If you’re good at spotting patterns, it’s probably little surprise that Adobe announced it’s semi-annual updates to their video apps this week, just in time for NAB 2019. Mid-cycle updates can be yawners from time to time, but this year’s new stuff packs quite a punch that will make you want to hit that Update button ASAP (but never in the middle of a project, amirite?).
Premiere Pro, After Effects, Character Animator, and Audition all saw sizable updates. Here are a few of the standout features to be on the lookout for.
After Effects: Content-Aware Fill
Holy crap, guys. This was first previewed way back at Adobe Max in 2017 as Project Cloak, but it’s finally done baking in the oven and ready for showtime. Years ago, folks were wowed by Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop, which gave users the ability to remove objects from photographs. Think of it like a self-aware, intelligent clone and stamp minion living in your software (cue Adobe Sensei theme song). Well, pulling off the same trick for video has been somewhat elusive, a digital white whale as it were, since (as we all know) even a 10-second video clip is made up of hundreds of pictures that are constantly changing.
Well, Adobe Sensei (or a roomful of programmers with massive brains) finally cracked the code and have delivered an object removal tool for video. Possibly the best part is how incredibly simple the interface and process is. Users will essentially just need to add masks to the object(s) they are trying to remove and click an analyze button… and wait. It’s not the fastest process on the planet, but when you see the results on the right clip, it’s very impressive.