Adobe Video Collection
Motivation: Demonstration of Adobe
taking a reverse position in the video editing market - and doing very well
by it. One normally expects an Adobe product to run in Mac and Windows -
the suite that is Adobe Video Collection runs primarily in Windows. Adobe
software like Photoshop and Illustrator are not often thought of as the low
cost leader with premium feature set. But that exactly fits the mold for
Video Collection. This is a suite which packs price performance in all of
its parts and is bargain priced at $999 for the Standard edition and $1499 for
the Professional set. And this edition puts vendors such as Avid, Discreet,
and Ulead on notice that Adobe has changed its tune on video software - it
is a player.
Video Collection is not for everybody - even the Standard edition has a lot of high end features which have substantial learning curves. Video hobbyists and neophytes may find such systems as Adobe Premier Elements, Apple Final Cut and Ulead Video Studio less imposing while providing the training and experience necessary to make the transition to the more sophisticated Video Collection. As in Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premier Elements provides good training wheels for Premiere Pro 1.5. look for an upcoming review.
Premiere Pro is where users do most of their film editing , splicing and integration with audio. Premiere Pro has sophisticated clip shrinking/expanding as well as cut and insert capabilities. In addition Photoshop CS users will be pleased to see familiar and powerful color correction features such as Auto Levels, Auto Colors, and Shadow & Highlights - so quick color edits can be done in Premiere without having to transition between After Effects. Look for an upcoming review of Premiere Elements.
But the latter task has been made easier with cut and paste between Premiere and After Effects considerably simplified - though some edits do not carry through, so best to save final Premiere edits for after any Audition or After Effects edits. However, a key advantage to the new Premiere is the sophisticated real-time preview capabilities with smart RAM and/or disk caching - this considerably speeds up testing of edits. As well users can embed multiple and nestable timelines for various objects within a Premiere frame. The list of Premiere only audio and video edits is impressive.
Adobe Audition allows video users to do very simple to the most sophisticated of audio mixes and fixes. For example, video tracks with audio can be edited with sophisticated pitch corrections, dubbing and mixes. Hisses, coughs and other spurious sounds can be isolated and removed. Sophisticated vocal or musical extraction can be done amazingly quickly and accurately. And add in new tracks is aided by a large collection of copyright free samples. Finally Audition 1.5 integrates well with Premiere Pro.
Adobe After Effects is the other star of the collection and has a well deserved reputation for being one of the premier video and animation editors. think of After Effects as Photoshop being applied to frames of a film or video with masking, layering and all sorts of effects allowed. In fact the set of new text preset text effects in After Effects are worth at least half the price of admission. But of course there is more with Cycore Final Effects and Grain Surgery (Pro edition only) being two of the more popular filters. The Pro Edition also has sophisticated motion tracking support for camera pans and zooms effects and corrections. Both editions add very powerful color editing with the Color Finesse control filter. And integration simplifies moving cuts to and from Premiere Pro.
Encore is for post production to DVD. Encore allows users to create sophisticated to specific track menus, splash screens with titling and transition effects. In addition Encore has very helpful project and resource management features. But most important, Encore produces out output in all DVD recording formats including MPEG-2 video and Dolby® Digital audio.
Video, audio, and even Flash animation professionals have to take the Adobe
Video Collection seriously. The price performance of any two tools in the
collection is hard to match. As multi-media converges the disciplines
of still-graphics, video and animation are fast converging. Ditto for audio
and video engineering. The Adobe
Video Collection gives a price performance leading
window into this world.
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