The 2016 Adobe Creative Cloud Updates: A Full Roundup
September 06, 2016

The 2016 Adobe Creative Cloud Updates: A Full Roundup

By Robert Hardy 11 min read

This morning, Adobe lifted the veil on their second major round of updates this year for their Creative Cloud video apps.

Though late-year updates from Adobe have traditionally been less flashy than their NAB updates, this year there are some great new features in just about every major app in the Creative Cloud family. So let's dive into the Adobe Creative Cloud updates.

First up is Team Projects, Adobe's new method for seamless remote, real-time collaboration on shared projects. This new feature is available in Premiere, After Effects and Prelude, and I wrote an entire article about this and what it might signal, so check that out to learn more.

So now let's dive into what's new for each of the Adobe apps, starting with Premiere:

Premiere Pro

First up, before we get into all of the specifics, here's a quick overview video of what's coming to Premiere:

One of the biggest changes that have come to Premiere in the latest round of updates is the whole captioning and subtitling workflow, which has been made simpler, more intuitive, and more powerful than it's ever been.

Better caption and subtitle tools

Expand your audience with captions and subtitles, whether to enliven silent auto-play video previews on Facebook, generate versions for different languages, or improve accessibility for hearing impaired viewers with closed captions. Easily create, fine-tune, and version captions, including tasks like text manipulation and altering duration and location right in the timeline. The new Edge Color feature ensures captions are easy to read on any color background. You get an easier workflow for creating captions from scratch as well. Deliver video content that speaks to more people and meets captioning requirements for web and broadcast in jurisdictions around the world.

Adobe's also pushing the Lumetri color tools a bit further in this release, most notably making the HSL secondaries a bit more precise with a new color picker.

Refined Lumetri Color tools

The color toolset in Premiere Pro is ever-expanding, allowing editors to work deeply with color. Deliver the best color viewing experience for your audience with support for HDR10 metadata workflows, enabling editing of HDR10 and output for new HDR-enabled TVs and displays, providing greater precision for delivering brilliant imagery that makes the most of the viewing environment. The Lumetri Color toolset now includes a more refined color picker when working with HSL secondaries or white balance, allowing content creators to access powerful color correction and Look design tools in a dedicated color workspace.

And of course, there's plenty coming in terms of the Virtual Reality toolset as VR media continues its rapid expansion into the consumer arena.

Improved Virtual Reality Workflow

Introduced earlier in 2016, the VR workflow in Premiere Pro now offers additional improvements. Users can work with stitched equi-rectangular video to show field-of-view so you can replicate viewing experiences while you edit your content. Premiere Pro also exports correctly tagged VR files so that VR-capable video players, such as YouTube, can play the media. Added to this release, is the new auto-aware VR, which detects whether your media is monoscopic, stereoscopic over/ under or stereoscopic left/right and automatically applies preferences for the correct viewing environment.

In addition to its current abilities to publish to specific web destinations, Adobe's now adding Behance to the mix.

Expanded Destination Publishing – now including Publish to Behance

Sharing your projects via Destination Publishing allows you to render and share videos to popular web locations from directly within Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder CC. With the addition of Publish to Behance, you can publish your videos directly to your Behance portfolio, the world’s largest creative community. Whether you’re posting to your favorite social media site like Behance, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter, or want to share your productions privately to Creative Cloud, Destination Publishing gives you a fast delivery system to meet your needs.

Here's what else Adobe has in store for the latest round of Premiere updates:

Improved Live Text Templates

Live Text Templates allows users to include dynamic graphics with their video content in Premiere Pro, including the ability to edit text within those graphics, without requiring the editor to work directly inside After Effects. Live Text Templates are ideal for adding visual production value to any type of recurring content, such as tutorial videos, web series, broadcast graphics, and more. Editors who need to work with branded graphics content, like lower-thirds, will appreciate Live Text Templates improvements that allow for simple manipulation of text layers directly inside the Effect Control Panel. Automatically sync missing Typekit fonts, eliminating the need to find fonts manually, and take advantage of a new file format that allows you to share Live Text Templates via Creative Cloud Folders and import them directly into Premiere Pro without requiring an After Effects license.

Additional File Format Support

Broad file format support is one of the key strengths of Adobe Premiere Pro. Just load your files and start working, even during ingest, whether you elect to work with native source file formats, or lightweight, auto-linking proxies. Along with more efficient ingest of camera media, the next version of Premiere Pro adds support for Native QT DNxHD / DNxHR export.

More Audio Effects

This release brings new and improved audio effects to Premiere Pro, providing higher quality sound processing and improved fidelity from Adobe Audition including: Adaptive Noise Reduction, Dynamics Processing, Parametric Equalizer, Automatic Click Remover, Studio Reverb. New hi-DPI aware effects include, Analog Delay, Chorus/Flanger, DeHummer, Guitar Suite, Phaser, Single Band Compressor, Tube Modeled Compressor, Vocal Enhancer and Multi Band Compressor. Some legacy Premiere Pro audio plug-ins will be deprecated and they will be removed in a future version.

Oh, and perhaps my favorite Premiere update of the bunch is the new Keyboard Shortcut Map, which I wrote about in this article. And for aspiring animators, here's an article about essential After Effects shortcuts. Speaking of which...

After Effects

Perhaps the biggest addition to After Effects this time around is the new 3D Render Engine, which is coming over from Cinema4D.

New 3D Render Engine

Cinerender, Maxon’s Cinema 4D’s rendering technology, provides outstanding render performance— from high-end systems to lower-end laptops—with no GPU acceleration needed. Now in After Effects, artists can utilize the Cinema 4D render engine to natively create and render elements inside After Effects, including extruded text and shape layers, without the need for specialized hardware.

A Faster Workflow

The new video preview architecture in After Effects lets you play raw footage in real-time eliminating the need to cache before previewing footage. Interactive performance optimizations and new GPU-accelerated effects, such as Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast, remove compositing bottlenecks and makes everyday tasks easier.

Shared Templates

Create new projects from your own After Effects template and automatically set color management settings and project structure to ensure consistency. Share templates via Creative Cloud Folders to ensure team members and freelancers are working from the same framework.

Other New Features

Other features include automatic syncing of Typekit fonts from your After Effects compositions. The ability to keep track of multiple outputs from the same file over the life of a project by adding date and time tokens to your file name output template. Marker and scripting improvements helps users fine-tune compositing details. A 360-degree preset gives users a better viewing of monoscopic equirectangular video. Optimized time remapping, combined with faster Dynamic Link, improves overall workflow efficiency, saving more valuable time for users.


With the latest update to Audition, Adobe is really pushing to make it a more standard DAW choice for filmmakers and post-production professionals everywhere. In order to do this, they've not only introduced the Essential Sound Panel (basically like the Lumetri Color Panel for basic audio mixing) but now they're adding comprehensive "Getting Started" guides directly into the app.

A New Getting Started Experience

Users who are new to Audition will find new guided walkthroughs of common tasks, such as reducing background noise, mixing audio elements, or producing a simple podcast. The new onboarding experience empowers newcomers to get started and feel successful from first launch.

Character Animator

Even though it's technically still in beta, Adobe Character Animator is already a pretty feature-complete solution for animating 2D puppets quickly and easily. Hell, it was used in part to help with The Simpsons' live segment this year. Anyhow, here's what's coming to Character Animator in the upcoming Adobe release:

Faster Puppet Creation

New features make puppet creation easier and faster. When combining puppet parts created from multiple Photoshop and Illustrator files, Character Animator will allow you to “mash-up” different body parts to create multiple puppets fast. Recording options have been streamlined to include grouped keyboard trigger recordings with more precise editing options. Make changes to your puppets faster with enhanced round-trip functionality between Photoshop and Illustrator and share files easily via Creative Cloud Folders. New users can learn Character Animator quickly with a new interactive getting started tutorial.

Media Encoder

Stitched Ingest, Faster Output and Direct Publishing to Behance

Stitch clips from camera media into a single file on ingest to jump start your editing process. Get to your final output faster with less waiting, thanks to faster sending of sequences from Premiere Pro and improved support for native import of Premiere Pro projects. Publish video content created in Premiere Pro directly into a Behance portfolio, removing time consuming processes of separate export and upload.

So there you have it, some massive Fall Creative Cloud updates from the folks at Adobe. As always, they're being intentionally vague on when exactly this release will go live into the Creative Cloud updater, but you should expect to see all of these new features before the end of the year.

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