Adobe has released the May 2023 update for Premiere Pro CC. With it comes the new text-based editing features announced at NAB 2023 in April. It also sees a new background autosave feature that doesn’t interrupt your workflow, with intervals as short as one minute. Danish speakers can now use the AI transcribe features in their native language, and there’s a dashboard for background processes.
Other updates include smoother mouse scrolling and movements and support for Sony VENICE 2 Version 2.0 and iPhone Cinematic clips. A few new features are also beta testing Premiere Pro. These include SRT streaming support, a new colour management tab for Lumetri, collaboration features for Team Projects, and Recovery Mode for when Premiere Pro inevitably crashes during your edit.
We took a look at Premiere Pro’s then-upcoming text-based editing features at NAB 2023 in Las Vegas last month. So, here it is, straight from the horse’s moutn.
The text transcription features in Premiere Pro are powered by Adobe’s Sensei AI engine. Each time you add a new clip or piece of audio to your timeline, you have the ability to transcribe it to text. The new text-based editing features allow you to select chunks of your clips based on the text transcription, letting you target sentences and sequences, or even individual words, and then dragging them around like you would any other cut video clip.
From the samples I’ve seen so far, the speech recognition engine isn’t always entirely accurate, and it will occasionally miss words. But seeing your entire video laid out in text makes it easy to spot missing words or words that the engine got wrong to let you fix them. Editing videos via text looks to be a massive timesaver, although you’ll still want to tweak it once you’ve done your text-based edit, just to get your timings perfect.
Premiere Pro goes Danish
At NAB, it was reported that Premiere Pro supported 18 different languages for its transcription features. The new update announcement states that the total number of languages it supports is 17, including the new addition of Danish, so I guess one of them wasn’t quite ready for this update. But, the new addition lets Danish speakers transcribe their spoken word to text and partake in the new text-based video editing features in their native language.
The English language pack is included by default with Premiere Pro, and the other 16 languages can be downloaded from within Premiere Pro or the Creative Cloud app. As well as English and Danish, other languages include Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish.
Other new features
Other features include Background Auto Save, which is exactly as it sounds. While you’re working on your project in Premiere Pro, it’ll automatically save it in the background at preset intervals without interrupting your workflow. You can save as often as every minute without any dialogue boxes popping up to annoy you!
A new background processes Dashboard lets you see exactly what’s Premiere Pro’s currently working on behind the scenes. It lets you see all of the running background tasks, such as transcription, with progress indicators and an estimated time of completion for each task. Adobe hasn’t said exactly what background features it will track and the screenshots only show transcription, but presumably it will (or will at some point) also monitor other background tasks, such as the Warp Stabiliser.
There are some UI enhancements with smoother scrolling and mouse movements in Premiere Pro, and improved support for Apple trackpads and the Magic Mouse. Gone are the days of jerky mouse movements! Premiere Pro also sees support added for a couple of new video formats, including footage shot on the Sony Venice 2 Version 2.0 and the iPhone’s Cinematic clips.
There’s no word on when the beta features mentioned at the top will be coming to the stable release of Premiere Pro, but the latest Premiere Pro 23.4 update is available to download now through the Creative Cloud desktop app.