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3 April 2019

As broadcasters gather for the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Adobe has released updates to the video and audio applications in its Creative Cloud suite. Updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition and Character Animator, among others, are available now to Creative Cloud subscribers.

Adobe Video & Audio. Performance, stability and innovation are the themes in 2019.

"Video is experiencing a golden age as video professionals across broadcast, film, streaming services and digital marketing are facing higher consumer demand for content creation. Meanwhile production timelines are shorter and the list of deliverables are longer," said Steven Warner, Adobe vice president of digital video and audio. "Through optimized performance and intelligent new features powered by Adobe Sensei, video professionals can cut out more tedious production tasks to focus on their creative vision."


We attended a briefing recently in which the various product managers showed off the newest features of their applications. Here's a summary of what's new in each of them.

Adobe kicked things off by predicting the video produced in a week by 2021 would take an individual 60 years to watch. The company's focus is on improving performance and stability while providing innovation to make life easier for producers as demands ramp up.


Adobe's video editing application Premiere Pro gained some important new tools that have been around in other Adobe applications for a while. And some significant performance enhancements, Francis Crossman added. Together, they will greatly speed production.

  • Content-Aware Fill: First introduced in Photoshop, Content-Aware Fill is finally coming to Premiere. Advanced algorithms analyze background content and use it to automate the process of removing elements, such as logos, shadows, or boom mics from your video clips in 3D. The demo was impressive to watch even if the repairs weren't perfect. They save a lot of time.

Content-Aware Fill. Now available for video editing.

  • Freeform Project Panel: You can now organize your projects by laying out your media thumbnails in any way that makes sense to you. And that can extend even as far as actually storyboarding your clips. You can then build assembly edits from the layouts. Again the demo was impressive.

Freeform Project Panel. Group as you like.

  • Streamlined Titling and Motion Graphics: Rules and guides finally make it into Premiere so you can align graphics across media and even applications.
  • View Menu: A dedicated View menu consolidates Program Monitor commands and new commands for Guides and accessing or saving Guide Templates.
  • Improved Text Tools. Titles can be enhanced with new options for multiple strokes and stroke styling. Masks and background fills are also available. And free Adobe Fonts can be synced automatically.

Stroke Styling. More elaborate font styling.

  • Auto Ducking for Ambience. Auto Ducking uses Adobe Sensei technology to detect speech and automatically adjust the volume of ambient sounds below dialog, music or sound effects. Adjustments are keyframed so you can fine-tune your mix.
  • Performance Improvements. Mask Tracking is significantly faster, even at high resolutions. Hardware encoding for H.264 and HEVC is improved for smoother playback and Metal acceleration improves playback for RED footage. Better load-balancing for multiple GPUs, including eGPUs, provides faster rendering and exporting, especially with professional codecs, like Apple ProRes, RED and others. A new System Compatibility Report utility checks for known issues, such as out-of- date graphics drivers to help ensure reliable performance.


Adobe's visual effects application After Effects gains a few of the same advances as Premiere plus a few unique to itself, Victoria Nece noted.

  • Content-Aware Fill: Content-Aware Fill powered by Adobe Sensei, the company's machine learning and artificial intelligence engine, replaces masked objects, shadows or blemishes with backgrounds generated from adjacent pixels and other frames in the clip. Using optical flow and 3D tracking, Content-Aware Fill estimates motion and depth of the masked object to intelligently assemble a replacement background. For complex shots, you can refine your results with reference frames edited in Photoshop.
  • Expressions Editor. After Effects includes Expressions Editor, a full-featured code editor for writing snippes of JavaScript linking properties for dynamic animations without having to create keyframes. It features syntax highlighting, line numbers, matching braces and code folding as well as in-line error message that make debugging quicker.
  • Shared Guide Templates: You can now save Guide Templates in After Effects and share them with editors for use in Premiere Pro.
  • Performance Improvement: Rendering is accelerated when applying GPU effects like Roughen Edges and Change Color, both of which now support 16- and 32-bit color. Syncing for Adobe Fonts in After Effects and for Motion Graphics templates is now automatic. Complex Team Projects now load faster and offer improved workflows between Premiere Pro and After Effects. Support for Sony VENICE v3 has been added as well as improved hardware decoding for H.264 and HEVC.


Sound production is handled by Audition, which now features full Punch and Roll recording, Auto Ducking for Ambience and workflow refinements. Durin Gleaves demoed the improvements.

  • Punch & Roll Recording: New Punch and Roll recording provides production workflows in both Waveform and Multitrack for long-form voiceovers and narration. Use it to accurately punch in replacement audio and continue recording a performance without interrupting your flow. An adjustable pre-roll, to match the cadence of your original recording and visual countdown indicator achieve great results whether you are recording in a vocal booth or sitting at your workstation.

Punch & Roll. Multiple takes made easier.

  • Auto Ducking for Ambience: Part of the Essential Sound panel, Auto Ducking uses Adobe Sensei to automatically adjust the volume of background tracks around foreground dialog or music. You tell Audition which audio clips you want the audience to focus on and Auto Ducking creates a mix. You can "set it and forget it" while it works in the background or manually adjust keyframes afterwards to fine-tune the final result.

Auto Ducking. Identify the ambient layer for auto ducking.

  • Workflow Refinements: Mix audio with greater precision. Manual keyframe value editing ensures your adjustments are exactly what you intend. Move clips between tracks without taking your hands from the keyboard with new shortcuts. A new Zoom to Selected Clips command gives you the option to instantly zoom in or out to see your whole selection.


