Archive for November, 2010

Getting Started with CS Review in Premiere Pro CS5

Great New Feature for Client Reviews
More and more, editors are working in studios that may be far away from their clients. Be it cross town or half way around the world, we’ve all had a need for remote approval of our finished video sequences.

Remote approval has always been a pretty painful process of uploading and downloading compressed files with a lot of e-mails flying back and forth. Not very efficient, is it? I can tell you from personal experience, it isn’t.

Recently, a killer new feature sneaked into Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2) called CS Review. CS Review in Premiere Pro is the perfect solution for the problem I’ve just described, remote approval of your work. CS Review is one of a number “services” in the CS Live feature that are integrated into certain Adobe CS5 applications. This blog post aims to get you up and running with CS Review in Premiere Pro quickly and give you tips and resources on how to use this cool new feature.

How Does it Work?
CS Review has two major components: the online Web Client (located at and the Review Panel in Premiere Pro. After you’ve finished editing your sequence, you’ll create your Review using the Review Panel. You’ll encode your movie with Adobe Media Encoder and then send a link to the Review for your client.

On the web client will be a web page with a movie file is embedded into it and a side panel for comments. Your client opens the link, views the footage and then makes comments in different places in the movie. After your client completes making comments, they send an approval message back to you.

Back in Premiere Pro, you’ll be able to see the results right in the Review Panel with comments showing each place in the movie that needs a change. Click on a comment and the CTI snaps to the exact location of your comment, ready for you to make that change. Pretty dang nifty.

This video from Adobe Evangelist Terry White shows you the whole process on Adobe TV. It’s well worth checking out.

While the video is very informative, there are a few things to know before you get started with CS Review. The following section should clear up any problems you might encounter before trying out your first Review.

Getting Started

To get started in using CS Review in Premiere Pro, you’ll need to go through some important steps. The first of which is to update to Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2). CS Review didn’t exist until the 5.0.2 release so you definitely need to update. For instructions about how to update to Premiere Pro CS5.(5.0.2), go to this web page and follow the instructions.

Now that you’ve updated to Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2), you can begin to get access to CS Review. Click on the CS Live button in the upper left of the Premiere Pro interface. A menu will appear with some choices. Sign in with your Adobe ID by clicking on the link that says: “Sign In”. Don’t have an Adobe ID? Go here to here one. By the way, your client must also have an Adobe ID and Flash installed in their browser in order to participate in the Review, so be sure to alert them.

To create a Review, you’ll also need a CS Live ID. You should be able to do so within the CS Live tab. Click on “Create New Review” and you should see a “Welcome Screen”. Follow the steps in the Welcome Screen to create your CS Live ID.

If you are unable to create a CS Live ID from the Welcome Screen, do so from this link. You’ll need to register Premiere Pro from the link in order to take advantage of this feature. After registering, you’ll have access to CS Live for 12 months, free of charge.

There are a number of different ways you can begin a Review. If you want to create a new Review, you can click File > Create New Review. You can also access the Review Panel by clicking Window > Extensions > CS Review. Of course, you can also click the CS Live button in the upper left of the Premiere Pro interface and then click “Create New Review…” (right). Once you have your CS Live ID and have signed in, you can create your new Review.

Gotcha Notes: There may some gotchas preventing you from using CS Review. A number of users have reported the following problems.

  • Can’t sign in to CS Live? You may need to Quit Premiere Pro, restart the application, then sign in once more to CS Live. The second log in usually does the trick for log-in privileges.
  • Don’t have access to the Review Panel in Premiere Pro? You may need to sign in to CS Live, then sign out again from CS Live to have access to the Review Panel. Once you have done that, then the Review Panel in Premiere Pro should be enabled.
  • Clicked on the CS Live Tab and all it said was, “Learn More”? Click where it says, “Learn More” which will take you to the CS Live site online. Sign in with your Adobe ID and then go to the CS Review main section. In Premiere, click the Sign In option at the top of the CS Live option list and then sign in. Quit then restart Premiere. You should now have the CS Review Home and Create New Review under the CS Review options. If the techniques in the above section did not work, repeat the steps above until you have access.

Here’s a list of links that may be of help to you in finding more about CS Review in Premiere Pro CS5.

Premiere Pro Forum Post  – Troubleshooting CS Review
What is CS Review?
CS Review Forum
Adobe TV: Using CS Live
Adobe TV: Take a tour of the CS Review Web Client
Premiere Pro FAQ: CS Live

With these resources and advice above, you should have little trouble generating your first review using CS Review and Premiere Pro. Be sure to post any other issues or problems you may have in the comments section below so that others can be helped in creating their own Reviews.

