Adobe Premiere CC Update, Handling Software Issues and More – An Interview With Adobe’s Bill Roberts

October 18th, 2017

The Adobe Premiere CC 2017 update was just officially released, so we’re taking the opportunity to publish our recent exclusive interview with Bill Roberts, Adobe senior director of professional video product management. We discuss some of the new features in Premiere CC, as well as some interesting insights about the inner workings of Adobe’s software development.

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Bill Roberts, Adobe senior director of professional video product management

New Premiere CC Features

1) Collaboration, aka Team Projects

The cloud collaboration engine and the accompanying team projects feature enter version 1.0. With this set of tools, it becomes more convenient when working together on a project. Also a personal undo stack is now part of the project’s history. You can step through each and every creative decision you’ve made along the way and undo anything you need.

Muliple open projects are finally possible with this version of Premiere CC. You can have as many open projects as you like at the same time, and it’s also possible to move objects between these open projects. This one was a big feature request from FCP7 users.

As part of Adobe’s efforts to accommodate the needs of Hollywood’s editing workflows, you can now lock projects while working on them. They will then be read-only for the rest of your collaborative team. Once finished, you can release them again, so you can think of it as a kind of serial collaborative mode.

2) Virtual Reality / 360°

Adobe has aquired the technology behind the Skybox suite by mettle. This technology has been merged into Premiere Pro CC, with mettle founder Chris Bobotis having taken on the role of head of immersive at Adobe. As a first result, Adobe has launched its so-called immersive environment. With it you can view your content using a VR headset, but now your timeline will be displayed right within it as an overlay, letting you check the final result while interacting with it.

3) Other Features

A lot of minor features have been added or updated, such as enhanced motion graphic templates. As with every new release, a lot of other details have been improved too. One feature that stands out here is the ability to remove all gaps in the current timeline with the press of a single button. Yay!

Timeline of Features at Adobe

In the second part of our interview, Bill was kind enough to share some interesting insights about the inner workings of Adobe’s software development.

Bill’s job is to define the longer term (i.e. 3 to 4 years) goals for the product. Meetings will then be set up with the specific teams of the given product or feature. These teams basically work on a never-ending list of to do’s which is mainly driven by customer requests.

The team then tries to distill several milestones for that year’s release cycle. For example, for the last 8 years, Adobe was pushing hard on broadcast. The last two years were a little bit more focused around the needs of big-budget Hollywood productions, which can require quite different workflows from indie film productions.

Handling Software Issues

Adobe, like any other software company, works hard on eliminating bugs and stability issues with every release cycle. Each feature of Adobe’s products is tested by both an automated machine process and a human person (a lot of them, actually). And of course Adobe gathers data from incoming crash reports, which help them identify specific crash scenarios. It really is quite challenging to build an editing software that is compatible with every computer setup it’s running on and with every camera-specific data format out there.

Premiere CCWhile it doesn’t help to cheer you up whenever a crash wipes out your unsaved work, it’s still good to hear that, according to Bill, the crash rate has been going down with each release cycle. Also it’s good to see that people like Bill keep an eye out for problems and issues on social media or even here, on cinema5D! That way customers have a real face to talk to, which I think makes a big difference.

The Future is Video

As per a recent blog post by Cisco Systems, over 82% of IP-based internet traffic will be driven by video by 2020. Of course, a big chunk of this will be unprocessed streams like conference calls and such, but video is still undoubtedly on the fast lane. Companies like Adobe, Blackmagic Design, Apple and others are working hard to increase their market share in this segment. This creates competition, which is good for us customers, and promotes innovation in general, so keep creating and keep that feedback coming!

Links: Adobe.com

What are your experiences with Adobe’s set of editing tools? Not an Adobe user? Which editing software do you use? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ahmad Jamshidi
Ahmad Jamshidi
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May be too busy for counting the money ? and they forgotten about us .

Sean Kenney
Sean Kenney
GuestOctober 18th, 2017

So more people asked for the ability to edit 360 degree video than people asking for bug fixes? We’ve been dealing with the same bugs for years, meanwhile they give us new features that most of us will never use. Is Adobe taking a page out of Canon’s playbook? Keep your customers “marginally satisfied” so that they don’t switch to another company. Sony and Panasonic have taken a lot of former Canon shooters, and I predict that Apple & Black Magic Design will start taking more frustrated Premiere Pro customers. Sorry for the rant; as a Premiere Pro user, I’ve been frustrated for a while now.

Kevin Alexander
Kevin Alexander
GuestOctober 18th, 2017

There is one bug that I am fed up with. I tend to have a lot of render files disappear. When I render my previews, at some point later on those previews disappear, and the bar at the top of the sequence goes from green back to red or yellow. It used to happen to me only when I was dealing with a dynamically linked comp from AE, but now it happens to virtually any clip in my sequence.

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
MemberOctober 23rd, 2017

AMEN.

Adobe keeps troweling out gimmicky junk, while critical functions don’t work or are missing entirely.

There’s still no way to relink footage in Premiere. It’s mind-boggling: You edit your project, gather up all the source clips you used (which Premiere will do for you), color-correct them in the application of your choice (Resolve), and render out the corrected versions with the same filenames to a new directory.

