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Tip #1505: New Feature: Faster Warp Stabilizer

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The actual stabilization is the same, what’s faster is the analysis.

Warp Stabilizer controls in the Effect Panel of Premiere Pro.

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One of the new features in the 2021 update to Premiere Pro is a faster Warp Stabilizer. Here’s what you need to know.

According to Adobe’s release notes:

[We have] “dramatically improved the time it takes to analyze shaky footage while leaving the actual stabilization process unchanged.  The result is that the quality of the stabilization is as good as before – just way faster.”

My guess is that what Adobe has done is move the analysis off the CPU and onto the GPU, which is much faster at analyzing bitmapped media files.

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Adobe notes: “The Warp Stabilizer effect in Premiere Pro requires that the clip dimensions match the sequence settings. If the clip does not match the sequence settings, you can nest the clip, and then apply the Warp Stabilizer effect to the nest.”

Here’s a link to more details on using the Warp Stabilizer


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Tip #1479: Adobe Updates Premiere Pro

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This first major upgrade for 2021 sets the scene for the future.

Logos for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

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This week, Adobe released new versions of its video and audio applications: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Media Encoder, Character Animator and Premiere Rush. There is a LOT in these new releases. Here are the details.

PREMIERE PRO

  • New Caption workflow
  • Media Replacement
  • Faster Warp Stabilizer
  • Team Project performance improvements
  • Copy and Paste Audio Effects in the Audio Track Mixer
  • Legacy Audio Effects Removed
  • Equitable Language

AFTER EFFECTS

  • Media Replacement in Motion Graphics templates and Essential Properties
  • Real-Time 3D Draft Preview
  • 3D Ground Plane
  • Improved Composition Toolbar
  • Team Project performance improvements
  • Equitable Language

AUDITION

  • Insert Mode in Waveform Editor
  • Keyframe Dragging
  • Equitable Language

MEDIA ENCODER

  • Support import of ARRIRAW footage

CHARACTER ANIMATOR

  • New Example Puppet
  • New project file format
  • Snap to Frames & Snap to Objects
  • Pin Fee When Standing

PREMIERE RUSH

  • New color presets
  • Apply color edits to all the clips in your video
  • Easily flip/mirror videos clips, images, stickers, and overlays
  • New sound effect
  • Performance Improvements

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Here’s a link to more information and demos of major features.


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Tip #1480: Premiere Speech-to-Text Goes Beta

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The link in this tip also includes a link to sign up for the beta program.

Premiere will soon support automatic transcripts natively within the app.

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Adobe announced that Speech-to-Text is coming to Adobe Premiere Pro. Automatically generate a transcript and add captions to your videos to improve accessibility and boost engagement with Speech to Text.

Currently in beta, it is expected to be released in the next few months. It will require updating to Premiere 15.x. It includes support for: English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Chinese, Hindi, and more.

This web page has more information, along with the opportunity to sign up for Adobe’s beta program.


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Tip #1481: Adobe Stock Has Improved Templates

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Replaceable media, along with changeable text, improves motion graphic templates.

Templates that allow media replacement in Premiere have special indicators in Adobe Stock.

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Dozens of new Motion Graphics templates allowing media replacement are now available on Adobe Stock. Motion graphics templates with media replacement make it easy for Premiere Pro editors to incorporate their own video or graphics, such as logos.

Media Replacement is a new feature in the latest After Effects release when creating Motion Graphics templates. Now, After Effects artists can flag media in a template such that Premiere editors can use the template, but replace the media.

Template text has always been replaceable, now media can be replaced as well, which makes templates much easier to use between projects. The nice thing is that editors don’t need to know After Effects to change either text or media.

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Here’s the link to Adobe Stock. Templates that allow media replacement are specially indicated (see screen shot).


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Tip #1469: Set a Marker Range

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Marker durations are very useful for transcripts.

Set a marker duration in the Edit Marker dialog. A range marker is illustrated below.

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Normally, a marker in Premiere indicates a specific point in time. However, you can extend a marker to cover a range in the timeline. This technique is good for adding transcriptions, marking selected regions of a quote, or whenever you need to indicate something that takes time.

