Adobe Creative Cloud (Software Review)

MicroFilmmaker by Craig McDaniel

Here we go again; Adobe is unleashing its latest product line for creative types and some of the new features are going to blow your mind.

What’s the catch? You have to conform to Adobe’s new content delivery standards. Gone are the days when you could purchase a software license to use as you please, for years to come if need be. Now we have gone from “buying” a license to “renting” one. Creative Cloud offers an online account that features Adobe’s vast collection of products. Subscribing allows access for a lower price than buying software outright used to be. But the option of buying the software outright is now gone, replaced by a monthly subscription fee, this is a serious consideration for our readers.

Award of SuperiorityThe goal here is to give a rundown of what the latest from Adobe offers and how it can directly impact low budget filmmaking. The entire Adobe collection offers software for creators who work with photos, video, design and web content. This review will focus on the Cloud integration of Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and SpeedGrade CC – Along with connections to Photoshop CC, Audition CC, Prelude CC, and Story CC Plus. While this is a more general review of how the Creative Cloud works together, you can read my standalone review of Photoshop CC, as well as Mark Colegrove’s standalone reviews of Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC.

Ease of Use

In my opinion, anyone with basic knowledge of modern computer software will be able to pick up most of these programs quickly with some legitimate effort. Using the program is one thing; getting the results you want is another. That’s going to take some time and skill on the user’s part. read more...

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