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Adobe has reentered the Professional software based editing world with
the new Premiere Pro 2.0; as a stand-alone program or as a tightly
woven member of the Adobe Production Studio.
and engineers at Adobe have been busy since the release of Premiere Pro
1.5 about two years ago. The full number upgrade is packed with new
features--many that bring Premiere Pro 2.0 into the realm of other
high-end editing programs and a few that project it beyond. We don't
have room to investigate the many new changes on these pages, but we'll
look at some of the major ones.
of the first differences experienced Premiere Pro users will notice is
in the GUI (graphic user interface). The new interface wastes no
desktop space and more importantly, eliminates overlapping windows.
Adobe now calls these windows "panels," which are dynamically attached
to each other. Making one panel bigger, say your Timeline, makes its
neighboring panels, for example the Source panel and the Program panel,
shrink. This, coupled with the ability to pull panels from one frame
and group them in another frame gives editors strong control of their
The most surprising, dare we say revolutionary, new
addition to this upgrade is called Clip Notes. If you need to share
footage with other editors and/or clients, Clip Notes is astonishing.
Imagine effortlessly embedding a video clip into a PDF file for easy
emailing. Now imagine the ability of the receiver to type in
frame-accurate comments into this optionally password-protected
document and email it back to you, the editor. You now import the Clip
Notes document into your sequence and your program generates markers at
the appropriate timecode locations on your timeline. We must admit,
this innovation caught us by surprise.
Adobe Bridge allows
editors to browse video and audio clips as well as Photoshop,
Illustrator and After Effects files in one central area. Bridge not
only lets one preview media such as AVI files directly in the Bridge
window, but it also lets users enter a host of metadata information
that makes searching for footage much easier. Organization is the name
of the game on big projects so we very much welcome this functionality.
Other major editing platforms take note. You can also drag media
straight from Bridge into the Project window.
that the After Effects coders and designers have been sharing notes
with the Premiere programmers, as many of the Premiere effects
interfaces closely resemble the After Effects GUI. From "twirly,"
triangle drop-down handles to BA?A©zier Handles for greater key frame
control; advanced effects users will surely embrace these changes.
Plus, if you're using the Production Studio, the powerful Adobe Dynamic
Link enables you to share various elements between AE and Premiere Pro.
For example, an animation designed in AE and imported into Premiere Pro
can be used without first rendering it in AE and can be changed in AE
with the changes porting over to Premiere Pro automatically. This will
speed up the workflow tremendously.
happy to see that Premiere Pro 2.0 had greater DVD creation tools from
within the editor than version 1.5. Now menus and submenus can be
created, animated backgrounds and looping background audio can be
added, a DVD Marker button appears in the DVD Layout interface for easy
menu marking and the program ships with a number of templates; not bad.
We would still prefer to author our DVDs in Encore DVD, but greater
control is now available in Premiere Pro 2.0.
The New Adobe
Title design layout took a bit to adjust to, but once we got accustomed
to the workflow, we were titling with ease. Template style choices for
quick and easy titles as well as more sophisticated tools should please
beginner through advanced users without needing to leave Premiere for
Conforming audio has been a bit of a sore issue
with Premiere users. 2.0 gives editors more, though not complete,
control on what gets conformed, where the conformed and original media
files live and new abilities to manage them. The conforming process was
introduced to give editors more latitude with their audio files but
having more say in this process is welcome..
editing interface supplies most of the audio needs of a video editor
can be found in Premiere's audio editing interface, but for those who
need deeper fine-tuning control, audio clips can be sent to Adobe
Audition with a simple menu pull-down command..
Encoder now comes with the ability to output Flash video (FLV), which
makes sense as Adobe recently made the hefty purchase of Macromedia. If
one considers that 98% of desktops around the world currently have
Flash Player installed (according to Adobe,) the overall high quality
of the compression and the ability to embed Flash Video directly into a
Web page, then this is a great feature.
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