Adobe Premiere Pro CC Updates Interview – Stability Improved, Freeform Project & More

May 3rd, 2019

Adobe presented their new features and enhancements in the Creative Cloud applications during NAB 2019 in Las Vegas. We met up with Patrick Palmer from Adobe and talked a bit more about the updates and stability improvements in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Adobe released a rather large software update for their Creative Cloud applications prior to NAB 2019. In our interview during NAB, we only focused on the video editing software Adobe Premiere Pro. If you want to see all the new features and enhancements for all the other video-oriented applications (Adobe After effects, Adobe Audition, and Adobe Character Animator) make sure to check our main Adobe Creative Cloud updates article from April.

Patrick told us their team really focused on fixing the stability issues, which is a much-discussed topic when it comes to Adobe Premiere. As an example, Adobe introduced a built-in analysis tool, which can tell users if there is an old or problematic version of the GPU drivers which could potentially cause stability or other issues with Premiere. Updating the GPU drivers can often improve the GPU acceleration and overall editing speed when handling high resolution, high bitrate footage in Premiere.

We were also assured, that Adobe listens to their users and they take customer feedback seriously. They introduced the feedback platform called UserVoice one year ago and it proved to be very useful. One example is the new Adobe Premiere feature called Rulers and guides, which has been requested by many Premiere users and so Adobe decided to implement it in the new version. This new feature is even compatible and transferable between Premiere and After Effects.

Other new Premiere Pro feature is called Freeform Project. Its purpose is to help visually organize and storyboard the media and save layouts for shot selects. Having a form of an open canvas it should ease the process of brainstorming story ideas, and assembly edits. Clips in Freeform panel can have different sizes and color code and they can be stacked in groups which will make the editing process more visual.

Adobe further introduced improved Text tool for better workflow with fonts, faster mask tracking for Lumetri Color and effects with better GPU acceleration, better audio handling and more. Again, for a complete list of new Adobe Premiere Pro features and improvements, see our main Adobe Creative Cloud updates article from April.

All the new features are already available with the latest update in Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe has been usually releasing firmware updates twice a year, so we can expect the next one again sometime around IBC 2019. What would you like to see in the next Adobe Premiere Pro update?

What do you think of the new updated Adobe Premiere? Did you notice an improvement in stability? Are you using any of the new features? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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 Matt Ferrara
Matt Ferrara
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May 6th, 2019

This is a very bad look at a very bad time for Adobe. Resolve is listening and actually making huge strides with every iteration. They’re hungry for the premiere market, and they’re going to get it, because Will Thomas is right, this update is trash. The three items he chose to highlight are so far down the list of what needs to change and improve. What an embarrassing interview and presence at NAB.

Eric Darling
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May 6th, 2019

Ironically, this latest release has already crashed twice on me whereas previous versions were running just fine. On the other hand, they haven’t made much mention of the better CUDA optimization, which has clearly been improved in terms of rendering.

Melvin Chong
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May 4th, 2019

With great power comes great instability.

Julien-Pier Belanger
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May 4th, 2019

Never liked Premiere. I don’t understand how the same company that makes Lightroom and Photoshop can’t make a decent color grading tool.

Sean P Phillips
Sean P Phillips
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May 3rd, 2019

As an Adobe CC subscriber for many years, I can confirm that it’s a widely held belief among us that Adobe treats us as if we are all beta testers. These new features will not be relevant to most of us until sometime in Q4 (or later) when this new version is stable enough to use for our clients.

 Dan Hyman
Dan Hyman
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May 3rd, 2019

We purchased the long-awaited Canon XF705 back in December (pre-order from October). Adobe still doesn’t accept camera’s H.165 codec from the MXF files to edit natively. Not even AME will transcode them. I sold the camera last week. Thanks Adobe.

Peter
Peter
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May 3rd, 2019

Adobe will never improve stability. They have som many bugs and they even cant help, support is too weak.

Lukedriftwood
Lukedriftwood
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May 3rd, 2019

It’s so stable that Adobe had to release two emergency updates to address crash and missing plugins: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/kb/fixed-issues.html

 Brian DeViteri
Brian DeViteri
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May 3rd, 2019

Your link for UserVoice is incorrect, that is for Adobe XD specifically. Adobe video products should use a different link.

Video UserVoice:
https://adobe-video.uservoice.com

Submission Guide:
https://helpx.adobe.com/content/dam/help/attachments/SubmissionGuide_video_audio_products.pdf

All are listed here: https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/how-to-user-voice.html

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May 3rd, 2019
Reply to  Brian DeViteri

Thanks Brian, corrected.

Will Thomas
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May 3rd, 2019

This update is trash. The program crashes more now than ever. Adobe needs to focus on fixing problems not creating new features…which means more crashes. Im about done with this software. Im seriously thinking about moving to resolve at this point.

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