The new version of Premiere Pro -- announced today -- is the first to be available on the Mac platform since the first version with the Pro suffix made the video editing software Windows-only in 2003.

Premiere Pro CS3 has few features that weren’t in version 2.0, but ships with OnLocation CS3 -- a rebadged version of Serious Magic’s DV Rack, which Adobe acquired with the rest of the company in 2006 -- and a new version of Encore (previously Encore DVD).

Premiere Pro and Soundbooth are Intel-only on the Mac. On Location and Ultra are Windows-only, but Mac users get On Location -- as it’s used separately from the rest of the suite, and works under Apple’s Boot Camp system for running Windows on an Intel Mac.

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Premiere Pro CS3 gains an improved slow motion using a real-time time remapping system. Changes to the speed of video are made using handles on keyframes for more precise control, with the length of clips automatically adjusted on the timeline. Backwards playback is also possible using this system.
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Working with large numbers of files has been made easier, says Adobe, through the ability to have more than one Project panel open – so you can see text information on core footage while seeing b-roll visually, for example. The search system within projects updates itself as you type.
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<div class=inlineimage><img src=Flash Professional CS3 with timeline markers converted to Flash cue points.

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Encore CS3 can create Blu-ray Disc projects – though not HD DVD – and can quickly output both HD and SD (traditional DVD) versions of the same project. Projects can also be exported as Flash movies for use on CD or the Web. Version CS3 is the first to be available on the Mac.
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<b>Shooting OnLocation</b>
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OnLocation CS3 combines a DV/HDV digital disk recorder with a monitoring system. It’s designed to be run on a Windows laptop – including on a Macbook Pro using Boot Camp – connected to your primary camcorder.
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As a disk recorder, OnLocation captures video directly to disc with no tape-length limit. Over traditional tape recording, it also offers the ability to record stop-motion or time-lapse sequences, and can record a buffer of up to 30 seconds – so you can capture shots you would have otherwise have missed by pressing record shortly after they happened.
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The application’s monitoring tools include a series of scopes including a waveform monitor and vectorscope – essentially turning your laptop into a lightweight reference monitor. It can show video at up to 1,280-x-720, offers calibration tools, and has split-screen and dual-zebra modes (to check for overexposure).
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<b>Ultra clean keys</b>
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The Creative Suite 3 Production Premium bundle also includes another Serious Magic tool, the Windows-only Ultra. This is a standalone green/bluescreen tool that also offers virtual set technology. It’s based around a high-grade keyer that Adobe says gets great results even from imperfect sources, accelerated by tapping the power of the host PC’s graphics card.
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Ultra is bundled with a series of virtual set collections that users can place the keyed figures into, along with video and stills in marked areas such as windows and screens. It supports formats including DV, HDV and HD in AVI, MPEG, QuickTime and Flash formats, plus MXF as an input. Adobe says it will selling more collections online. 
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