Tutorials for After Effects in Arabic at

Cairo, Egypt: the home of

Cairo, Egypt: the home of

After Effects Help is translated into a number of languages for our foreign customers. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to support every language on the planet. That’s why when we come upon a new resource for foreign language users of After Effects, we like to tell you about it.

Recently, I happened upon a cool After Effects resource for Arabic speakers. It’s a tutorial based website called, located in Cairo, Egypt. The site is run by Essam and Heba Hawas. Heba is the voice behind all the tutorials and she does a wonderful job (check out Heba’s tutorial about the Roto Brush here). They also do tutorials for the cartoon creation program, Toon Boom.

In addition to the Qtab website, you can also reach out to Qtab on both Facebook and Twitter (@qtabdotnet). Heba Hawas also has some videos uploaded to Vimeo here. Be sure to connect with them if you are interested in learning more about After Effects in the Arabic world.

Not an Arabic speaker but looking for resources for After Effects in your native language? There’s already a fine blog post called, “Getting Started and Help and Support Pages in Several Languages” that addresses foreign language support on Todd Kopriva’s “After Effects Region of Interest” blog.

The folks at can also be found helping folks out with After Effects on the new Arabic language forum here at Adobe.

4-Part Premiere Pro “Switcher” Series Coming Next Week!

More and more Final Cut editors are using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 to make them more efficient. If you’re wondering if Adobe Premiere Pro is really worth the switch, join Adobe in this four-part web series featuring Final Cut editors and how and why they use Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.

You’ll learn the real story on Adobe Premiere Pro’s Mercury Playback Engine, what it means to edit DSLR footage natively, and how you can remove bottlenecks in your pipeline when working with Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. We’ll follow up the series with a Q&A session to get your questions answered.

On Thursday November 18, I’ll be co-hosting one of the presentations along with Karl Soulé.

Leveraging Advanced Features and the Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Premiere Pro with Chris Fenwick
November 15, 2010, 12-1 PM PST
Join Chris Fenwick as he explains his personal frustrations with Final Cut and why he decided to make the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Chris will showcase Adobe Premiere Pro’s more advanced features and how the 64-bit, GPU accelerated Adobe Mercury Playback Engine speeds his entire editing workflow while solving a variety editing challenges. Register on Facebook:

HDSLR editing in Adobe Premiere Pro with Richard Harrington
November 16, 2010, 12-1 PM PST
Join Richard Harrington, author of From Still to Motion, as he shows you why he uses Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for editing HDSLR footage. Rich will share his post-production techniques and editing strategies in Adobe Premiere Pro for HDSLR color correction, audio syncing, and camera calibration. You’ll discover how to harness the professional-quality tools in CS5 Production Premium to natively edit, color correct, mix audio, and publish to the web and Blu-ray Disc. Register on Facebook:

Tight Integration and Multi-Format Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro with Colin Smith
November 17, 2010, 12-1 PM PST
Join Colin Smith, from, as he shows you why he uses Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 to create training DVDs. Because of Adobe Premiere Pro’s tight integration with Adobe Photoshop and After Effects as well as its ability to edit multi-format assets on the same timeline without converting to Pro-Res, Colin uses the suite of tools in Adobe CS5 Production Premium to speed his entire production workflow. Register on Facebook:

Making the Switch Q&A with Industry Experts Karl Soule & Kevin Monahan
November 18, 2010, 12-1 PM PST
Think of making the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro? Join Karl Soule, Adobe Premiere Pro expert, and Kevin Monahan, former Final Cut Pro editor, and get your questions answered. Learn how you can take advantage of Adobe Premiere Pro’s breakthrough performance and true native editing of DSLR formats. Have a hardware question? No problem, we have the answers you need to help you make the switch. Register on Facebook:

If you have a particular question you’d like answered, let Adobe know below.

Switching to Premiere Pro? Check out Adobe TV!

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining Adobe Evangelist and Premiere Pro specialist Karl Soulé at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) for a series of discussions about switching to Premiere Pro from a Final Cut Pro editor’s perspective. These were shot on video and released on Adobe TV yesterday.

The videos are a frank discussion about the “pain points” you may run across when switching. In fact, many of these were questions I had when first jumping into Premiere Pro CS5. What I found is that there actually were more similarities than differences between the applications. Some of the topics include: shortcut keys, basic editing, setting up a new project, audio, titling and exporting.

Click the links below or go here to see all the videos.

Shortcut Keys
Basic Editing
Setting Up a New Project
The Title Tool
Exporting and Output
Link to all videos