22nd October 2017
Adobe have released the latest version of their video applications. Premiere Pro has new VR capabilities, can open multiple projects at once, has some titling improvements and Adobe's collaboration tool, Team projects, is no longer beta.
Adobe Speedgrade has not has an update as it is officially toast now and does not even appear on the list of installable apps any more. It is possible to install Speedgrade but you have to delve into the depths of the Adobe CC application and tick a box that says "show old applications" for it to appear on the list.
There are a variety of videos available from Adobe explaining the new features. An interesting interview with Adobe bigwig, Bill Roberts, can be seen here:
Your Adobe CC app should be prompting you to install the updates and as a default will remove your old versions. Also once a project is opened and converted in the latest version it will not open in the previous version.
No support for Dolby digital audio on Windows 7 any more
This is quite a big one IMO and something I did not realise until seeing some reaction on the forums. Adobe have stopped supporting Dolby Digital audio natively and use the support built-into the operating system. This is OK for people using Windows 10, but Windows 7 did not have native Dolby support. The net upshot is if you install CC2018 onto a Windows 7 system and try to load clips which use Dolby Digital - like AVCHD you get an error message telling you to go off an get a Microsoft media pack, which will not install on your system unless you have bought it. So essentially you cannot use CC2018 on Windows 7 with these kinds of clips.
I could not quite believe that a bit change like this would appear and Adobe would not warn you before installing the new versions and removing the old ones, so I set up a Windows 7 system from scratch to try it and it is true! You should be able to go back to CC2017 or earlier and it will load Dolby files, although some users have said this does not work for them.
How to do you go back to CC2017?
Normally you would do this through the CC app, but Adobe only list CC and CS6 as the two options. They have therefore supplied links to download stand-alone installers for the CC2017 versions of the applications that you can get from here:
Adobe's "fix" for not being able to load Dolby files on Windows 7 is to upgrade to Windows 10.
What do I think?
I don't sell this stuff any more so I can be free to offer an opinion and I have to say this kind of thing staggers me. I can understand switching to native o/s support if it is there because it is cheaper and the majority of users will probably have moved to Windows 10. But why cant you warn me of stuff like this before I install? Why do I have to trawl through hundreds of messages on the Adobe Forums to find out what major changes you have made without telling me? It happened when the direct link to Speedgrade disappeared, when the titler was changed and made into legacy and now Dolby sound. You produce lots of videos explaining the new features that are great, how about you explain some changes to old features a bit better so we can better decide whether to update or not.