Is the future of AI-powered video editing a good thing — or a bad thing?
That is the question, and the answer really comes down to you and your thoughts on your role in post-production. For some video editors, any new tools to help streamline the editing process are more than welcomed. They save time and resources and let editors work faster, smarter, and cheaper.
For others though, it means the days of the specialized roles in post-production might be numbered. After all, who needs to send a project off to a color grader when a single editor can just push an “auto” button?
All that being said, the future of machine learning as a workflow tool for video editors is here — for better or for worse. So let’s take a look at Adobe Sensei, what it currently offers editors, and how that might change in the future.
What is Adobe Sensei
For those not familiar, Adobe Sensei is Adobe’s AI and machine learning tool aimed at making life easier for all those using any of the apps within Adobe’s creative cloud. To date, most of its roles have to do with just eliminating time — whether that be with searching for stock photos or tagging videos. It’s really about organizing, editing, and producing tasks with the goal of freeing you up to focus on the creative.
For video editors, you might only experience Adobe Sensei in basic apps like Premiere Rush or Photoshop, or more sophisticated ones like Adobe Dimension or Character Animator. Sensei might even be doing tasks you’re not even aware of, as Adobe has always been working behind the scenes to streamline your workflows — this is just now with the added benefit of AI.
Adobe Sensei for Video Editing
As far as video editing goes, there are some features and tools within Adobe Premiere Pro that utilize Adobe Sensei. Here are three of the biggest which you might recognize.
1. Morph Cut
A great tool for working with interviews and talking head videos, morph cut will help clean up awkward phrases without the need to cut to B-Roll or a second camera shot. It’s not a perfect tool, but if you’re working with footage that is static and consistent, it can sometimes be the perfect trick to meld together two shots which audiences will never notice.
2. Scene Edit Detection
The Scene Edit Detection is another Adobe Sensei tool which helps to streamline your editing process (as well as possibly take out the role of an assistant editor for some). This function is a quick way to automatically cut up your scenes for you.
For example, if you cut a long video together but you want to recut it for a shorter version, this tool will detect the shot changes and scene breaks and put in your cuts for you — freeing you up to move things around as you see fit.
3. Auto Reframe
Probably one of the most helpful — if not at least the coolest — tools powered by Adobe Sensei in Premiere Pro is the Auto Reframe feature. This can help reframe and change your footage with the simple click of a button.
For example, if you have a video shot and edited in horizontal 16:9 but need to change it to tall 9:16 for different social uses, Auto Reframe will automatically identify focal points of action in your shots and re-adjust your footage into the new format.
Now, it’s not always perfect, But as a time-saving feature which works more often than not, it can be a huge help to your editing process and workflow.
The Future of Machine Learning
Ultimately, Adobe Sensei and other AI-powered apps are going to continue to make significant strides in the world of video editing. While some editors might choose to rally against any new changes, it doesn’t usually make sense to stand in the way of progress.
However, while machine learning apps like Adobe Sensei are increasing workflow speeds, they’re not quite replacing post-production roles outright. Instead, we’re mostly getting great opportunities for open-minded video editors to work faster and smarter — which ultimately opens you up to take on more work as the video industry as a whole continues to grow.
NEW & Updated!
Edit smarter with Larry’s latest training, all available in our store.