively. Users can scale, position, and rotate layers with helpful guides that show how far a layer or object has been moved and how many degrees it has been rotated. Users also can switch between gizmo modes to focus on a single task and make precision adjustments efficiently.
  • Camera navigation tools are reimagined, giving artists an intuitive and flexible approach to navigate 3D spaces. The new default scene camera streamlines scene setup. Adding multiple cameras to a scene showcases various viewpoints: intuitively orbit, pan, and dolly around objects using customizable keyboard shortcuts.

Here’s a video demonstrating new ways ti manipulate 3D layers in After Effects.

These features are currently being tested in the After Effects public beta.

Pricing and availability

These updates are available free of charge as part of your Creative Cloud subscription.