By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Adobe has made a huge splash at Robert Redford’s annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT this month, premiering a over 175 features premiering that were cut using Premiere Pro CC. And people couldn’t be more thrilled with what they can do with it.
“With such an ambitious film, we needed the most innovative technology to push creative boundaries,” said Louis Black, co-director of “Richard Linklater – dream is destiny,” which will premiere at Sundance. “Our story relies on combining decades-old archival footage with interviews from the present. We cut the film in Adobe Premiere Pro CC with incredible results.”
With notable blockbusters like Fox’s Deadpool and Universal’s Hail Caesar leading the charge of 175 films that enjoyed the Creative Cloud workflow, Adobe has plenty to crow about. On Saturday, January 23rd, the software giant hosted one of the most high profile panels at the weekend’s film fest entitled, “Editorial secrets from Hail, Caesar! and Deadpool.”
“Adobe really revamped Premiere Pro CC from the ground up. I love the interoperability with other programs like After Effects CC and the ability to do quick composites. We need an uninterrupted workflow between the idea and output. Premiere Pro CC is clean and fast, which is what I want.” – Tim Miller, director of Deadpool
The Panel featured filmmakers talking about how they made the transition from AVID Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro to the Creative Cloud platform, and how the app helped them to craft the film’s vision.
The panel will include Deadpool director, and Adobe fan Tim Miller, Vashi Nedomansky (workflow specialist and editing consultant), as well as Hail Caesar post production supervisor Catherine Farrell and editor Katherine McQuerrey. In addition, Adobe will recording the panel and it will be available next week at www.adobe.com/go/video.
Adobe is also sponsoring a pair of events at the festival for up-and-coming new filmmakers, including Sundance’s NEXT competition, which will feature out of competition films which use digital technology to combine what the software giant calls “pure, bold works with unfettered creativity.” Films being showcased all used Creative Cloud, and include Dark Night, Operation Avalanche, The Eyes of My Mother and The 4th.
In partnership with Sundance Ignite, the second event is Project 1234, which will spotlight five new filmmakers who have received a Sundance Ignite fellowship, and will include being mentored by Sundance alumni and Institute staff.
“We’re thrilled to support the Sundance Institute and all the incredible artists whose ground-breaking work inspires us year after year,” said Bill Roberts, senior director of professional video product management at Adobe. “It’s their creativity that drives us to innovate and consistently deliver cutting-edge new features to bring every story to life in every medium, screen and budget.”
Adobe is also using the backdrop of the film festival to announce new video tools coming to Creative Cloud, including:
- 100,000 4K high-quality video assets will be added to the video content available in Adobe Stock. Premiere Pro CC andAfter Effects CC users can search, download and license this ever-growing collection of stock assets directly from their desktop apps. Adobe Stock, the company’s royalty-free collection of high-quality photos and illustrations, is already integrated into flagship products, including Photoshop CC, InDesign CC and Illustrator CC.
- Cineware Live 3D pipeline (first introduced to After Effects CC in 2014) will be enhanced with improved workflow and greater performance. OpenGL rendering will now be available within the Cineware effect, providing increased speed over the software render option.
- Option to use Live Link which synchronizes the timelines between After Effects CC and Cinema 4D making compositing more efficient.
- Artists can now choose to render specific Takes in a Cinema 4D project file, with support for Cinema 4D’s new Take System, introduced in its latest release R17.
- Performance enhancements in Premiere Pro CC
These updates will be available at the end of January. Check out Adobe’s site for more information.