Here’s how:

  • Add a marker to a clip or timeline.
  • Double-click the marker to open the Edit Marker dialog.
  • Change the Duration (top red arrow) timecode to reflect the duration of the marker.

NOTE: This measures the duration of a marker, not the marker’s location in the timeline.

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Once a duration is applied to a marker, you can change it by dragging either the start or ending marker to a new timeline location (bottom red arrow).


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Tip #1471: Four Faster Timeline Mouse Shortcuts

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Pressing different modifier keys changes behavior.

The Adobe Premiere Pro logo.

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Here are four mouse shortcuts you can use in Premiere’s timeline to move around faster; plus one that you already know.

TIMELINE

  • Scroll wheel. Rolls the timeline up or down.
  • Option + scroll wheel. Zooms into, or out of, the current position of the cursor; not the playhead.
  • Cmd + scroll wheel. Move the timeline left or right.
  • Control + scroll wheel. Depending upon the position of the cursor, not the playhead, scrolls the video or audio tracks up or down.

TRACK HEADER

  • Option + scroll wheel. Enlarges or shrinks the vertical height of video or audio tracks, depending upon the position of the cursor, not the playhead.

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Tip #1465: Add Different Marker Colors in Real-Time

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All eight marker colors can have keyboard shortcuts.

The red box indicates which menu options add markers of different colors.

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A reader asks: “Is it possible to create different color markers during playback in Premiere? I could then highlight answers during an interview in real-time.” The answer is: Yes. Here’s how.

There are eight different marker colors in Premiere, but only the green version has a default keyboard shortcut.

Open Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows: Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts).

Search for “marker” (top red arrow in screen shot).

In the Title section, you’ll see eight uanassigned options to add a marker for each color (red box in screen shot).

In this example, I assigned shortcuts to add Blue and Cyan markers.

During playback, typing these shortcuts adds markers in real time. As always, if the clip is selected, the marker is added to the clip. If nothing is selected, the marker is added to the timeline.


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Tip #1457: Premiere’s Floating Timecode Panel

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The floating timecode panel provides real-time display of project durations.

This is the full-size floating timecode panel in Premiere.

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Premiere has a floating timecode panel which simplifies tracking project durations and selections.

This panel displays the timecode for:

  • The current location for the playhead
  • The total duration for the active sequence
  • The duration between the current timeline In and Out

To display this panel, go to Window > Timecode.

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If you are tight on space, go to the small “pancake” menu in the top right corner and select Compact. Same information in less space.


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Tip #1458: Quick Sky Enhancement

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Gradients, combined with blend modes, can quickly create amazing looks.

The gradient (top), original image (center) and composite using Overlay blend mode.

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Here’s a fast way to improve the look of a cloud-filled sky, using a simple gradient and a blend mode in Premiere.

Take a look at the middle image in the screen shot. It is an OK shot of the sky, but doesn’t have any “pop.”

  • Create a simple gradient in Photoshop, similar to the screen shot, that roughly corresponds to the position of the sky.
  • Stack the gradient above the clip with the sky in the timeline.
  • Apply Effect Controls > Opacity > Blend mode > Overlay to the gradient clip. This darkens the sky and brightens the foreground.

As you can see in the right side of the screen shot, the sky is a LOT more dramatic!

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If you don’t want the foreground brightened, either replace the white in the gradient with transparency, or use an Opacity mask to cut the gradient at the horizon line. (This was what we did here.)


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Tip #1459: A Hidden Keyframe Menu

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Control-click a keyframe to reveal the keyframe controls menu.

Control-click a keyframe to view the keyframe control menu in Effect Controls.

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Most of the time, we add a keyframe and move on. But, hidden in the Effect Controls panel is a wide range of keyframe options that can add life to your visual effects.

After applying a keyframe to an effect, scroll to the right in the Effect Controls window and Control-click the keyframe you want to adjust.

The options in this menu support:

  • Copying and pasting keyframe settings
  • Adding curves to keyframes
  • Adding acceleration and deceleration to a keyframe

As you change settings the icon applied to the modified keyframe changes as well.


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