Today Adobe launched Adobe Creative Cloud, with many new features for Premiere Pro and other apps in the suite. We've been playing about with it for a while and our apps are largely compatible (also due to our recent policy of trying to make our tools as app-agnostic as possible).
Here is a list of useful information you need to know when using our products with the new version.
Cut Notes works a lot better with Premiere Pro CC and it is our preferred version of Premiere to use with the app. It does not require a plugin and you also gain remote playback capabilities from the iPad.
You can read a guide to setting it up here.
Preference Manager is not compatible with the Creative Cloud apps but we have an update in the works that will support them along with some new features too. This is being targeted for release within the next few weeks.
Plugin Manager does not display plugins for Adobe CC apps. This will be addressed in the next update.
Post Haste does not have blank Premiere Pro CC project file templates but is otherwise compatible.
Any app we haven't listed works the same with the new version as it did before.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC now supports control surfaces, allowing us to significantly improve integration with Cut Notes. Plugins are no longer needed (although we will keep the plugin on our site for CS 6 users) and you can now control playback directly from the iPad.
Here's how to set it up:
1. Launch Audio MIDI Setup (in /Applications/Utilities) and double-click Network to open the MIDI Network Setup window (you may need to go to Window > Show MIDI Window first to see this).
2. Under My Sessions, click the + button and name your new session Cut Notes.
3. In Cut Notes, setup your project and then tap the cut to go to the note-taking view. Tap the sync button next to the timecode and choose MIDI.
4. The iPad will now appear in the Directory section of the MIDI Network Setup window. Select it and click Connect. (Make sure the rest of the options look like the screenshot too.)
5. In Premiere CC, go to Premiere Pro > Preferences > Control Surfaces. Click Add, then select Mackie.
6. Click Settings, select Mackie Control and click Edit (or Add if the window is empty). Then set Device Type to Mackie Control and the MIDI input and output devices to Network Cut Notes.
7. Close preferences and scrub or play your timeline. The timecode should appear in the Cut Notes window and you should be able to control playback with the buttons on the device.
We've just released Pro Versioner 2.0.9, a minor update to our project backup tool.
You can now look for specific folders whenever a drive is inserted and automatically import matching project files into Pro Versioner.
When dragging a folder into the Projects pane, Pro Versioner will now ask you if you want to import every file in the folder or just a subset of file types. Pro Versioner is app-agnostic so you can add any type of project file to the list.
We had several users contact us with reports of duplicate projects in Pro Versioner when using Event Manager X to move projects and events around. This problem occurs when watch folders are poorly configured. We have added the Event Manager folders to a blacklist so it now won't back them up, but we would encourage users with this issue to reconfigure their watch folder settings.
For best results, watch folders should be set to the latest possible parent in the chain, and it is more efficient to create multiple watch folders than try to encompass everything in a single entry. For example, the optimal configuration for FCPX is two entries:
1. ~/Movies/Final Cut Events, watching .fcpevent files
2. ~/Movies/Final Cut Projects, watching .fcpproject files
This is more efficient than watching the Movies directory for both types of files or, worse, watching the entire drive. These watch folders are automatically set when using the FCPX presets.
You may also wish to setup the same two watch folders in the lower view for automatically importing from inserted drives too, which you can easily do with the presets.
The full changelog is here.
Pro Versioner is a comprehensive backup tool for your project files, featuring screenshots, annotations and cloud redundancy. To find out more, view the feature list, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the free 15-day trial.
We've just released a major update to our Kollaborate cloud workflow platform.
The Relationship Editor allows you to specify the relationship between two files. For example, you might upload a playable H.264 copy of a movie but also include a high-resolution ProRes version of the same clip for the recipient to work on. To help the other person find the file and know that it is a higher resolution copy of the same movie, you could enter the Relationship Editor for the H.264 file, browse for the ProRes copy and set the relationship as "Higher quality version". (All relationships are two-way so you can do it the opposite way around too.)
There are a wide range of relationship statuses including "Alternate version", "Foreign language version", "With text" / "Without text", "Temp audio" / "Final audio", etc. This is a very powerful feature that allows users to assign context to their files and also will allow Kollaborate in future to automatically deliver the most appropriate file to the user depending on the situation.
You can now reply to a comment. This was a much-requested feature we're glad to deliver.
Tasks are now color-coded depending on their status. Pending tasks appear red, in-progress tasks appear orange and completed tasks appear green.
Task indicators now appear in the comments view to allow you to see the tasks connected to a comment. The indicators are color-coded, allowing you to easily see which notes still need to be addressed. Note: existing tasks will not show up in the list; this only applies to tasks created from now on.
There's a new update to Kollaborate Transfer too. This allows you to automatically email links to a list of users upon successful upload and also now optimizes images for compatibility with the site. Other changes include more descriptive error messages and the ability to double-click a completed file to launch it in your web browser.