This release of the company's performance-based animation tool is focused on streamlining the toolset, Sirr Less said. That includes better Puppet rigging and tagging, improved jaw movement and lip-synching, a new Twitch extension and more.

  • Improved Puppet Rigging: With better Puppet rigging you can apply behaviors, tag layers and search through puppet rigs. Apply attributes to single layers or any group of layers, simplifying the setup for complex puppets that allow for more nuanced performances. A new search filter makes it easy to locate layers and behaviors for improved efficiency. An improved visual interface for adding tags within the Puppet panel makes it faster and more intuitive to designate layers and layer groups as mouths, eyes, etc. without relying on perfect layer naming. A new option to Swap Left & Right Tags makes it easier to modify puppet designs. You can now copy and paste handles from one layer to another layer on the same puppet for perfectly aligned magnets.

Puppet Rigging. Better layer management.

  • Improved Jaw Movement, Lip Sync: Now a character's jaw can automatically move with their lip-synched, editable mouth visemes. Compute nutcracker jaw movement from scene audio; the power of Adobe Sensei generates better automatic lip-sync, by reducing the impact of noisy audio.
  • New Twitch Extension: The new Character Trigger extension for Twitch allows your audience to trigger on-the-fly costume changes, impromptu dance moves or signature gestures and poses. You can engage your viewers, while adding interactivity and monetization to your Twitch channel.
  • Characterized Workflow Improvements: Characterizer is an Adobe Sensei feature that turns artwork into puppets you can animate in Character Animator. Characterizer now offers a faster user interface, three new styles and better final results as a result of the power of Adobe Sensei.


The new features are now available with the latest version of Creative Cloud. For more information on pricing, visit the Adobe Plans page. Multiple subscription plans for Adobe Stock are available on the Adobe Stock page.

For more information see the news release below.

Adobe Leads with Innovation and Performance at NAB 2019

Latest Video Release in Creative Cloud Brings Added Creative Power, Enhanced Workflows and Increased Performance

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Ahead of the NAB Show, Adobe has announced performance updates and new innovations for video and audio tools in Adobe Creative Cloud to improve efficiency in video production. From a wide range of film, TV, broadcast and streaming projects including Dolemite is My Name, Peanut Butter Falcon, Mindhunter 2, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, Last Black Man in San Francisco, VICE Media and Fox Sports, Adobe Creative Cloud powers the world's best video apps and services by providing the most integrated product worfklows.

Available today, new features include ground-breaking Content-Aware Fill for video, powered by Adobe Sensei, the company's artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, along with new capabilities for titles and graphics, crafting animations, refining audio mixing and organizing and preparing project media. Some of the hundreds of perfomance improvements include faster Mask Tracking for effects and color workflows, dual GPU optimization and improved hardware acceleration for HEVC and H.264 formats in Premiere Pro. In After Effects, enhancements include GPU-accelerated effects, such as Change Color and Roughen Edges.

"Video is experiencing a golden age as video professionals across broadcast, film, streaming services and digital marketing are facing higher consumer demand for content creation. Meanwhile production timelines are shorter and the list of deliverables are longer," said Steven Warner, Vice President of Digital Video and Audio at Adobe. "Through optimized performance and intelligent new features powered by Adobe Sensei, video professionals can cut out more tedious production tasks to focus on their creative vision."

Smarter Tools for Richer Storytelling

Attendees at this year's NAB Show can get a closer look at the newly available features and hear from industry experts at the Adobe booth (#SL5610, South Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center) and at over 100 partner booths from April 8 -- 11. Tune-in to Facebook Live with Jason Levine on April 4 at 9 a.m. PST to hear about what's new.

New features in today's release enable users to:

  • Remove unwanted objects automatically with Content-Aware Fill in After Effects: Formerly Project Cloak, Content-Aware Fill for video is powered by Adobe Sensei and automates the process of removing visual elements like boom mics, signs, logos and even people from footage, saving hours of tedious manual work.
  • Organize and storyboard your media in the Freeform Project panel in Premiere Pro: Arrange assets visually and save layouts for shot selects, production tasks, brainstorming story ideas and assembly edits.
  • Design with precision and consistency with Rulers and Guides: Work with familiar Adobe design tools inside Premiere Pro, making it easier to align titling, animate effects and ensure consistency across deliverables.
  • Polish audio easily and efficiently with Punch and Roll in Audition: The new feature provides efficient production workflows in both Waveform and Multitrack for longform recording, including voiceover and audiobook creators.
  • Surprise viewers with Twitch Live-Streaming Triggers in Character Animator: Livestream performances are enhanced where audiences engage with characters in real-time with on-the-fly costume changes, impromptu dance moves and signature gestures and poses.
  • Generate an audio mix with Auto Ducking for ambient sound in Audition and Premiere Pro: Powered by Adobe Sensei, Auto Ducking now allows for dynamic adjustments to ambient sounds against spoken dialog. Keyframed adjustments can be manually fine-tuned to retain creative control over a mix.
  • Add visual variety: Adobe Stock now offers an extensive collection of 10 million professional-quality, curated, royalty free HD and 4K video footage and Motion Graphics templates from leading agencies and independent editors to use for editorial content, establishing shots or filling gaps in a project.
  • From shoot to showtime: Premiere Rush, introduced late last year, offers an efficient mobile-to-desktop workflow integrated with Premiere Pro for on-the-go editing and video assembly.

Pricing and Availability

The new features for Adobe Creative Cloud announced at NAB are now available with the latest version of Creative Cloud. For more information on pricing, visit Multiple subscription plans for Adobe Stock are available at

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