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Premiere Pro CC 14.5 Update: ProRes RAW Native, H.264/HEVC Decode

Premiere Pro gets native support for ProRes RAW with both Nvidia and AMD GPUs on both MacOS and Windows

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Adobe just released Premiere Pro version 14.5 update with major improvements to playback and hardware decoding of H.264 and HEVC 4K footage, as well as native import of ProRes RAW with both AMD and Intel GPUs.

At this year’s Adobe MAX 2020 online conference, Adobe unveiled the latest updates to their Creative Cloud suites. After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro are among those getting some major updates. 

Faster Playback/Hardware Decode with AMD and NVIDIA GPUs on Windows

Furthermore, new features in the latest October 2020 Premiere Pro CC version 14.5 update includes Colour Management for ARRI ProRes with embedded LUTs. This significantly streamlines the workflow in Premiere.

In addition, editors working with HDR workflows can replace Rec.709 SDR LUTs with HLG LUTs.

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New Features in Premiere Pro CC – October 2020 Update (version 14.5)

  • H.265 (HEVC) and H.264 hardware decoding
    • using AMD and NVIDIA GPUs in Windows
  • Faster audio pre-roll in Premiere Pro 
  • Native import for ProRes RAW with both Intel and AMD GPUs
    • for both Windows and MacOS
  • ProRes RAW to LOG colour space conversion in Premiere
  • Support for Rec2100 PQ colour working space
  • Colour Management for ARRI ProRes

HDR workflows with Rec.2100 PQ Support

Editors can now work in PQ colour working space in the latest Premiere Pro v14.5 update. The list of current HLG and PQ (HDR) supported codecs includes Apple ProRes and Sony XAVC Intra (currently HLG only).

However, they are now both fully colour managed and GPU accelerated throughout the HDR pipeline in Premiere Pro.

Colour Managed Codecs in Premiere Pro (October 2020):

  • Apple ProRes 422 HQ / 4444 in .MOV wrapper
    • using HLG and PQ 
  • Sony XAVC-Intra: Class 100, 200, 300, 480 (.MXF) in HLG
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Import ProRes RAW on Windows with Intel and AMD GPUs

In the latest October 2020 update to Premiere Pro, editors can import ProRes RAW across both MacOS and Windows with all major GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD. 

ProRes RAW has been gaining significant momentum thanks to Atomos, who are now supporting about 20 cameras with their excellent Ninja V and Shogun 7 HDR recorder/monitors.

With recently added features and workflow enhancements in Premiere Pro, video creators, cinematographers, and editors can be more creative and flexible than ever with ProRes RAW content.

Getting started with ProRes RAW in Premiere Pro is as simple as shooting with a compatible camera, using the HDR tools on the Atomos Ninja V to expose correctly, record ProRes RAW to SSD and then dock and drop the footage straight onto the timeline in Premiere Pro. 

Head over to Adobe’s website here to read more about the latest October 2020 updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects and the rest of the Creative Cloud suite.

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