The wait is over! The new features and enhanced workflows announced for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, Adobe After Effects® CC, Adobe SpeedGrade™ CC, and Adobe Media Encoder CC. Check them out in detail here.

In the latest release, Adobe is making full use of OpenCL™ to tap AMD APUs, AMD Radeon™ graphics, and AMD FirePro™ professional graphics products to supercharge performance and to enable powerful and efficient new workflows. Some of the things that we are most excited about are:

  • OpenCL-enabled acceleration yields a smoother, more fluid experience when using the new pro features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC by intelligently balancing tasks between CPUs and GPUs for optimal performance.

  • The new Direct Link Color Pipeline in SpeedGrade CC lets you open Adobe Premiere Pro CC projects directly in SpeedGrade CC. That means you can do your color grading and then go directly back to Adobe Premiere Pro CC for additional edits with no rendering. With the ability to also playback and execute enhancements on all OpenCL-accelerated edits and effects, this streamlined workflow eliminates the time-consuming intermediary steps of rendering out your Adobe Premiere Pro CC project and then importing the flattened file. The new Lumetri deep color engine is also now optimized using OpenCL acceleration to support real-time performance within SpeedGrade CC.

  • Now Adobe Media Encoder CC can provide users with a more streamlined workflow by directly opening Premiere Pro CC projects. OpenCL enables Adobe Media Encoder CC users to leverage the Mercury Playback Engine, independent of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and take advantage of AMD GPU acceleration to reduce CPU demand and enable fast transcoding for all of their media conversion needs. This is further enhanced by the ability to apply effects, including color grading, from within Adobe Media Encoder CC rather than having to go to Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

In this video, Dave Helmly from Adobe offers a great overview of the updated feature set and the amazing impact  OpenCL has on the entire production workflow. He takes a look at the new multi-cam pipeline and shows off 5 layers of video running back flawlessly across two monitors! He then shows off the new overlay feature that puts a wealth of information at your fingertips so you can work faster and more effectively. You can tell that he is very excited about the addition of support for CinemaDNG—thanks to OpenCL integration this is the first time Adobe has had direct graphics card support for such a high capability camera codec and the resulting playback is incredibly smooth.



There is a tremendous amount of work going on all the time to improve the Adobe video production pipeline thanks to the close collaboration between AMD and Adobe. Now there is a unique chance to peek behind the curtains and see how the teamwork between the companies leads to powerful advances. Adobe has sessions and is a sponsor of our upcoming AMD Developer Summit, APU13, the Epicenter of Heterogeneous Computing, in San Jose November 11-13. With an expected audience of more than 1,000 from around the globe, APU13 will gather together game developers, technology leaders, academics and start-up investors.


Highlights include keynotes from premier technology companies - AMD, ARM, DICE, Mediatek, Imagination, Oculus VR, Oracle and Sony - along with 140 technical sessions covering topics like Security, Next-Generation Gaming and Cloud Computing. Industry leaders will also participate in our first-ever Gaming Summit, Innovation Summit and HSA Expo.


Adobe engineering experts will be speaking on several of our latest collaborative efforts. You can check out the full agenda at  Come to APU13 for a chance to win* one of the Adobe® Creative Cloud™ memberships provided by Adobe that gives you access to all Adobe Creative Cloud products for a full year! Here are the Adobe-led sessions:


  • Advanced GPU Accelerated Video Editing—will look at how the GPU-accelerated Mercury Playback Engine taps into the massive computational power available on modern GPUs to work with larger frame sizes, more complicated timelines, and remove time consuming renders. This is a unique chance to learn how the complicated rendering pipeline was ported to OpenCL and why it is important.

  • Smart Sharpen using OpenCL in Adobe® Photoshop® CC—will be an in-depth session about the new sharpen and denoise algorithm that was made possible through OpenCL. This enhancement reduces the halo effect and suppresses the visual noise we have come to associate with sharpening. The impact of OpenCL on the process is breathtaking. Hear how moving to OpenCL impacts the speed of the pipeline versus SSE and TBB optimized CPU versions.

  • DRM: From Software Secrets to Hardware Protection— will cover the evolution of DRM, from software protection to hardware protection. It will cover the early techniques that enabled music and video distribution to legally occur post Napster and will conclude with an overview of the project that Adobe and AMD have been working on that provides hardware protection for high definition video content.

There is a lot more on the near horizon from the Adobe-AMD relationship that we can’t wait to share with you. Keep an eye on this blog for more in the coming weeks.




Clarice Simmons is a Senior Marketing Manager at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.


*Attendees of the AMD Developer Summit can enter for a chance to win a 1 year membership for the Adobe Creative Cloud by by completing 7 or more session surveys by 6:00 PST, Wednesday, November 13.


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