Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the availability of a free HDV plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, its professional video editing software. The HDV plug-in expands IEEE-1394 support in Adobe Premiere Pro, enabling the software to work directly with the HDV format and HDV-capable cameras such as Sony's HDR-Z1 and HDR-FX1. Adobe Premiere Pro users can now capture, edit, and output HDV video. Adobe Premiere Pro supports editing in DV, SD, HD and now HDV formats, giving editors greater flexibility. With this new HDV plug-in Adobe Premiere Pro is now able to handle real-time editing of high-definition video. Using the same IEEE-1394 (iLink, Firewire) connector natively supported in Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, this plug-in provides direct HDV format device control and video capture without the need for additional hardware. HDV format projects in Adobe Premiere Pro can be delivered for high-definition broadcast, film prints, high-definition Windows Media, and DVD. Registered Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 customers can download the free HDV plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro from the Adobe Premiere Pro page of the company web site at www.adobe.com/premierepro
. Users of earlier versions of Premiere can upgrade to Premiere Pro 1.5 for $199.