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Now in Beta: RGB channels viewer now available in Premiere Pro

Adobe Employee ,
Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26, 2024

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In Adobe Premiere Pro 24.4 beta, users will get option to view individual color channels (red, green, and blue) in gradient grayscale.

 

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Composite Video view of a frame of sample media in Program monitor

 

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Corresponding Red channel view of same frame of sample media in Program monitor

 

While adding value for all users in general, this will be super helpful for colorists, compositing artists, and final stage editors when they need to perform trouble shooting to evaluate specific video channels for noise compression artifacts, clipping, and camera sensor problems that are channel specific. Hence, it will definitely help the users to make better calls while making changes to individual color channels in the clips.

 

RGB channels viewer is available across Program monitor, Source monitor, and Reference monitor. To switch to individual channels view, users can use multiple options such as:

Option 1:

Click on Settings icon :wrench: available at bottom right of monitor and then choose RGBA Channels > Red/Green/Blue channel based on requirement.

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Option 2:

Perform Right click within monitor window and then choose Display Mode > Red/Green/Blue channel based on requirement.

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Option 3:

Keep the relevant monitor window in focus, navigate to top menu bar, and then choose View > Display Mode > Red/Green/Blue channel based on requirement.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26, 2024

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Thanks a lot for this basic but crucial feature. It works as advertised but I have some optimization suggestions.

 

1. It is not visible which channel is currently enabled. Perhaps a similar approach to After Effects is practical with a border of Red/Green/Blue or white for Alpha to indicate that that channel is currently enabled. Additionally/alternatively, since there is lack of awareness, adding some form of permanent text based info on which display mode is enabled below the viewer where timecode/zoom/playback res is located is required. Maybe a dropdown menu next to scale on the left or next to playback resolution on the right? This would also remove the need for navigating that massive wrench/right-click menu. (aside from assignable kbd shortcuts).

 

Example:

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2. Swapping display modes with keyboard shortcuts is a very common operation. However, compositors are really used to switching to a channel and then with the same key be able to switch back to RGB (Composite Video) mode. This is not the current behavior in Premiere so you'd have to add another kbd shortcut for that mode to jump back. After Effects, Fusion, Nuke work via this single key switch method so it would be welcome if Premiere follows suit.

 

3. While we're at it. Is there a specific reason RGB is called Composite Video? While maybe technically correct, if we'd like to streamline this with After Effects and the general concept of displaying channels it would make sense to rename it to RGB?

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Agree with all Shebbe suggestions.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26, 2024

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I agree with everything Shebbe said, but want to really highlight the significance of clearly displaying to the user that a single color channel is being displayed, and maybe even clicking on that UI element (colored box like AE is fine) resets the output to Composite RGB.  You don't want someone who accidently gets themselves into that mode to A-not realize why their video looks black and white, and B-no know how to get out of that mode.

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Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26, 2024

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4. I also notice that the order of the channels is not in line with the way it's named. You say RGBA but the options in the list is ARGB.  RGBA is the common order used everywhere else so it would make sense to swap those in the menus.

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5. In the wrench the option is called RGBA channels, separating it from Composite Video, Multicam etc. I get the idea but perhaps it makes more sense to just call it Channels? If in the future some form of multiple info channels become supported, calling it RGBA wouldn't cut it anymore.

 

Example from Resolve:

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6. It would make sense to put "Composite Video" (which I already suggested to rename to "RGB") inside the channels menu at the top (as seen in Resolve or After Effects) because it belongs to the same group/principle. Multicam and Comparison view are a different thing all together.

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Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26, 2024

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I agree with point 4, but in point 5 I would recommend against just calling it "Channels" as this could be assumed to mean audio channels, the way WAVs are viewed in the source monitor.  "Color Channels" or "Individual Color Channels" would be good, although I am not opposed to "Individual RGBA Channels" as it is very clear and specific.  For 6, I think "Composite Full Color Video" or "Composite RGB Video" is good to have outside the color channels menu, so it is easy to find, but I can also see the value of consistently keeping it in "Display Mode" to match the other two places it can be selected.  But "Display Mode" is very generic, so a clear visual communication that it is in single channel mode, that offers an easy way to switch back to Composite RGB, without searching through any of these menus, seems important to offer to the 90% of users who aren't ready to fully take advantage of this new advanced capability.

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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I get your point on the "Channels" name. However "Color Channels" would still only encapsulate RGB/A. If there is no desire to come up with a name that futureproofs it, I'd be fine with keeping the RGBA Channels naming instead 🙂

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Apr 30, 2024 Apr 30, 2024

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Shebbe & Mike are really posting good comments ... ahem!

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May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

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I agree with all the comments above and would also like to have the option to see RGBA values in a tooltip box while floating my cursor above the program monitor for better control in color correcting.

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