Then you just relink your project’s footage to the directory full of color-corrected clips, right? NOPE.

This is basic, everyday functionality that’s bafflingly absent from Premiere. WTF?

Melvin Chong
Melvin Chong
GuestOctober 18th, 2017

Apparently Adobe thinks more useless features and bugs are more important than more stability.

Kevin Alexander
Kevin Alexander
GuestOctober 18th, 2017

Random question… His stats about crashes going down each cycle… Is that based on how many crash reports they receive? What if someone opts not to send a crash report? I’ll be honest, when I’m in the middle of a project running up against a deadline, and Premiere crashes, the last thing I’m thinking about is submitting a crash report. I often don’t take the time to submit a report, and type any description of the problem. I am too focused on getting my project opened up quickly so I can meet my deadline.

 Mark Boardman
Mark Boardman
MemberOctober 18th, 2017

I totally agree with all the above. Please Adobe, concentrate on releasing a version with better stability. Many numerous crashes
during renders and other bugs makes for an unpleasant experience. I no longer submit reports or even bother with the Adobe forum responses. I’m too busy trying to reboot and get the project back online. I have 30 years of experience editing on many systems and this is beginning to remind me of the old Avid 1.1 days.
If Adobe can provide a solid After Effects program then why can’t it provide a stable Editing program. Please don’t ask me to give you my machine specs, system OS X and editing scenarios. Been there, done that.

 Misha Engel
Misha Engel
MemberOctober 18th, 2017

For video I switched over to BMD Resolve and Fusion. Waiting for the next version of GIMP so I can also dump Photoshop. All the software I need for less then $600.
I don’t need Adobe anymore to crash my computer, I just watch youtube video’s about BSOD to remember the bad old days.

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
MemberOctober 23rd, 2017

Resolve sucks ass for editing, despite BMD trying to push it. Talk about a bug-riddled mess.

Ollie Kenchington
MemberOctober 18th, 2017

The honeymoon is definitely over with Premiere. People are becoming more vocal about the persistent stability problems it’s had for a long time. My fear is that Premiere has a lot of very old code under the hood, and rotten code can only be varnished over for so long. When FCP7 was in the same sorry state, Apple were big and ugly enough to just cut their losses and re-build FCP from scratch. Yes the bungled re-launch cost them dearly, but at least it is now a modern programme, with efficient, streamlined code at it’s core, that means it hardly ever crashes and is very fast to work with (rendering, exporting, analysis etc).

 Andrew Brady
Andrew Brady
MemberOctober 19th, 2017

Used to have problems with Premiere and compressed video codecs and still do. That being said, been smooth sailing for the most part on a trashcan Mac Pro, 2014? MBP, and two Mac Pro towers once I increased the bandwidth in regards to RAID speed, SSD caches, and changed my workflow to all ProRes. I see a lot of editors having meltdowns on social media targeting Adobe, then take a look at their machine and what they’re trying to playback and facepalm/laugh.

The only time in my life that I’ve been able to work efficiently and only using compressed footage is when I was a video journalist cutting on FCPX. Knowing what I know now about FCPX, Apple, and the way their software and hardware integrate, that’s not a surprise and I think Apple is always going to have a leg up on the other NLEs in that regard. Resolve does OK handling compressed files and the GPU acceleration is great but there are still some stability quirks that keep me from making the jump from Premiere to Resolve full time.

sam broggs
sam broggs
MemberOctober 19th, 2017

Now that prelude is gone, there is no simple way to log footage on the fly using only the keyboard. Logging 30 hrs of footage and stopping playback while editing markers is really a pain in the ass…

Manfred Selwyn Baulig
Manfred Selwyn Baulig
GuestOctober 20th, 2017

as I mentioned on youtube: WHERE IS TIMECODE BATCH SYNC!!!???
so important for features and a lot of other stuff with audio.

Dennis L. Sørensen
Dennis L. Sørensen
GuestOctober 20th, 2017

Can we please get support for Blackmagic Design compressed CinemaDNG raw 3:1 and 4:1… PLEASE!

It should not be that hard as Adobe made the DNG format and the CinemaDNG format in 2009. :) Just look in your archives.. maybe there’s some notes.

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
MemberOctober 23rd, 2017

Ha ha ha!

Wow, they don’t even have CinemaDNG support in their own product?

But why should we be surprised? You can’t import EPS files either. That’s right: Premiere doesn’t support Adobe’s own vector format, so you can’t scale graphics independent of resolution.

Sad.

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
MemberOctober 23rd, 2017

Or really?

Have they fixed the embarrassing new titling tool? What are they calling this mess again, “essential graphics” or something.

It is a UI disaster that has inspired epic complaint threads in their forum. You look at things like this and ask how anyone could think the design made sense.

It’s not just bad design, but also failure to complete simple implementation details like PUTTING LABELS ON FIELDS. How do you “forget” this after decades of standards, examples, and hell.. being in the business?

Jimmy Gilmore
Jimmy Gilmore
MemberOctober 25th, 2017

Stability has always been an issue with Premier but unfortunately what are the serious alternatives? Avid is more expensive and only better if you’re a very large organization. FCPX, don’t get me started. Resolve is not there yet. I almost long for the days of FCP7 but it wasn’t really that stable either and all that transcoding was a drag.

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