Adobe has used the current NAB 2008 trade show in Las Vegas to add native support for the Sony XDCAM EX camera format in Premiere Pro CS3. The company says that the software a true file-based workflow without transcoding or rewrapping, providing a software-only, tapeless High Definition (HD) workflow—from capture to output.

In September 2007, Adobe unveiled native support for the Panasonic P2 camera format in Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, underscoring its commitment to integrate file-based camera formats into its line of professional video products. Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM EX are solid-state recording formats for video production that eliminate tape from the workflow, helping to reduce the time it takes editors to find a specific scene and eliminating the need to digitise footage from tape.

Because Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 does not transcode or rewrap XDCAM or P2 formats into another file format, editors can deliver higher-quality footage and accelerate the video production process by editing the camera source files directly. The convenience of editing video natively, retaining valuable metadata information that makes it faster and easier to search through content. Editors can mix other file formats within the Adobe Premiere Pro timeline, combining content from multiple sources.

The compatibility update for Sony XDCAM EX is freely downloadbable from the Adobe Web site.