Adobe has announced some nice upgrades for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro as part of a major Creative Cloud video tools update. Premiere Pro sees new workflow and performance increases, along with support for Rec2100 HDR editing. After Effects gets new 3D Transform Gizmos and camera navigation tools.
It seems that Canon isn’t the only company having issues holding onto its customers’ images right now. A recent Adobe Lightroom update appears to have deleted images and presets for many of its users, too. Users on Facebook, Reddit and Adobe’s own forums had noticed that their work had disappeared with one noting that they’d lost over 2 years worth of edits.
That last one said they spoke with Adobe Customer Service for more than four hours over a two day period and were finally told that there is no fix and the lost images are unrecoverable. Adobe has since acknowledged the issue publicly, stating that the problem is limited to iPhone and iPad version 5.4.0 and that the files are definitely not recoverable.
Adobe After Effects hasn’t seen a big update in a little while, and it seemed to have been skipped over during last month’s big update – although, even if it had, the new app icons would’ve still probably stolen the show. But a little teaser was posted about an upcoming feature – the AI-powered Roro Brush 2.0.
The new tool is now available in the latest public beta of After Effects, and Jordy and the team at Cinecom took it for a spin. If their video is anything to go by, it looks pretty incredible and may potentially negate the need to ever use a green screen again for a lot of shots.
A few months ago, it was revealed that imaging genius Marc Levoy had stepped down from his position as Distinguished Engineer at Google, where he’d been working on the types of computational photography processes that are common in most of today’s smartphones.
You might also remember Marc as the Stanford professor that put his entire digital photography course online for free. Well, now he’s gone to work for Adobe, as Vice President and Fellow to develop Adobe’s new universal camera app.
We’ve all had our frustrations with software over the years, although in the photo and video industry, probably no more so than with Adobe – especially since they switched to the subscription model and forced updates. It’s not that Adobe’s software sucks – if it did, it wouldn’t be as popular as it is – but features change, disappear, don’t work the way they used to, and new updates can be filled with bugs and crashes.
Well, animator James Lee decided that he’s had enough and created this short film that represents what I think all of us have either done or at least felt like we wanted to do at times. And it’s pretty epic. You’ll definitely want to wear headphones for this one, or at least make sure there are no delicate ears nearby.
Last month, Adobe started to change the icons for its ever-growing suite of applications. The biggest change was the new colourful Creative Cloud logo, but the applications within the Creative Cloud Suite have been transitioning, too, and not everybody’s happy about it.
Many have noted that the icons are all starting to look the same, with multiple apps sharing the same colour scheme, making it confusing to find the right app. Others are definitely fighting their OCD over differences in font size and inconsistencies in spacing and alignment from one icon to the next, but the overall consensus doesn’t seem to be all that positive.
Adobe has released their June update for the Creative Cloud, which they says is the biggest feature update since the Adobe MAX conference in November 2019. It brings some new selection tools to Photoshop, particularly suited to cutting out people and hair, rotatable patterns, font matching, and more for the desktop, as well as a slew of updates for Photoshop for the iPad and Lightroom for all platforms.
Adobe Photoshop Camera was launched as a preview way back in November last year. And now, it’s finally out. It packs a bunch of AI features using Adobe Sensei, the same technology that you’ll see in Photoshop CC. And unlike most Adobe products, this one is completely free to download and use.
It was only six weeks ago that Apple released a beta plugin to allow Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Rush and Media Encoder to read video files recorded in ProRes RAW. Now, it seems that plugin is no longer necessary as Adobe has just announced native ProRes RAW support for both Premiere Pro and After Effects in the latest update.
As well as ProRes RAW support, Premiere Pro also gets an improved pen tool and finally sees GPU acceleration on Windows for h.264 and h.265 (HEVC) files with both Nvidia and AMD GPUs – which should massively speed up those renders. After Effects gets a new “tapered shape stroke” feature, as well as concentric shape repeaters.
Adobe has announced that its 16th annual 99U Creative Conference will be held online. While it’s a paid event in normal conditions, this year’s conference will be completely free for everyone. The reason for making the event virtual is, of course, the coronavirus pandemic, which also made Adobe turn the Adobe Summit into an online event.