One of the most exciting changes in the video production world today is the trend toward tapeless workflows. With it’s P2 line of cameras, decks and media, Panasonic is certainly a leader in this area. Adobe Premiere Pro is already supporting Panasonic P2 file-based video clips.
Soon you’ll be able to import P2 files into Adobe After Effects CS3 as well. No transcoding, no wrapping. No muss, no fuss. Keep an eye out for this addition in an update to After Effects coming in the next few weeks. In the mean time, be sure to head over to DAV’s TechTable for a great demonstration of After Effects directly working with P2 MXF files. As a bonus, he’s also showing the excellent Dynamic Link between After Effects and Premiere Pro.
If you’re a Mac user, you may have noticed that Apple released Mac OS X Leopard last week. It’s a feature-packed release with some cool new features and I’m looking forward to installing it on my MacBook Pro very soon.
As outlined in Adobe FAQ (PDF) on Leopard support, After Effects CS3 is not fully compatible with Leopard. But I’m happy to say that we expect to release a free update in early December that will address key issues with After Effects on Leopard. If you decide to run with Leopard before this release, you may experience problems with various After Effects features such as the File > Import dialog and OpenGL hardware acceleration.
Until then, I’ll be creating backgrounds in After Effects to use as backdrops in my iChat sessions….