Premiere Pro Adds More Workspaces and Enhanced Graphics Options

Adobe has announced a set of updates to Premiere Pro which includes improvements to proxies, more graphics features, workspace updates, social content features, and improved H.264 and HEVC encoding on M1 machines.

The updates focus on workflow, however there are some new features added to the editing platform.

Adobe has added new proxy badges to the Project panel that it says will help editors easily distinguish between proxy and source media while editing. Adobe claims that editors will be able to add proxy watermarks to their Project panel for greater certainty. Proxy files default to ProRes, which Adobe believes is the best format to work with.

The update also adds a new Essentials workspace, which Adobe positions as a clean and simple layout that presents the panels in a left-to-right workflow with abundant space for the timeline across the bottom of the screen.

In the Essentials workspace, all core Premiere Pro functions are easily accessible without requiring editors to switch workspaces and it is optimized for using Premiere Pro on a laptop or a single screen.

Premiere Pro Essentials Workspace

There is also a new Vertical Video workspace that is optimized for vertical content. This workspace is especially useful for social media professionals who create vertical content.

Premiere Pro has also added the ability to add gradients to strokes or shadow graphics. Gradients can be linear or radial and based on opacity, color, or a combination of the two.

Design elements such as these can be used to decorate Asian characters like Japanese or Korean videos and offer additional parameters for those who wish to upgrade legacy titles using Premiere Pro.” Adobe states.

Premiere Pro Gradients in text and shadows

An example of the effect can be seen on Adobe’s website.

Adobe also has added support for the RED V-Raptor camera along with more GPU-accelerated effects. These include Magnify, Replicate, Spherize, and Wave Warp. Adobe claims that GPU processing allows for faster outputs and playback, as well as smoother editing and rendering.

Lastly, Premiere Pro now has improved encode quality of H264/HEVC encoded files on Apple M1 systems.

“In particular, the bitrate of the H264/HEVC encoded files on Apple M1 systems is now as good as the bit rate of encoded files on Mac Intel systems,” Adobe says.

These updates are now available for Premiere Pro.