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  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015

Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Grading tools right inside Premiere Pro
  • Morph Edit helps trimming interviews without jump cuts
  • Lots of workflow and collaboration enhancements

Cons

  • No killer feature to entice people away from competitors

Key Features

  • Only available via Creative Cloud subscription
  • Color workspace with Lumetri Looks and grading
  • New Morph Edit transition
  • Enhanced collaboration tools
  • Further improved workflow and format support
  • Manufacturer: Adobe
  • Review Price: £17.15

What is Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015?

Premiere Pro CC 2015 is the most recent update to Adobe's flagship non-linear video editing package. Now that the software is exclusively available via the Creative Cloud service, updates are more incremental and there is less hoopla when a major new release arrives.

There have been a few sub-versions since I reviewed the first version of Premiere Pro CC, including improvements to the first release, and three iterations of the 2014 version. Here, I take a look at what's new in the 2015.0.2 release, aka 9.0.2.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 – Morph Cut and Colour Workflows

There aren't a whole lot of new effects in this version of Premiere Pro, but one in particular is garnering a fair bit of interest. The Morph Cut transition is designed for those times when you've shot a talking head but only have one usable camera angle, and not much B-roll for cutaways. So when it's necessary to reduce the interview length, you either end up with a jump cut or have to use a cross dissolve that is almost as bad.

Enter the Morph Cut. This analyses the background, so it can figure out which bit of the frame is the talking head, then blends the two clips together so there is a seamless flow from one section to the next. I tried this on a corporate video with a well lit, contrasting background and the result was surprisingly good, although there was some spurious mouth motion along the way. This didn't look out of place, and I can safely say I will be using this transition in interview work from now on.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015

Another significant area of enhancement is colour. Adobe acquired IRIDAS's excellent SpeedGrade around four years ago, and it has been part of the Creative Cloud offering since with CS6. However, for lots of jobs SpeedGrade is overkill, especially for a quick bit of grading. So Adobe has brought technologies from SpeedGrade and Lightroom into Premiere Pro. This is provided via a new Lumetri colour workspace.

This isn't so much a new filter effect but a whole toolbox inside Premiere Pro. The end results are still applied via the Lumetri colour filter, which has existed in some form since Premiere Pro CC first arrived. But there are now windows for Lumetri Scopes and Color adjustments. The Color workspace preset rearranges the Premiere Pro interface so the Lumetri Color settings window is on the right and the Scopes window is on the left.

You don't get sophisticated functions from SpeedGrade like the colour matching ability (which is a quite astounding feature). But you do get a whole bunch of Look presets; the ability to import external looks and LUTs in most of the popular formats; a selection of adjustments including sharpening, fading, vibrance and saturation; and tint colour wheels for shadows and highlights. So quite powerful grading is available without the need to leave the Premiere Pro interface, which will definitely make proper grading even more popular than it has already become.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 – Workspaces and Collaboration

Although Premiere Pro has had customisable workspaces for a while, with 2015 there is now a whole selection of these, the Color option being just one. There are also Assembly, Editing, Effects, Audio, and Metalogging layouts. All can be reconfigured and saved, and you can create your own as well. The Welcome screen you see when you first load the software has had a makeover, too, although you probably won't be spending a lot of time looking at that.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015

Collaborative working and the cloud are increasingly in vogue, and Adobe has been developing tools to leverage this for a few years now. More links with these facilities are now built into Premiere Pro CC. You don't get the full range of what can be stored in the Creative Cloud Libraries within Premiere Pro CC, however. Video assets aren't included, just Lumetri Looks, graphics, character styles and colours. You can create libraries of assets, synchronise them via Creative Cloud, and share them with collaborators so they appear right inside their own copy of Premiere Pro and can be used on their projects.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015

There is direct support for the Adobe Premiere Clip smartphone app, which lets you grab footage, perform some simple editing, and then sync to your Creative Cloud space. The footage and project file will then appear on your desktop system and can be edited further there. Dragging the XML file created to Premiere Pro CC imports the project and all associated clips. There's a direct link to the Adobe Stock service, too, and Adobe Anywhere collaboration system, although this requires an Enterprise-level account with associated server software.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 – Sundry New Features

One of the big strengths of all of Adobe's applications is their ability to exchange content without the need to render out. This has been further improved between Premiere Pro CC 2015 and Audition. You can now export to Audition with preview video streamed directly from the Premiere Pro engine via Dynamic Link, rather than having to wait for a preview render.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015

A small but potentially handy new feature is the Time Tuner facility in Adobe Media Encoder. In a broadcast environment where video sequences have to be a precise length, instead of re-editing a sequence manually to fit, this facility allows you to trim or add up to 10% to the duration automatically, by adding or removing frames at points of less action. I tried this with a corporate video that I recently completed, and export took much longer. I also found some very strange behaviour, with audio speeding up and disappearing entirely. So whilst this is a nice idea, it seems to need a bit more work before you can rely on it in a production environment.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015

