We all get stuck in a creative rut from time to time, and that’s perfectly normal. But if you miss creating and you still really need something to rekindle your passion, Adobe Inspiration Generator could be something for you to try. It’s something like a slot machine – only the type that always pays out and you have nothing to lose no matter how many times you pull the lever. Sounds cool, right?
Adobe has released a new July 2021 update to Adobe Premiere Pro with two big headline features. The first is that Premiere Pro can now natively transcribe the speech in your videos to text in order to text documents for closed-caption subtitles. Previously, you’d need to purchase separate AI transcription tools like Simon Says, but now it can all be done natively within Premiere Pro itself.
The other big news from the Adobe camp is that Premiere Pro’s native Apple M1 version has now been officially released in its final form. Apple M1 support was launched as a beta in December 2020, but after seven months of testing, it’s now ready for prime time, with Adobe claiming speeds almost 80% faster than comparable Intel-based Macs.
Adobe has announced a new import and exposure interface for Adobe Premiere Pro. And while I described it as a “facelift” in the title, it’s more like major reconstructive surgery. Like John Travolta & Nick Cage levels of different. It’s currently in public beta, so you can all go and have a play with it, but it comes with a whole new streamlined way of importing your media and exporting your final results.
One thing that should be made clear is that this change doesn’t take away anything you’ve already got. If you prefer to do things the old fashioned way, you can still do that. The new enhancements are simply extra options that add to your overall experience. And, I have to say, they look pretty awesome for speeding up your project workflow – at least the very beginning and end of it.
The multiple versions of Lightroom have been around for a while now, but the difference between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic and which offers the best workflow still confuses some people. Both serve a different purpose and a different type of user and workflow.
In this video, Pye Jirsa walks us through his workflow using both applications so that we can see how they differ and the benefits that each offers over the other. What may as come as a surprise to some people is that the two apps are not mutually exclusive, either. It’s entirely possible (and maybe beneficial) to use both in your post-processing workflow.
Adobe has just announced their May 2021 update for Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including new features for both Adobe Audition and Adobe Premiere Pro. Audition now sees native Apple M1 support, with improved performance for recording and mixing and a couple of very handy new features for stripping silence and monitoring loudness.
Premiere Pro also sees a new Loudness Meter for audio, refinements to the captions workflow, DirectX 12 support on Windows, and performance enhancements for Canon XF HEVC video file, amongst other new updates.
Adobe’s new Super Resolution feature is certainly rather good. It allows you to breathe new life into those lower resolution images from older DSLRs as well as smartphone images to an impressive level of quality. But does it really eliminate the need for today’s high-resolution cameras like the Canon EOS R5, Nikon Z7 II and Sony A7R IV?
Well, photographer Dan Watson seems to think so, as he demonstrates in this video where he puts the 12MP Sony A7S III and 20MP Canon EOS R6 + Super Resolution up against the 60.2MP Sony A7R IV and 45MP Canon EOS R5 for stills to see just how well they stand up to the task.
Today, March 10, 2021, Adobe dropped its latest software updates via the Creative Cloud and among those updates is a new feature in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) called “Super Resolution.” You can mark this day down as a major shift in the photo industry. I have seen a bit of reporting out there on this topic from the likes of PetaPixel and F-stoppers, but other than that the ramifications of this new feature in ACR have not been widely promoted from what I can see. The new Super Resolution feature in ACR essentially upsizes the image by a factor of four using machine learning, i.e. Artificial Intelligence (AI). From the PetaPixel article on this new feature they interviewed Eric Chan from Adobe, who was quoted as saying:
Adobe Camera Raw now includes a new feature that will be coming soon to both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. It’s called Super Resolution and it’s essentially a machine learning AI-powered method of upscaling that offers massive image upscaling benefits at the push of a button. Well, you have to push it a couple of times and check a box in a dialogue, but then it’s at the push of a button.
Julieanne Kost, Principal Evangelist at Adobe posted a video about the new feature to YouTube saying that the model for the new feature was trained on millions of photos, and uses that data to “intelligently boost the resolution of an image while maintaining clean edges and preserving important details”.
Adobe has today announced that Adobe Photoshop native to Apple computers using the new M1 chip has now been released. Adobe says that it delivers major performance gains for those using the new Apple systems, stating that a number of features are showing a 50% speed increase over previous generation systems during internal testing.
That testing covered a “broad scope” of activities including opening and saving files, running filters and intensive operations like Content-Aware Fill and Select Subject, which Adobe says feel “noticeably faster” with some operations being “substantially faster” thanks to the new Apple M1 chips.