Every year when we ask about the aging audio and type tool options, we get a we’re working on some major overhauls to the core program for these features. Well, now it looks like we are finally getting some serious upgrades to both of these features, along with several more.
The new Type tool is based on the same framework for working in Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects, so it should be much less clunky to work with. We also get a new Essential Graphics Panel, which is basically the graphics version of the excellent Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere. The ability to save templates and master graphics should be much easier and straightforward in this latest 2017.1 release.
Additionally, Motion Graphics templates allow users to make changes to After Effects comps while still in premiere – with access to dynamic changes to text, color, size, layout, background image/video, position, and even sound.
The Essential Sound panel also adds a fresh and more streamlined audio interface. It’s designed to offer an intuitive audio editing experience to video editors who may not be experts in using DAWs like Audition or Pro Tools. Adobe has also made some serious advancements in ambisonic audio for VR content. Of course, I still don’t have the ability to save a user present for audio effects in the Track Mixer.
I updated to the new version this past week and edited a couple short videos but I really like the new addition with Essential Graphics and its integration with After Effects. I haven’t had a chance to do much with the new Type tool but it is easy to see how much better it is than the terrible excuse that was in there before.
Note, however, when you update to Premiere Pro CC 2017.1, it will overwrite the previous install of Premiere Pro CC. So don’t update if you are in the middle of an important project. Any existing projects will have to be updated to work in the new version of Premiere and those new sequences won’t be able to transfer back to older versions of Premiere.
Here is a video that gives you a little demo of some of the features in Premiere Pro CC 2017: