Premiere Pro and After Effects – Now on Labs

Right in line with the NAB show’s industry-wide press storm, Adobe Labs today features two smokin’ hot new prerelease programs for video freaks- both After Effects CS3 and Premiere Pro CS3 prerelease builds are live on Labs and ready to first assault your network/download bandwidth, and then take on your spare processing cycles with aplomb. Also in today’s news, the Soundbooth beta 3 build has been released on Labs. It’s a audio/video storm up there today!

Although After Effects has remained a video-tweaking stalwart on both Mac and Windows platforms for it’s entire lifespan, Premiere Pro dropped Macintosh support two releases ago in favor of Windows-only releases. And quite a bit happened with Premiere in that Windows-only span that Mac users missed out on entirely – the application really took on a more serious, bad-ass side that was (in my opinion) lacking in it’s previous Mac/Windows incarnations. Fortunately now you Mac-bretheren can check out what the PC folk have been freaking on for all that time- as the Premiere Pro CS3 prerelease isn’t just for PCs anymore, but is also Intel Mac-savvy.

A note on availability
Both prerelease programs are for the English version of the applications. I’d also check out the system requirements for Premiere Pro and After Effects to make sure your hardware is up to snuff- video is a pretty taxing media type to work with on any machine.

Also- although Premiere Pro CS3 prerelease will be available to everyone, the After Effects CS3 prerelease program is open to former After Effects and suite owners only – check out the FAQ for more details on whether you qualify.

The products aren’t complete yet and not all functionality is in place, so as with all the Labs programs, make sure to send the teams your feedback and thoughts on the new bits on both the After Effects forums and the Premiere Pro forums.

So what’s holding you back? Go warm up those broadband connections and get crackin’!

4 Responses to Premiere Pro and After Effects – Now on Labs

  1. rich says:

    We PC folk have NOT been freaking on Premiere Pro!It’s still behind Final Cut, clearly.

  2. Hmm, Rich- Premiere’s certainly not behind Final Cut on the PC platform… as FCP for PC has never existed! If you ‘PC folk’ have been using Final Cut Pro on Windows boxen in order to draw your conclusions, I’m all ears as to how you pulled it off…Besides Avid’s midrange options (which I personally feel have gone a bit stale in recent versions), I’ve not found a more suitable NLE on Windows than Premiere. Your mileage of course may vary.I’ve also not had much choice in editors until now (as I use Mac primarily – and FCP has been the only game in town for years in the NLE market on that platform), but have been very pleased with the projects I’ve had to do on other people’s PC/Premiere workstations, and feedback I’ve heard from the PC side has been pretty darn favorable over the years.From my own observations – noting that the Premiere prerelease is of course not feature-complete on the Mac (in fact does not yet support capture from tape/Firewire on the current Mac OS X build) – I’ve been pretty pleased with Premiere on Mac as well. Although I think FCP is a top-notch editor on the Mac, it will be nice, any way you slice it, to have a bit more competition in the field again.My $.02, of course.

  3. rich says:

    Yes Premiere has the hobbyist and wedding market, but it doesn’t have user groups (even one?) or the Coen Brothers, Walter Murch, or David Fincher!I was a beta tester in 1994 when Premiere/Win went from version 1 to 4 and I used it now. Platform may be an issue for some but not for specialists. Premiere is actually less flexible than it used to be but it is more stable. Apple is still winning in the video suite competition even with After Effects and Photoshop, though the Master Collection is a great deal that many will go for.I’m not saying Premiere is bad, it’s just not quite in the same class as FCP and Avid yet. As far as features, Avid Liquid beats Premiere:

  4. Well, Rich- you’re certainly welcome to your opinion, even if I don’t particularly share them all. I will agree that FCP is a fine editor with some high-profile users, no argument there. Liquid, on the other hand – well, interesting article, but my comments re: Avid’s midrange products still stands. I found (as did many I’ve talked and/or worked with) Liquid to be a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none product with a very poor user interface.Of course, your mileage and opinions may vary, but my original point here stands (lest this comment thread keep diverging from it) – it’s nice to see some wider competition come back to the Mac NLE market with Premiere coming back to the platform. Everyone wins.