Speech-to-text and native M1 performance on Mac now available in Premiere Pro

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Speech-to-text in Premiere Pro gives YouTubers all the tools they need to make video with subtitles the new standard.

This post was written by Eric Philpott and originally appeared on Adobe blog on July 20, 2021.

Content creators know that captions are critical to engaging viewers on social platforms as most videos are muted. Until now, however, the options for adding subtitles to videos have been too imprecise, time-consuming, or expensive. Now available, Speech to Text in Premiere Pro gives YouTubers all the tools they need to make video with subtitles the new standard. With Speech to Text, Premiere Pro is the only non-linear editing system (NLE) that offers an integrated and automated workflow for creating transcriptions and subtitles. Speech-to-text is on average 5x faster than other subtitling workflows and is included for subscribers at no additional cost.

There’s more in the July release to help creators work faster and deliver great videos. Native support for Macs with M1 in Premiere Pro, Media Encoder and Character animator, speeds up these apps on the latest Macs. New text and graphics features give storytellers more creative tools for titles and captions. There are improvements in collaboration, color, and performance throughout the release and in the public beta. After Effects (Beta) introduces powerful new multi-frame rendering capabilities for faster motion graphics workflows, and new features in Character Animator (Beta) pave the way for more creatives to jump into animation.


Read the Pfeiffer report on productivity gains through speech-to-text.

Speech-to-text in Premiere Pro

In the attention market, the value of captions is indisputable. Research shows that viewers Watch videos with subtitles longer and better remember content, including ads. Videos with associated transcription files such as SRT are ranked higher in search results because they are easier to find in search engines (SEO). Subtitles also make videos more accessible: every fifth all over the world live with some degree of hearing loss. Modern developers know the importance of signing their videos, but the process has been tedious and slow, with editors having to either create their subtitles manually or switch between different services and applications for different tasks.

Premiere Pro changes all of this so that users can complete every step of the closed captioning workflow in their video editing application. Speech to Text can save hours and automate time-consuming tasks while still giving the user full creative control over the results. According to a new Pfeiffer report, the use of speech-to-text and the new subtitle workflow in Premiere Pro cuts the time it takes to transcribe and subtitle a 5-minute video by 75 percent, saving an editor 52 minutes. And there are other time-saving benefits, such as new ways to find and navigate video sequences: double-click a word in the text window and the playhead moves to that position on the Premiere Pro timeline.

Speech-to-Text supports 13 languages, and Early Access users around the world have confirmed the impressive accuracy of their transcriptions. If changes are required, such as For example, correcting the spelling of names, users can easily edit the text in the transcript. When the transcript is complete, Speech to Text automatically creates subtitles on the timeline and leverages the power of Adobe Sensei machine learning to match the pace of human speech. Once the words are on the timeline, the labels can be customized using the design tools in the Essential Graphics panel.

Speech to Text is included with Premiere Pro or Creative Cloud All Apps subscriptions at no additional cost, making it easy and efficient for Premiere Pro users to add value to their video content.

Premiere Pro on M1-powered Macs

Premiere Pro and Adobe video apps allow editors and content creators to take advantage of the latest Mac hardware so they can keep up in a fast-paced world. With native support for M1 on the Mac, Premiere Pro runs almost 80 percent faster than comparable Intel-based Macs (see Premiere Pro on Apple M1: The results are there). When users upgrade to M1-powered Macs, Premiere Pro is ready for them. Along with Premiere Pro, the July release includes M1 support for Media Encoder and Character Animator. Premiere Rush and Auditionreceived M1 support in April and May, respectively. And M1 support for After Effects will roll out in public beta later this year. After Effects integration features in Premiere Pro, such as Dynamic Link and Motion Graphics templates, have already been optimized for M1-powered Macs.

Find out more about what’s new in Premiere Pro 15.4 and Character Animator 4.4.

Multi-frame rendering in After Effects (Beta)

Multi-frame rendering modernizes the After Effects architecture to take advantage of multi-core CPUs for up to three times faster performance. After Effects (Beta) added multi-frame rendering for previews, which provides faster on-screen rendering and an overall more responsive experience. In addition, With Speculative Preview, After Effects automatically detects when your system is idle and uses this time to render compositions. For more information on the latest multi-frame rendering capabilities, see the latest After Effects blog post.

Body Tracker and Puppet Maker in Character Animator (Beta)

More and more creators are discovering how animated content increases engagement and builds audiences – as demonstrated by the growth of animation on platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and others. To capitalize on this trend, powerful new public beta features make animation easier to get started and make the workflow faster and more fun for everyone.

Body Tracker (in public beta), powered by Adobe Sensei: With Character Animator, creators can use their body movements and gestures to animate their puppets for the first time, even if they are completely new to animation or keyframing. Move for the camera and your puppet will move with you.

Puppet Maker (in public beta) enables entertaining, fast and varied character creation for everyone – you don’t have to be an expert Photoshop or illustrator User, and no rigging skills are required. Choose from a variety of drawing styles. Then, using the simple interface, start customizing the character by choosing hairstyles, skin tones, accessories, and more.

With native support for M1-powered Macs, a real-time application is now even faster and delivers workstation-class performance on the latest Macs. Importing puppets and graphics is twice as fast and switching between workspaces in Character Animator is up to three times faster than comparable Macs of the previous generation.

Discover new features in the public beta

The public beta gives you the opportunity to test new features while they’re still being developed – and share your feedback with Adobe product teams. Key features now available in Public Beta include new import and export workflowsin Premiere Pro (Beta), Multi-frame rendering capabilities in After Effects (Beta) and new features in Character Animator (Beta) that make animation more accessible to creators. Install beta builds from the Beta tab in Creative Cloud Desktop.

Try Speech to Text today

Speech-to-Text is available in Premiere Pro 15.4 starting today. Update from the Creative Cloud desktop app and Try Speech to Text, the new styling tools for titles and captions in the “Essential Graphics” panel; and performance improvements such as faster recognition of scene edits, powered by Adobe Sensei. If you’re using an M1-powered Mac, you’ll experience Premiere Pro and Character Animator on the latest hardware.

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