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H.265 HEVC in Adobe Premiere Pro

H.265 HEVC encoding option in Adobe Premiere Pro

With Adobe’s latest release of Premiere Pro they quietly added the ability to encode your videos in the promising H.265 format, also known as HEVC. While the Interwebs pretty much runs on H.264, as 4K and 5K video is becoming more prevalent a more efficient codec is needed. HEVC touts to be able to encode video at twice the efficiency than H.264 and get equivalent visual quality. Is it true? Initial tests look very promising. What’s your experience with H.265? How long until all platforms support this codec?

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Imagine you’re on the road and all you have with you is your little Macbook Air. Your job is to edit a video in HD. Today. Another problem: all the source files are located at the producer’s studio – on the other side of the country. So you don’t have the source files with you and your notebook doesn’t have the horsepower to edit HD video anyway. This might not be a problem much longer, if Adobe Anywhere turns out to be as awesome as their demo video shows it to be.

I’m really quite excited about the prospects here. Adobe Anywhere will supposedly let us access shared media from practically anywhere in the world, and collaborate with others on the same project. All we need is a basic Internet connection. All the heavy lifting will be done by the server, not your editing machine. So maybe we can finally edit multiple HD streams on a notebook without wanting to jump off a bridge.

Imagine building a Adobe Anywhere server at your home base, having your clients dump their video source files on it, and you and your scattered team can go to town on it from wherever you are. At the same time. In full rez. On your laptops. You don’t have to download the source files, not even proxies. Nothing. You’ll use Premiere Pro and After Effects like you usually do. I envision cutting a multi stream feature on my Air while sitting on the beach (close to a hotel with decent WiFi, of course…), one hand on the keyboard and another on a mojito. Hmmm…

More good info on Adobe Anywhere can be found here , here, and here.

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color cast in videoAn easy to understand and simplified guide to controlling color casts in videos, courtesy of The article offers interactive before/after examples so you get a better idea of what’s going on. It uses its own REDCINE-X software as an example for sliders and color tools, but all professional NLEs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Final Cut Pro have similar tools.

White balancing, tints, color casts…if all this stuff is new to you (or you need a refresher, we all do), check it out.

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One question I get a lot is “what’s the perfect workstation for video editing?”. This usually results in about two hours of me blabbing on how it “all depends”, and terms like RAID, clock speed, and GPU acceleration get thrown around. In the end there really isn’t a “perfect” workstation, but there are a lot of things one can look out for to get optimal performance. It really does depend on a lot of factors, like what type of formats you’ll be editing mostly, which NLE you use, and so on. But today I’d like to talk about just one specific workflow – for those using Adobe CS5.

This is quite a different thing from all the other NLEs because of one single factor: Mercury Playback Engine.

Until recently I wasn’t truly aware of  how much of a difference MPE makes. Sure, when I first installed CS5 on my workstations last year (on the day CS5 came out. I couldn’t wait to try out this mysterious Mercury-thing…) I was beyond impressed. Multiple compressed video streams plus color correction plus footage resizing plus stacks of effects, and the whole thing still plays in real time and at full resolution, where with CS4 the same project – on the same machine – would have been a nightmare to edit that involved proxy files or at the very least a lot of  very jerky playback, freezes, and a lot of crashing and cursing.

But there is always the feeling that things could go even faster and smoother by upgrading the chip or the drive arrays, or…


Comments Off on Thoughts on Final Cut Pro, Media Composer, Premiere Pro

I get the occasional email or tweet about which NLE (non-linear editing program) I think is the best, Apple’s Final Cut Pro, AVID’s Media Composer, or Adobe’s Premiere Pro.

That’s like asking which car is the best and the answer is the same: there is no “best” NLE, each one has its pros and cons but, most importantly, they all do pretty much the same in pretty much the same way.

Read more about some of the pros and cons to consider for each program, and why ultimately any of the three major programs will do what you want provided you put the time in to really learn about properly using your NLE of choice.

Answer to emails about jumping on Mac

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Got some emails and tweets asking me if I’m jumping over to the Mac as my main platform since a lot of my recent posts were  Apple/Mac related.

