Technology Sneek Peek: Adobe® Mercury Playback Engine

Lets start with the big, bold, brash, brazen, big-time, blow-your-mind (are there any other ‘big’ adjectives I’ve missed?) statement about the Adobe® Mercury Playback Engine: It is a game changer.

Haven’t heard about the Mercury Playback engine yet?  Good – Read on!

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FREE After Effects Reflection plugin

You did the word free don’t you? 😉

Simply click the ‘download project’ button on the link below to get the plugin. To install, simply drag it into your AE plugin’s folder.

Happy reflection day,

Reflection plugin

Having weird behavior with an Adobe video product? Consider tossing your preferences away

As an Adobe employee, I get the “My stuff is broke, tell me how to fix it” in a wondrous variety.  My response is usually something to the effect that I’m not the amazing kreskin and then smile.  Point is that we usually need a lot of information to even formulate a guess. 

However, there is one thing that I like to mention as a general kind of ‘catch all’.  It’s surprising at how often it can cure a user’s mysterious problems.

We call it ‘trashing the prefs’ and here’s how you do it.

On PC go to

UserFolder>Documents>Adobe>AdobeProductName (like Premiere Pro)  Inside of this, there is a folder with a number (usually 4.0 for CS4).  Take that to the trash and restart your application.

On the Mac its basically the same.


Hope this helps you if you’re experiencing something less than a great experience.


Premiere Pro 4.2 update is live

You can get the update for that and Adobe Media Encoder (also 4.2) via the Help menu.  Just go to an Adobe application and select Help>Updates.

You can watch a video from Dave on Premiere Pro 4.2 here

Here’s a list of fixes and features:

New in this release

  • Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra material is now supported; new sequence presets are also included for editing this format.

Notable fixes

  • Final Cut Pro Project Converter is now compatible with Final Cut Pro version 7
  • Final Cut Pro Project Converter now maintains timecodes from the originally captured sources from Final Cut Pro
  • Playback no longer stops when connecting/disconnecting a USB keyboard or mouse
  • Performance is no longer diminished in mixed format sequences during playback, scrubbing, and exporting
  • Fixed a field output issue when rendering a 720p 60/50 source in an interlaced SD sequence
  • Third-party support

Known issues

  • Use of Project Manager is not recommended for AVC-I since clip spanning is lost during project collect and copy
  • Clip duration in media browser does not match duration of clip once it is imported
  • AVC-I clips are redbar in native sequences

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