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The Top Ten Reasons to Upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CC

In case you haven’t heard, Adobe has frozen development of its Creative Suite at version 6.0 (which the company will continue to sell and support, but not upgrade). Newer versions of the same products will be sold only under a monthly licensing arrangement via the Adobe Creative Cloud. Rather than being Premiere Pro CS7, or just CC7, Premiere Pro will now be known as Premiere Pro CC. As the title of this article suggests, here are the top ten reasons to upgrade to Premier Pro CC.


1. It’s New Code

One key reason to upgrade to any new program is that the code is new and upgraded since the previous version. Among other features with Premiere Pro, this means support for many more graphics cards and GPUs (compare the graphics cards supported by CS6 and CC). If you’re currently editing with a GPU that’s not supported under CS6 but is under CC, you’ll see a quantum leap in preview and rendering performance if you upgrade.

2. It’s the Creative Cloud

Check back in two weeks for a FAQs list on Adobe Creative Cloud, but here are some of the key benefits. First, you can expect a software refresh every 3 to 6 months, as opposed to the 12 to 18 month cycle for previous products. Each license gives you the ability to run the software on two computers (as before), which can be Mac or Windows, but it’s much easier to switch the licensed system. If you use the software on more than two computers, like I do, your life will get much easier. You can also save settings like keyboard shortcuts and workspaces to the Creative Cloud and easily share them among your licensed computers.


Creative Cloud makes it much easier to share your licenses over multiple computers.

3. There Are Many More Keyboard Shortcuts

Figure 2. New keyboard shortcuts for trim edits.

New keyboard shortcuts for trim edits.

The fastest way to edit is typically via keyboard shortcuts. Premiere Pro has always done a good job in this regard, particularly with selectable keyboard shortcut collections the emulate Final Cut Pro 7 and Avid editors. With Premiere Pro CC, you get a lot more keyboard driven functionality, including the ability to adjust the volume of clips on the timeline, and switch between ripple, roll, and regular trim edits for both clips on a single edit point.

Figure 3. Synching via audio tracks.

Synching via audio tracks.

4. Multicam Is Faster and Easier

Premiere Pro CC can sync files based upon the audio, which can be a huge timesaver for editors producing long videos from short DSLR clips (or a cost saver if you previously needed to buy a third-party solution). As with previous versions of Premiere Pro, you can mix footage with different frame rates and codecs in the same sequence.

5. Link Media Dialog Recovers Missing Files

All video projects involve multiple files that can go missing when you consolidate or archive project data, or simply rearrange folders on your hard drive. In previous versions, finding and linking lost files was a time-consuming manual process. Premiere Pro’s new Link dialog can search for files using customizable search parameters and recover multiple lost files at once. You’ll appreciate the functionality once you’ve lost — and then efficiently recovered — some project files.

6. Premiere Gains Mezzanine Codecs — Finally

While one of the traditional strengths of Adobe Premiere Pro has been its ability to edit most formats natively, one of its weaknesses has been its lack of a mezzanine codec. This is useful when outputting a high-quality version to edit in another program or when producing a file to send to a cloud or other encoding service. With Premiere Pro CC, you can export Apple ProRes when editing on a Mac OS 10.8 system, and you can import and export MXF-wrapped Avid DNxHD files on all Windows and Mac systems.

Figure 4. With Premiere Pro CC, you can access audio filters like these directly rather than having to send your audio clip to Audition.

With Premiere Pro CC, you can access audio filters like these directly rather than having to send your audio clip to Audition.

7. Audio Functionality Is Enhanced

Premiere Pro has an updated Audio Clip Mixer, simplifying keyframe- based audio adjustments. Adobe also incorporated many effects from its standalone audio editor, Audition, into Premiere Pro. If you’re used to sending audio to Audition to apply effects like the Multiband Compressor, this will save you a step.

8. Attribute Pasting Is Improved

Many projects involve effects and other adjustments that need to be applied to more than one clip. For example, often you’ll have to color correct all clips from a particular shoot exactly the same way. Previous versions of Premiere Elements allowed you to copy and paste such adjustments from one clip to another, but it was all or nothing; if you wanted to copy the color adjustment but not other effects, you were out of luck.

In Premiere Pro CC, you get the control shown here, which lets you pick and choose the effects and other attributes applied to the target clips. Like most of the new features discussed in this list, this improvement is evolutionary, not revolutionary, but it’s one that you’ll appreciate multiple times in most projects.

9. You Can Edit Closed Captions

Closed captions are a fact of life for many editors, and Premiere Pro CC can now import and edit closed captions. Though designed primarily to edit previously-captioned footage, you can use Premiere Pro CC to add captions in a pinch and adjust positioning or layout. Depending on the output format, you can export embedded captions or separate caption files.

10. You Can Apply SpeedGrade Grades and Looks to Your Clips

Figure 6. You can apply these canned Lumetri looks to your projects or create your own in SpeedGrade.

You can apply these canned Lumetri looks to your projects or create your own in SpeedGrade.

SpeedGrade is Adobe’s color grading solution, which is useful for advanced color correction and also as a tool for applying a consistent look to your clips. With previous versions of Creative Suite, you needed SpeedGrade to perform either function. With Premiere Pro CC, you can apply canned SpeedGrade color grades and looks to your clips via Lumetri Deep Color Engine technology and, if you have SpeedGrade, create your own looks and apply those as well. With adjustment layers, which Adobe added in CS6, you can easily apply a color grade or look to multiple clips. Just add the adjustment layer to a track on the timeline, drag the Lumetri look onto the adjustment layer, and Premiere Pro applies the look to all clips beneath the adjustment layer.



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