With the annual NAB media show coming up, Adobe has rolled out its spring update for the Creative Cloud video and audio apps, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and Character Animator.

After Effects now comes with a new Content-Aware Fill function for video which works pretty much in the same away as the still image version in Photoshop. Users can select an object in the footage that they want removed and Content-Aware Fill does the job automatically, filling in the background.

Premiere Pro now features a new Freeform Project panel that lets you organize clips into select shots, making it easier to build and visualize project ideas. In addition text and graphics alignment is made easier through rulers and guides as well as guide templates that can be shared between After Effects and Premiere Pro. Adobe has also managed to speed up mark tracking. The company says this will make color and effects workflows more efficient. H.264 and HEVC encoding has been optimized for smoother playback in Premiere Pro and After Effects.

In After Effects users have now a an Expressions Editor at their disposal. It was designed with advanced users in mind, for examining code visually and comes with features such as syntax highlighting, line numbers, matching brace highlighting, and code folding.

In Character Animator puppet rigging has been improved to give more personality to characters and new Twitch live-streaming triggers allow for enhanced livestream performances, allowing viewers to engage with characters using real-time costume changes, dance moves, gestures, and poses.

As usual, there are also a range of general bug fixes and performance improvements. All improvements and new features are described in more detail on the Adobe blog. The updates are available now.