01 November 2002
Posted in Multimedia
Installation & Documentation
Ease of use
Value for money
OS X 10.1.3
NZ Macguide Issue 6
On August 15th Adobe showed off its new version of Premiere (6.5) and Photoshop Elements (2.0) - both OS X native - to the press.
Premiere, Adobe's professional digital video editing software and the last Adobe application to make it to OS X, has significant new features . Topping the list is real time editing, and Premiere 6.5 adds real time preview for effects, transitions and titles (no waiting for rendering) - transition and effects layering to create composite previews is particularly impressive.
Rounding out the goodies is Adobe Title Designer with full typographic control for the creation of broadcast quality title sequences, real-time two-track audio processing for editing sound using TC Works SparkLE (in WAV, AIFF, SDI and Quicktime audio formats plus MP3 decoding) and 6.5 even allows the use of AST plug-ins and has ASIO hardware support.
Another new feature is custom length audio track fitting: 'Updated SmartSound Quicktracks' custom-fits sound tracks to the length of chosen film clips.
Support has been extended to other digital devices like Sony DVCAM and the new SR-DU1 video disk unit, plus new digital cameras from other major brands.
Integration with Apple iDVD and DVD Studio Pro is another enticement to make the change - as if being able to work purely in OS X now isn't enough.
Premiere 6.5 likes a powerful Mac, as you'd expect, and would be most at home on a hungry dual-processor, although a 500Mhz G4 is adequate. The Title Designer in particular is laborious to use on anything but the most powerful Macs, but gives you plenty of control over type (with many typefaces included on the CD) and adds roll and crawl options.
To further expedite use there are over 150 customisable templates included. There are many new filters available and, beloved of the home movie maker, more crossfade and wipe options.
- Great new features like real time editing, Title Designer
- MPEG-4 support
- More effects - and some are great
- No easy DVD creation
- Gak! (Translation: some of the best features are Windows only)
- Need more power - the title designer is particularly lethargic.
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