There are plenty of smaller enhancements, too. You can now move the anchor point in the Program Monitor simply by dragging it. Items can be hidden in the Project panel, for a less cluttered listing. You can also sort clips via XMP data. If you load a sequence into the Source window and alter the in and out points, you can now create a subsequence directly from that. None of this is earth-shattering, but potentially useful at some point.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015

Every new version of a video editing application will include expanded file format support, because new formats seem to be arriving faster than PPI claims spam. In this version, there's Avid's DNxHD with compressed alpha (although the main format has been supported for ages), Canon XF-AVC (as used by the Canon XC10), Apple ProRes 4444XQ, JPEG 2000 MXF Op1a, and Panasonic 4K_HS.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015

The support for digital cinema formats has been enhanced as well. You can now gain access to the source settings for RED, ARRI, CinemaDNG, DPX, and Sony F65 files, allowing you to adjust how these are interpreted. This is controlled via the Master tab in the Effect Control panel. In the other direction, at long last Dolby 5.1 export is also supported, and you can export AAF files directly from Premiere Pro, with a reference video mixdown included and linked to automatically.

Should I buy Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015?

If you have a Creative Cloud subscription, you will already have Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, or at least the option to install it as part of your monthly payment. Conversely, there is no killer new feature here that will specifically lure users of other editing packages over who haven't been persuaded before. The new built-in grading toolset comes close, and the Morph Cut transition is a very welcome enhancement too, but on their own they are unlikely to sway your opinion.

However, Premiere Pro CC is already a pretty persuasive package. One of its biggest strengths remains the way it integrates with other Adobe applications, so you can (for example) export audio directly into Audition for powerful enhancement, and import title sequences directly from After Effects without having to render them out. Those who are serious about their video editing always have a favourite, from which it's hard to convince them to change. But Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 remains a serious contender with even more powerful features for the professional video editor.

Verdict

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 brings capable grading into the app itself, plus a host of small but useful enhancements.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 10
  • Performance 9
  • Usability 10
  • Value 8

Gareth Burleigh

November 5, 2015, 5:05 pm

I tried Premiere at CS6 and was a nightmare kept loosing codecs so working with Canon MXF was a chore and now I don't really want to get sucked into the CC subscription so have just stuck with FCP7 and X which is now very decent. Also been playing with Black Magics new Resolve and that is showing huge promise and best of all is free in its base package

Bugblatter

November 6, 2015, 1:30 am

You've said it's £17.15. It's actually £17.15 per month. Quite a difference, in fact the difference between me getting it and me not getting it.

Dr James Morris

December 18, 2015, 4:49 pm

I've not had any codec problems with CC, and I've used all kinds of file types with it.

Dr James Morris

December 18, 2015, 4:52 pm

Not quite sure what you mean. Adobe Premiere Pro has been exclusively available via monthly subscription for some years now.

Bugblatter

December 18, 2015, 8:29 pm

In which case you should say per month. I knew they'd gone subscription with Photoshop but I'd hoped that this was something you could still buy outright. The price is a key factor in a purchase decision; which is why you don't just bury it in the body of the review. I shouldn't have to read through the review to find out that the quoted price only buys me a month.

Dr James Morris

December 18, 2015, 8:40 pm

I think the site content management system won't let you do that. I'll ask the staff editorial team. It only lets you add numbers for prices - you can't add the words "per month". This could be an issue as more software goes subscription. That said, Premiere Pro has been subscription only for over two years now.

Bugblatter

December 18, 2015, 11:06 pm

Ahh ok, for a long time now the site has listed things as "Free/subscription" so I assumed it could handle subscriptions.

If you're assuming prior knowledge of the product licensing then that will only be a valid assumption for a subset of your readers.

Dr James Morris

December 19, 2015, 12:48 pm

Fair point. I'll ask the editors if there can be a facility for listing a subscription price. I'm a freelance, though, so just have to work with the content management system as it is!

Yogi Mw

February 2, 2016, 5:08 am

its uniq for video editng

Mahesh Walatara

June 9, 2016, 8:34 pm

Hows this compared to PowerDirector?

aj

July 27, 2016, 9:15 pm

hate it!! i was making my own video and i had about a 2 hour progress on it and it quits all of a sudden. I open it back up and everything is GONE!! I saved everything! Not worth the money.

Andrew St.Pierre White

August 19, 2016, 2:56 pm

As a professional film editor, Premier is great, but NOT for large projects because its so full of bugs. It can take more than two hours to open a large project. And it you have a cash, which happens, that's half a day gone. Every year Adobe change it, and every year something is fixed, and something else becomes a problem. Every update is a nightmare of days spent sorting stuff out to get a large project working again. When it works its great. But often it doesn't. If it wasn't for Photoshop and Indesign, I would not use Creative Suite. But I have grown to loath Premier Pro. I can't afford to buy other software because I need the other two.

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