Thoughts on Adobe Video World and Premiere Pro Updates

Keynote speaker Vashi Nedomansky headlined three days of panels and classes on Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.

This is the second year in a row that I had the chance to attend Adobe Video World, which took place August 23-25 outside Los Angeles in Santa Anita. Last year, it was scheduled to fall right after IBC, a better choice I feel, as the audience had a lot of questions about recently introduced developments and instructors had more time to do deep dives into newer features. 

This year, however, I will definitely give it up for the keynote speaker, Vashi Nedomansky, who was extremely forthright while giving us a fun personal video tour through his long history of editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. Nedomanksy is known most for his editing work on the superhero feature Deadpool, a monster hit that was edited entirely using Adobe. 

Nedomansky, who has also collaborated with such filmmakers as Jerry Bruckheimer, Michel Gondry and Dennis Hopper, was also an Adobe liaison with David Fincher during his adoption of the Premiere Pro workflow on Gone Girl. Fincher has continued with their workflows, most recently using Premiere Pro CC for the entire 10-episode Netflix series Mindhunter

Avid announced Premiere Pro timeline support at NAB of 2016, so it seems they have continued to gain quite a bit of market share. At IBC in September, the company introduced a variety of enhancements, including multiple open projects capabilities (see video below), which I’m excited about, as I often have a client, and sometimes several, watching over my shoulder while I’m editing. GPU and Mercury acceleration was also added for After Effects. 

Adobe Video World offers a variety of pass situations for the classes and presentations, which are broken down between After Effects and Premiere Pro. There’s even a bit here and there on how Photoshop can fall into play during editing. No word as of yet on the location for next year. 

Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription rate is $49.99 a month annually and cannot be canceled without penalty after a 14-day trial period. 

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