The answer is NO. All my main editing and production equipment is Windows (Windows 7 mostly) based.  I do have a Macbook Pro and have made that my mobile admin and communication device, and I use it to troubleshoot some of my client’s Mac systems, and for cross platform compatibility testing.

While I do have Final Cut Pro and Compressor on the Mac I’m not using it other than to help FCP using clients out, or to convert the occasional Apple proprietary footage.

Thanks to everyone who asked!

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Premiere Pro update 4.1.0Fire up your favorite Adobe CS4 application and rejoice – the long anticipated update to Premiere Pro is here (4.1.0), along with updates to Adobe Media Encoder and After Effects.

Premiere Pro 4.1.0 has been expected to be released late May of this year so Adobe is pretty close. This update is important as is (supposedly) addresses numerous severe problems with Premiere Pro CS4.

We’ll see after a few weeks of using this new version if the update actually fixes these problems. Without going into too much detail (plenty of hate threads online about this) Premiere Pro CS4 was definitely not what it could have been and what it should have been.

Maybe…hopefully…today will change that.

Installation Notes

Adobe’s updater is notorious for being crap. Don’t get frustrated if your downloads or (more likely) installation of the updates fails on the first try. Simply go here to manually download and install all the latest Adobe fixes.

You also need to close all Adobe programs and probably manually kill the “processcoordinationserver.exe” process via the Task Manager.

Good luck and let me know about your experiences with these new updates.

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Free Video CutterSometimes you want to trim a video clip but don’t want to open up your NLE (Non-Linear Editor, like Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid, etc.) for that.

Boilsoft Video Splitter and Free Video Cutter

A simple task such as cutting a clip in two or more parts shouldn’t be so hard but the number of decent video splitters online is astoundingly small. Most of the free splitters I’ve tried are pure junk. Even spending money on a splitter isn’t a guarantee that it’ll do what you want it to. I usually use the Boilsoft splitter because it doesn’t re-encode whatever I’m splitting. So that’s great for making clips out of large movies: it’s very fast and retains the quality.

If you’re building clips for galleries or online promos and just need to split and not edit anything, the Boilsoft splitter is decent. Not always entirely frame accurate but okay for most tasks. It’s not free but because it doesn’t re-encode and handles WMV, MPEG, AVI and other files very well it might be worth it.

Now there’s also the Free Video Cutter.

As the name implies, the Free Video Cutter trims down your movie and saves it in either MPEG4, WMV, FLV, DivX, MOV, or MP3 (Audio only). It’s a very basic application but it’s free and reasonably fast.

Free Video Cutter Notes

It seems to re-encode the clips, even if the output format doesn’t change from the input format. And it uses the old WMV8 codec (Four CC code: wmv2) to encode to WMV. WMV9 is the standard these days, it looks better and is more efficient. I wouldn’t use the Free Video Cutter to encode to WMV, unless the video quality isn’t absolutely critical to you. Still, for a cheap and easy quick video trim job this tool might be your ticket.

TIP: before you do anything, click the “Options” button and check the “Don’t create video thumbs” box. Depending on your system, FVC takes quite a while to create these thumbnails. Kinda defeats the purpose of super quick trimming, ya know.

Download Free Video Cutter (free)

Download Boilsoft Video Splitter (not free)

Both are for Windows programs and they work on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (yes!)

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Good news for those who followed my Market7 review from a few weeks ago.

Today I received an email from Brian Baumley announcing several different subscription packages including – get this – a FREE one. He wrote:

(…)   Market7 ( is introducing a variety of subscription packages (including free!) for its online video collaboration services to fit any budget or scale. Today, anyone can visit to get started with free to premium access to a comprehensive suite of collaborative tools that address the entire video production process, from pre to post.

So go check out Market7 right now. If you can’t remember what it is, check out the details about Market 7 here.

The free subscription is really meant for you to try this out to see if it fits your flow. It’s limited in storage allowance and number of Admins but it’ll give you a good idea of its capabilities. Enjoy!

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Market7 Review

Remember I told you about a tool for video editors, production teams, and clients that got me quite excited? Today I am happy to share with you my thoughts on Market7, a production collaboration service that works entirely online. Nothing to install and it works regardless if you or anyone you work with are on a Mac or PC.

Market7 Review

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