I am really enjoying using Premiere Pro CC 2014. If you had told me 3 years ago that I would be singing the praises of Premiere, I would have laughed and said no way. However, after having fully made the switch and having edited a good number of projects with the CS6 and CC versions, I am a convert. It is now my preferred choice of NLE’s and the more I use it, the more I like it. I really like how it handles file based media like P2 and XDCAM natively and can even handle H.264 media. I recently worked on a project which I will elaborate on in a subsequent post, that had a very short turnaround time, and I don’t think I would have been able to complete it as quickly as I did with Avid or Final Cut Pro 7 (I am still not using FCP X). The footage was shot on multiple formats, including XDCAM, ProRes, and some footage I shot using my 5D Mark III. I did transcode the H.264 files but the rest was just imported natively and I was quickly able to start editing. The slowest part of the process was copying the files off the cards.
I also like the integration of the other CC programs like Photoshop and After Effects and I am learning how to use Audition for smoothing out the sound. Media Encoder has replaced Compressor for me – it’s great to cue up an output and keep working in Premiere and it also works well for transcoding batches of files and making multiple versions. I still like Handbrake but I’m using it less and less as I get more proficient with AME. While Davinci Resolve is my color correcting app of choice, I am also learning SpeedGrade so I can take advantage of its connection with the other programs.
Another plus of the CC bundle is that with the 2 seats I get with my subscription (which I really think is a great pricing model despite what others say), I have it on My Mac and on My Dell PC and my settings are always in sync. The Creative Cloud software has been a great upgrade for my Dell system, which has 2 NVIDIA cards and accelerates those programs with CUDA.
Premiere is also gaining reputation as a serious contender to Avid’s lock on feature films. David Fincer recently posted his film “Gone Girl” with Premiere. Here is a link to a Studio Daily article about some aspects of the workflow: http://www.studiodaily.com/2014/08/inside-gone-girls-6k-review-and-editorial-pipeline/
I’m sure we will hear about more projects using Adobe Creative Cloud.
Just finished working on a 5 minute spot for Stemage, a new skin cream that uses stem cell technology to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen. The spot is hosted by supermodel turned media mogul Kathy Ireland – don’t laugh, her brand is a billion dollar empire!
I cut the spot using Final Cut Pro 7 because the original long form was also cut on FCP7 and the project was way too big to try and transfer over to Premiere-there was over 12 TB of footage. Some of the graphics were made using AfterEffects and Maya on my Dell T5500 PC. Here is one that illustrates the healing effects of Stemage:
It was tough going back to cutting on FCP7 because it is such a graphics heavy show that the rendering was quite painful. Hats off to Daniel Johnson who did the skin animation and Rik Bogusz who did the other graphics for the spot.
Recently I worked on videos for Time-Life about Wolfgang Puck’s new Pressure Oven. It was a great experience working with Mr. Puck, shooting the videos at his world-famous restaurant, Spago, in Beverly Hills.
He is a real pro at doing demos and was very fun to work with. Along with editing 12 videos, I was B Cameraman using my Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
The primary footage which was shot on a Panasonic HPX-3700. I am very pleased with how the BMCC footage came out and integrated with the 3700 footage.
Click below to view one of the videos:
Wolfgang Puck’s Rotisserie Chicken Video
I shot RAW Cinema DNG and used DaVinci running on my Dell Precision T5500 to create footage and cut the segments using Final Cut Pro 7 on a MacPro. This will probably be the last job I cut with FCP7, as I am making the transition full time to cutting in Premiere Pro CC or Avid Symphony. I have been using Premiere and Avid on both PC and Mac platforms and I am not missing FCP7 at all… The Tesla card in the Dell really makes DaVinci work great and is so much faster than using a MacPro for creating dailies and finished footage. I am currently using Premiere Pro CC to edit a national spot for Euro-Pro and will have a report on that experience soon!
Here are additional videos that I edited:
How The Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven Works!
Wolfgang Puck’s Pressure Oven Cooks Food Faster!
Wolfgang Puck’s Pressure Oven Makes Entertaining Easier!
Wolfgang Puck’s Pressure Oven Can Roast, Bake, and Rotisserie!
Wolfgang Puck’s Pressure Oven Bakes The Perfect Cinnamon Rolls!