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April 22, 2009

Cross-Continental Collaboration with Adobe Clip Notes

The new season of our AdobeTV show, Short & Suite, has begun! In this episode, we’ve moved away from our work with Mr. Johnny Encore to go out on the road, and Jason Levine shows how he can collaborate with the other Evangelists from anywhere in the world using Adobe Clip Notes technology. Watch it here:

April 20, 2009

Premiere Pro 4.1!

Today, Adobe is announcing a new free update for Premiere Pro CS4 users. The 4.1 update contains a number of new fixes and features that will benefit a wide variety of users.

One of the most exciting new features is the new enhanced RED support. Anyone using the initial release of the RED plug-in knows that Premiere Pro uses a ‘virtual proxy’ system, where Premiere Pro imports and works with the full resolution R3D files, and the plug-in tricks Premiere Pro into thinking the files are a lower resolution (chosen by the user) for a good editing experience on different levels of hardware. I’ve edited full 4k files on my laptop (using 1/8 resolution) and had a great experience. However, the initial plug-in required Premiere Pro to shut down in order to change the working resolution of the clips.

The new plug-in and support in 4.1 eliminates all of the bothersome restarts to change the working resolution. It’s all handled now in the Source and Preview monitor menus directly, and can be switched on-the-fly in the middle of editing without closing the app. Plus, the media browser now understands RED card structure, making it even easier to preview clips. Lastly, it also enables the ability to alter the color profile of the RAW clip directly in Premiere Pro! There are color, ISO, and White Balance sliders in the Source Settings panel for creating custom color profiles, and applying them across multiple clips simultaneously.

In addition to RED support, there are also new features for Avid interoperability, including support for AAF sequence import from Media Composer without having to rerender media. There’s also some nice architecture fixes that finally enable CS4 to work with HD capture boards from AJA, Black Magic, and Matrox video cards.

April 19, 2009

My NAB Schedule

Hey Everyone,

NAB Madness is upon us!

Here’s a schedule of where I’ll be presenting and when:

Monday
(In the Adobe Booth Theatre)
9:00am – Accelerated Tapeless Workflows: Go from Shoot to Edit Faster in Premiere Pro CS4
9:30am – Everyday Timesavers: Edit Faster with the Top Timesaving Features in CS4 Production Premium
11:00am – The RED Workflow from On‐Set to Finish with CS4 Production Premium (With Ted Shilowitz & Lucas Wilson)
12:00pm – Technology Sneak Peeks: See What’s Coming in Adobe Creative Software

(In the FCP SuperBooth)
5:00pm – Integrating Adobe Production Premium into your FCP Workflow

Tuesday
(In the Adobe Booth Theatre)
9:00am – Life without Walls: Open Workflows with Avid and Apple
9:30am – Everyday Timesavers: Edit Faster with the Top Timesaving Features in CS4 Production Premium
11:00am – The RED Workflow from On‐Set to Finish with CS4 Production Premium (With Ted Shilowitz & Lucas Wilson)
12:00pm – Technology Sneak Peeks: See What’s Coming in Adobe Creative Software

Wednesday
(In the Adobe Booth Theatre)
9:00am – Accelerated Tapeless Workflows: Go from Shoot to Edit Faster in Premiere Pro CS4
11:00am – The RED Workflow from On‐Set to Finish with CS4 Production Premium (With Ted Shilowitz & Lucas Wilson)
12:00pm – Technology Sneak Peeks: See What’s Coming in Adobe Creative Software

(In the FCP SuperBooth)
3:20pm – Integrating Adobe Production Premium into your FCP Workflow

I’ll also be presenting at the RED Supermeet Wednesday night.

Thursday
(In the Adobe Booth Theatre)
9:00am – Life without Walls: Open Workflows with Avid and Apple
11:00am – The RED Workflow from On‐Set to Finish with CS4 Production Premium (With Ted Shilowitz & Lucas Wilson)
12:00pm – Technology Sneak Peeks: See What’s Coming in Adobe Creative Software

I’ll also be hanging out at the pods around the back of the Adobe theatre each afternoon, so come by and say hi!

April 13, 2009

Catchup on life, AdobeTV, and NAB

I recently came back straight from Moscow, and went down into the studio to record some new episodes of Short & Suite for AdobeTV.

By the way, AdobeTV is now 1 year old! 1 year ago last week, Adobe launched the AdobeTV site with 210 videos. Today, Adobe TV has almost 3,000 videos, including offerings in English, German, Japanese and French. The content is growing weekly, and all of the evangelists just wrapped up shooting new episodes in the brand-new studio in San Francisco.

This week is a prep week for NAB, which will be action-packed. In addition to many presentations in the Adobe Theatre, I’ll also be attending user group meetings for FCP and RED users, presenting in the FCP SuperBooth, and also covering a couple of Adobe-specific user group meetings. I’ll be posting a full schedule later in the week.

On a completely unrelated note, I ordered a gift for my friend and coworker, Jason Levine, way back in December. It was backordered until very recently, and now it’s sitting on my desk. I’m going to present it to him at NAB, but I thought I’d have some fun in the meantime seeing if he can guess what it is. Here’s one of the very blurry photos I’ve sent Jay over the past couple of weeks:

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Any guesses?

April 2, 2009

Using the Trial Version of Production Premium…

I just exchanged emails with a creative individual named Sunny Thaper. Sunny was attempting to use our trial version of Production Premium with his Canon HV30 camcorder, and ran into some difficulty.

The difficulty, unfortunately, was on our side, and I want to bring this to everyone’s attention in case others have run into this. There’s a small notice on the trial download site that often gets overlooked:

“The trial versions of Adobe After Effects CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and Soundbooth CS4 do not include some features that depend on software licensed from parties other than Adobe. For example, some codecs for encoding MPEG formats are available only with the full version of these products. HDV, XDCAM, and AVCHD formats and sequence presets are not supported in the trial for both Mac OS and Windows®. Adobe Media Encoder export does not include MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 DVD, or MPEG-2 Blu-ray as export formats in the trial. The file importer does not recognize file types that are not included in trial mode (such as MPEG and XDCAM files). HDV is not included as a capture format in the Mac OS version of the trial.”

What does this mean? Unfortunately, many of the codecs that are included in the full versions of the program are NOT INCLUDED with the trial version. This is due to licensing issues – these codecs are licensed from other companies, and those companies do not allow us to distribute them freely with the trial versions of our software.

If you are trying to evaluate any of these formats:
HDV
XDCAM
AVCHD

You will NOT be able to use the trial version of Production Premium to do so. Those codecs and timeline sequence presets don’t even show up in the trial version of the software. I would recommend going to an authorized Adobe dealer and getting some time there with the full version of the software.

This is an unfortunate situation to be in, and Adobe is looking into ways we can enable customers to get a better trial experience. Many other NLE makers no longer supply trial versions because of these licensing issues. However, Adobe has been committed to keeping a trial version available.

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