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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 review: Extending video editing beyond the desktop

Alan Stafford | June 17, 2015
Last year, as I was sprinting down the street trying to stay ahead of six angry bulls in Pamplona, Spain, I held my phone behind me to capture some video of the experience, all the while thinking, how am I going to color-correct this video? And then I looked up at the beautiful old buildings facing the street and thought, hey, that palette would really work well with the talking-head videos I had been editing in my hotel room the night before. But how to capture those colors and reuse them? Thankfully, Adobe has solutions for these vexing problems in the latest version of its video-editing application, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.

If you are faced with the opposite problem--your talking head blathered on too long, and you have to hit a precise video duration--then the new Time Tuner option in the Media Encoder may help. You can enter a duration change of up to 10 percent, plus or minus. If you prefer, you can just set an exact duration, and Premiere Pro CC 2015 will add or remove frames to hit that target. Whichever method you choose, it will not let you exceed 10 percent, which is probably good, because even a five percent increase in duration caused occasional, obvious interpolations in my exported video. A three percent decrease looked better, but I could still see some artifacts, but perhaps that's because I was looking for it.

Bottom line

Premiere Pro CC 2015 is becoming more than an application where we dump all of our assets and then work on them in just that small box. It makes sense to bring the video editing tools closer to the actual captured video, and to expand our creative options beyond the desktop (or laptop, of course). The integration still feels a pretty clunky at times, but I like the direction.


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