Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

by Ibarionex Perello

The editing of clips in real time has been significantly improved and includes the ability to set in and out points by accessing the thumbnail of clips using standard JKL shortcuts.

June 01, 2012

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is more than just an update that promises improved speed and performance with a new feature set. It also focuses just as much attention on the experience of editing.

Each photographer has a different way of working, and certain preferences for controls and workflow, but many software applications have a one-fits-all mentality, that forces a user to adjust to the requirements of the application. This can be frustrating and can easily slow down what’s already a time-consuming process. The engineers at Adobe have obviously been listening to their users and have created a version of this video editing application that can be personalized to a significant degree.

Its streamlined user-interface provides more space for 16:9 monitors for viewing clip edits. There can be a lot of clutter in an editing application and Premiere Pro CS6 helps to get rid of a lot of it, not only with its new design but also a project panel specifically dedicated for assets (video, audio, etc.), as well as a customizable button bar. The ability to define for yourself which buttons appear on the monitor panel can shave precious seconds from the process of reviewing, marking and editing clips for the timeline.

The software’s new Hoverscrub feature is a good example of just such efficiency as it not only allows you to scrub through the thumbnail, but you can also click on it and assign in and out points using standard JKL [keyboard] shortcuts without having to bring the clips into the source monitor. This provides a quick, convenient way of putting together a rough cut.

Speed is always a concern and Adobe has boosted performance with improvements to its Enhanced Mercury Playback Engine, which uses the processing power available in some of the latest GPUs found in more recent Windows and Mac desktop and laptop computers. It now offers even better support for third-party input/output devices. Though it may call on you to upgrade your current computer to take advantage of it, the performance gains will be well worth it.

And like its predecessor, Premiere Pro CS6 offers native support for DSLR footage, eliminating the need to transcode the files into a more edit-friendly format. It not only supports the current Canon and Nikon DSLRs with video capability, but also some of the higher-end video cameras including the Canon EOS C300 and the RED Scarlet X.

DSLR users will appreciate two new features on the application: Warp Stabilizer Effect and Rolling Shutter Repair Effect. The Warp Stabilizer Effect brings a feature found in Adobe After Effects directly into the application that allows you to stabilize a moving subject as well as lock in a shot automatically. It can also incorporate correction for rolling shutter, which helps reduce the distortion that occurs when quickly panning or tilting the camera during a shot. The Rolling Shutter effect can also be applied independently without including any stabilization to the clips.  
Multi-cam editing has been increasingly important to photographers who cover events such as weddings with multiple cameras. The ability to efficiently edit footage created on two or more cameras is made easier with the expanded multicam editing features of Premiere Pro CS6. You can track footage in real time and even adjust color among several shots, making color correction a less tedious and laborious process.

And if you are familiar with Adobe Photoshop, you will understand the benefit to applying multiple adjustments layers to single or multiple clips. This includes the flexibility of creating masks to isolate the effect to a specific area of the frame. Color correction has also been improved with a more user-friendly, Three-Way-Color corrector for fine-tuning hue, saturation and luminosity.

The software also includes 50 new features and controls specifically designed to make it easier for those transitioning from another video editing platform. But its strength is its ability to seamlessly integrate with other Adobe titles. The software is available as a stand-alone for $799 as well as part of Adobe CS6 Production Premium (retail $1,899), which includes 3D Tracking, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop Extended, Adobe Audition, Prelude and Speed Grade for a complete multimedia production suite.  

Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer, host and producer of The Candid Frame photography podcast. He is also the author of Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography Using Available Light. 

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