I tested Premiere Pro CC during the 1 month grace period to decide if I should stick with it or go back to CS6. I wanted to love it, but after one month of frustration, I canceled my CC subscription.
Here are my top 5 reasons:
- CC ruins my workflow for adding default transitions. Instead of giving us new assignable keyboard shortcuts for adding the default video/audio transition to selected clips, and leaving our loved Ctrl-D/Ctrl-Shift-D shortcuts alone for adding default transitions to in/out points at the CTI, which would have been the sensible, respectful thing to do, Adobe went ahead and destroyed the workflow they themselves provided us year after year up until CC. The result? The amateur home-video editors that want to add a bunch of identical default transitions to several selected clips now have an easy way to do so. Professional editors who almost never need to do this, now have to remember to deselect clips every time they want to add a default transition to clips under the CTI. A royal PITA, and my biggest gripe with CC by far, especially considering how easy it would have been for Adobe to add this new feature while preserving/respecting our conventional workflow for adding transitions.
- CC has mile-high transitions that leave a ridiculously small amount of clickable real-estate to click-select the clip or edit point under the transition. To solve the 'problem' of small transitions in CS6 (I for one never had any trouble with the size of transitions prior to CC), Adobe swung the pendulum way too far in the other direction and created transitions the leave even less clickable real-estate to select the clip or edit point than there was for click-selecting transitions in CS6! Talk about a lack of self control and poor judgment!
- CC breaks all logic when drag-dropping clips from the Source Monitor to the Timeline. In Premiere Pro CC, the 'Drag Video Only' and 'Drag Audio Only' buttons in the Source Monitor no longer work as expected. If only video is Source Patched in the Timeline, drag-dropping the Source Monitor's image to the Timeline only drops the video portion of the clip. Drag-dropping a clip using the 'Drag Audio Only' button no longer works. The same applies vice versa when only audio is Source Patched. The 'Drag Video Only' button no longer works. The result? The interface no longer works as expected from CS6, while providing zero user benefits as far as I and others, and even Adobe reps can tell! For more info, see this thread.
- The 'Nudge Clip Selection Up/Down' commands introduced in CC are so ridiculously bad, it's flat out insulting to one's intelligence. When selecting clips and using the new commands, if you move video up a track, audio moves down a track, and vice versa. This goes against logic and editing conventions ever since NLE's were invented! The logical behavior would be for video and audio to move in tandem. Thus video up a track = audio up a track. The result of the current behavior? If an editor tries to move a video/audio clip up a track from V1/A1 using the new commands, the command simply doesn't work and reports at 'collision' on A1 (since it tries to move the audio from A1 to A0 which doesn't exist, rather than to A2, in sync with the video which would be moved to V2). How something this obviously flawed ever got released, I'll never know. More info in this thread.
- Multicam Angles and 'Preview' (now the Program Monitor) still occupy the same window. By occupying the same window, users can't: use full screen toggle for either the Program Monitor and/or the Multicam Angles, can't position the windows independently on two separate monitors, can't do any of limitless display configurations that would have been so easily achieved by putting Multicam Angles in their own window. Once again, this design choice is so illogical, it's hard to understand how it got released. More info in this thread.
As far as I know, new features released in an upgrade should always make a product better, not worse. However, Adobe released several new 'features' in CC that either make things worse (#1-3), don't work properly (#4), or don't provide any improvement over the flawed original design (#5).
Until Adobe cleans up its act and at the very least fixes these 5 aggravations that were added to CC, I'll be sticking with CS6. 'Join through edit' and the other little improvements made in CC are nice to have, but certainly don't justify putting up with new 'features' that actually make my workflow less productive. At least that's my view.
I certainly wouldn't consider myself Adobe's unhappiest customer (after all I'll stick with CS6 for now), but I'm probably one of the more vocal ones when it comes to dissatisfaction with some of the poor choices they make. IMO, Adobe stands most to learn from its vocal customers that speak up when something is wrong. So I hope they pay attention. As for sending official FRs, for those that don't know, I already have, probably well over 100 to date. But it seems that FRs aren't enough. So I'm sharing my thoughts here as well.