Adobe Premiere Pro CS3

Adobe Premiere Pro CS3

Comments, anyone? Clip Notes converts your video into the PDF file format, and then lets anyone with Adobe Reader watch it and type in their notes at any point in your video.


Besides these basics, Premiere also sports plenty of advanced features. A great multicam editing tool lets you quickly sync clips together and then edit the best selections onto the timeline by cutting between them in real time. You can mix and match different video formats (say, DV and HDV) on the same timeline without rendering. You can customize keyboard shortcuts and rearrange the interface’s layout. There’s also a nice time-remapping feature that lets you slow down and speed up footage directly in the timeline; it’s easier to figure out than Final Cut’s approach, and while it doesn’t achieve quite as smooth an effect as After Effects (which uses high-quality but slow-to-render optical flow technology), it’s a good blend between convenience and quality.


Premiere also sports tight integration with the CS3 editions of Adobe’s other media applications, and in fact, this is its secret weapon. If you spend the vast majority of your time solely working with raw camera footage, then there’s little reason to consider a switch from Apple or Avid editors to Premiere, given the learning curve of a new application, not to mention the expense. But if your editing work calls for you to integrate content from Adobe programs like After Effects, Photoshop, or Illustrator, you’ll find that Premiere can work with that content better than any other app.


Premiere’s integration with After Effects is especially impressive, thanks to a technology called Dynamic Link. For example, you can design a slick title graphics animation in After Effects, quickly bring it in to Premiere (without rendering), and then render it directly from Premieres timeline. If you continue to make tweaks to the comp in After Effects, you’ll automatically see the changes reflected in your Premiere video. Similarly, you can import your unrendered Premiere timelines into After Effects, and for quickest results, you can even copy and paste or drag and drop a sequence of clips from Premiere to After Effects, and edit the clips as individual layers of a comp. One caveat, though: Dynamic Link only works if you buy Adobe’s CS3 Production Premium suite or CS3 Master Collection. It won’t work if you buy Premiere and After Effects separately.


Photoshop integration is good, too, letting you import and animate Photoshop layers separately, then quickly return to Photoshop to make additional changes, which will be automatically reflected in Premiere. Another nice touch: You can launch Photoshop directly from Premiere, and a new Photoshop document will already match your video’s frame size and aspect ratio. You can import Illustrator files, and Premiere will automatically rerasterize your artwork if you scale it.


Premiere even integrates with Adobe’s PDF format. Thanks to the Clip Notes feature, you can export a compressed version of your video into a PDF file, then send it to clients or colleagues for review. They can type in comments at any point in the video and then send them back.


The bottom line. Premiere will miss out on many pro-level video projects until it accepts more video formats. Still, it has plenty of great stuff to offer, and it really sings for anyone who works a lot in other Adobe software.




PRICE: $799 à la carte, $299 upgrade, available in two CS3 bundles ($1,699 to $2,499)

REQUIREMENTS: Multicore Intel Mac, Mac OS 10.4.9 or later, 512MB RAM (1GB-2GB for video playback), 10GB disk space, SuperDrive

Chock-full of pro features. Tight integration with other Adobe apps saves time. Competitive price. Includes excellent DVD-authoring software. A true alternative to Final Cut Pro for many projects

Doesn’t work with PowerPC Macs. Doesn’t work with some video formats. Dynamic Link only works if you buy Premiere as part of a CS3 suite.





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