Manifest Technology by Douglas Dixon Premiere Pro 2Adobe kicked off the new year by announcing a major upgrade to its suite of video tools, formerly known as the Adobe Video Collection -- Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing, After Effects for motion graphics and visual effects, Audition for professional audio mixing and editing, and Encore DVD for DVD authoring. Adobe has made major upgrades to each of these four applications, bringing them even closer together as elements of a suite -- redesigning the interfaces for a common look that eliminates window clutter, and greatly enhancing the workflow integration between the applications. The new integration features a powerful new Adobe Dynamic Link feature that enables using and previewing After Effects compositions directly in Premiere Pro and Encore DVD, without requiring a separate rendering step. These new versions also step up to full support for high-quality HD editing, providing scalable format support for SD and HD, including native HDV video and full 32-bit color processing. Now renamed the Adobe Production Studio, the suite was released in early 2006 . It now also includes Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS2 from the Adobe Creative Suite, plus Adobe Bridge for asset file browsing and organizing. The Production Studio is available for Windows XP, with After Effects also still supported on Mac OS X. I've been able to preview these applications at Adobe meetings, and even try out pre-release versions, so let's take a look at what we have to look forward to. read more...

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