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Adobe adds text-based editing to Premiere Pro

According to the company, Premiere Pro is the only professional editing software to incorporate text-based editing as it aims to make video editing as simple as copying and pasting text

Adobe has unveiled a number of innovations across its family of video applications, including AI-powered text-based video editing and automated colour tone-mapping capabilities in Premiere Pro.

According to the company, Premiere Pro is the only professional editing software to incorporate text-based editing as it aims to make video editing as simple as copying and pasting text.

The solution, which is powered by Adobe Sensei, automatically analyses and transcribes clips so editors, producers and assistants can copy and paste sentences into any order they want and instantly see them appear on the timeline. Transcripts can be searched in the transcript window to identify exact words and phrases.


Other key updates to Premiere Pro include

  • Automatic Tone Mapping and Log Colour Detection, which lets editors mix and match HDR footage from different sources into the same SDR project achieving consistent colour. Editors will no longer need to use look-up tables (LUTs) or manually balance footage.
  • Premiere Pro features significant “under-the-hood” improvements, including background auto save, system reset options and an​Effects Manager for plug-ins. GPU acceleration for AVC Intra and professional formats such as ARRI RAW, RED RAW, and Sony Venice V2, coupled with GPU accelerated video scopes, transitions, and title templates, make the editing experience faster and responsive so editors can now work with 8K footage in the timeline, said Adobe.
  • Collaborative editing enhancements include Sequence Locking, enabling active editors to lock a sequence so it becomes view-only for other editors, Presence Indicators provide visibility on who is working in shared projects, and Work While Offline allows editors to continue to work offline, then publish changes without overwriting others’ work when they return online. Included with Creative Cloud, support enables secure sharing, collaborative review and project management for Premiere Pro edits, including direct export, upload and Share for Review capabilities.
  • Premiere Pro also adds improved format support for RED V-Raptor X, ARRI Alexa 35 and Sony Venice v2 cameras; expanded Speech to Text support for Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish; GPU acceleration for debayering and transition effects; simpler track targeting; and the ability to export and render directly to Adobe Media Encoder.

New innovations in After Effects include:

  • A new Properties Panel which offers easy access to the most important animation settings in one panel. The Properties Panel is context-sensitive, automatically showing users the most important controls needed based on selections, cutting down on the time needed to navigate through the timeline and reducing the learning curve for new users, said Adobe.
  • New ACES and OpenColorIO maintain consistent colours when sharing assets with other post-production apps to help users create more predictable and photo-realistic images in less time and with less effort.
  • Additional new features deliver performance optimisations including faster timeline layer selection and multi-frame rendering of shapes – plus new keyboard shortcuts for Selectable Track Mattes. After Effects now helps users fix common issues without the need for IT expert assistance, including in-app troubleshooting for potential workflow issues, system performance optimisations, simple interfaces for enabling and disabling plug-ins and diagnostics to fix bottlenecks in caches and preferences.

Adobe is also launching a new Adobe Video Partner Program that provides a holistic, end-to-end approach across all Adobe video tools. The programme offers access to exclusive benefits, resource and solutions designed to help grow and develop our partners’ businesses as they evolve, said the company.

Over 400 global partners are now delivering solutions for Adobe customers, including chipmakers AMD, Intel and Nvidia; camera makers Canon, DJI, Nikon, RED and Sony; and technology providers ranging from AWS to Fraunhofer IIS and Microsoft. Newly announced integrations with FUJIFILM expand Adobe’s leading collaborative video review and approval platform to support end-to-end workflows for capturing, editing, reviewing and approving photos.