Adobe includes Frame.io collaboration software in Creative Cloud subscriptions

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Adobe announced on Tuesday that Creative Cloud subscriptions will now include Frame.io, its software designed for collaborating on video projects. It integrates the software into the latest versions of Premiere Pro and After Effects, which have their own updates – the company has given its video editing software a visual refresh, and its compositing software will finally be native to Apple Silicon.

Adobe bought Frame.io last year, so it makes sense to include the service in its video editing subscription. Frame.io makes collaboration easier for remote editors by allowing them to quickly upload footage or audio captured on set or on location and easily share draft edits for feedback or approval. The Frame.io subscription included with Creative Cloud will give users 100 GB of cloud storage that they can use to share media files with a collaborator.

Since bundling Frame.io with Creative Cloud, Adobe is also integrating it into new versions of Premiere and After Effects. Users will be able to log in to the service using their Adobe credentials and start using it in their editing software without having to install a separate plugin. At the moment this integration doesn’t bring a ton of new features – you can still export your timeline for people to review, download files from the cloud and see comments from Premiere, all the features that were available with a hook up. But it’s easy to imagine Adobe expanding its capabilities in the future now that most users will have access to it.

Along with the Frame.io integration, Adobe has also revamped a few aspects of Premiere Pro, changing the import and export screens to make them easier to navigate and more visually pleasing. While the update doesn’t bring huge feature changes, it should be a breath of fresh air for people who spend all day in the software. “Premiere has looked the same for a long, long time, and any new UI outside of the loading screen when you launch is exciting,” said Becca Farsace, a video pro at The edge. There’s also a new header bar that lets you easily access new import and export modes and change the workspace you’re using.

Adobe has also added automatic color correction to Premiere, which might be useful for new creators. It calls the Auto Color function and says it can work as a “first pass” by adding a Lumetri effect to your clip and setting the sliders where it thinks they should be. If you disagree or want to refine his decisions, you can do so without undoing the other color changes he made.

Adobe also announced that the latest version of After Effects, which will start rolling out on Tuesday, will be up to three times faster on Macs with the M1 family, thanks to native support from Apple Silicon.

The compositing software also gets some quality of life improvements: when using Draft 3D, you’ll be able to see what the 2D or 3D layers look like outside of the frame, whereas before you only saw an outline showing you the object boundaries. It also gets Premiere’s scene edit detection, which lets you drop a video and automatically split it into a new layer wherever there’s a cut. If you don’t want to end up with 50 layers, you can also have After Effects add markers to show you where the cuts are instead.

Being able to see outside of the shot could make cropping or animating a whole lot easier.
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