Other small changes include:
We've just released Cut Notes 2.0.3, a minor update to our iPad note-taking app.
We've overhauled timecode and playback sync with Kollaborate and you will need to use this version to sync with the site from now on.
This is more of an under-the-hood change so there aren't many user-facing differences, however you now need to press sync in the browser first and then sync in Cut Notes. Another advantage is that you no longer need to be on the same network and it should be better at negotiating firewalls. It also paves the way for some great features in future.
We've also implemented Kollaborate live comments, which means that comments other users make in their web browsers, CinePlay or other copies of Cut Notes will appear instantly in the Notes view of your device.
Cut Notes now has the option to auto-pause playback when you type, allowing you to focus on what you're typing and not lose your place in the cut. This is supported in manual sync mode (no sync source) and any sync source that can control playback - Kollaborate, Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Premiere CC and Adobe Audition. This setting is off by default and can be switched on under the Cut Notes section of the iOS Settings app.
These are the major features; you can read the full changelog here.
We've just released CinePlay 1.1.2, a minor update for our professional iOS video player.
The iPad version of CinePlay now supports live comments in Kollaborate, meaning that comments on the same video from other people instantly show up as markers on your timeline, and any markers you create in CinePlay will appear instantly for other people using CinePlay or viewing the video in their web browser.
This feature had already been rolled out for users of the web version of the site and will be coming to Cut Notes users in the next update.
We've also made several other changes to the app which will result in improved performance on slower devices and fixed a couple of UI glitches on the iPhone. The full changelog is here.
CinePlay is an essential tool for dailies review and client feedback, especially when coupled with our Kollaborate cloud workflow solution. To find out more, view the feature list, read the user manual or watch the overview video.
One thing we heard loud and clear at NAB this year was the desire for a local version of Kollaborate that companies could run on their in-house servers and storage, so immediately after the show we bumped Kollaborate Server up the priority list. The software is now nearing completion and we are looking for companies to help test it.
Kollaborate is our cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files, gather feedback and manage your team in the cloud. It also integrates tightly with Digital Rebellion apps like Cut Notes, CinePlay and Post Haste, with the eventual plan being to tie it in with every app we make. You can find out more about the feature set at www.kollaborate.tv.
Kollaborate Server is aimed at businesses so we're looking for companies willing to test the software locally within their facility. You will need a dedicated computer running Apache, MySQL and PHP on OS X or Linux. Setup should not be difficult for anyone familiar with setting up a webserver and detailed instructions will be provided.
If you're interested in taking part, please contact us with a little bit of information about your company including which operating system you'll be running it on and approximately how many users will be connecting to it.
We've just released another major update to our cloud workflow platform Kollaborate with some much-requested features.
You now have more control over the individual actions of users in the project. You can override the permissions set by the user's department position to assign or deny admin status, and can control whether the user can upload, view or delete files.
As well as department-level sandboxing, you can now set permissions on a file-by-file basis. You can approve or deny access to individuals, departments or everyone. You can combine permissions to deny access to everyone except certain people, or deny access to a department except for certain people in that department.
Kollaborate continues to advance at a rapid pace (we make daily updates) and we're about 75% through our list of tasks to complete before the beta status can be removed. We are working on integrating the cloud with all of our applications (we currently support Cut Notes, CinePlay and Post Haste) and are actively working on a local server edition that will be released in a few weeks.
There are many digital asset management and workflow tools nowadays but we've taken a different path and roadmap to everyone else and the response so far has been extremely positive. Try it out today at kollaborate.tv.
We've just released a beta of Post Haste 2.5 for Mac.
This version has basic Kollaborate integration. To set it up, go to the Kollaborate tab in preferences, enter your login information and click Authorize.
Now whenever you create a new project on your local hard drive, a copy will be created in the cloud. You can choose to recreate the entire folder structure or just create an empty project. Note: you must be logged into a Kollaborate trial or subscriber account for this to work.
We're keen to hear feedback on the best ways to integrate Kollaborate functionality into your existing Post Haste workflows so contact us with your requests.
Last week we released Pro Maintenance Tools 2.0.14, a minor update to our flagship suite for maintaining, optimizing and troubleshooting your editing system.
As well as the usual bug fixes and updated Crash Analyzer definitions, we've also introduced a new feature to Plugin Manager. It is now possible to print a list of plugins to refer to when reinstalling your operating system. You could also use it to compare plugins between computers, but it is much easier to do that with Pro Admin.
You can see the entire list of changes here.
Pro Maintenance Tools is an essential toolkit for post production professionals that is used worldwide by freelancers and studios alike. To find out more view the full feature list, watch the video overview, read the user manual or download the free trial.