Eyeing the increasingly use of desktop digital media outside specialist edit suites, Adobe has shipped a Premiere update tailored to meet the needs of those who have editing as a secondary part of their job spec as well as professional editors. However, there are a number of new features that should keep the pros happy as well.
Premiere 6.0 supports Web video in multiple formats, and improves video capture as well as editing tools like a storyboard window. Also new is an audio mixer with real-time editing. The new release is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2001 priced at £450 (or £99 as an upgrade from an earlier version).
With its professional feature set, Premiere 6.0 is more than many non-full time video editors need, but its focus on digital video and Web publishing make it a useful tool across skill sets.
Many more professionals are using DV cameras and creating video for Web and DVD output – so Premiere 6.0 sports tools for digital-video capture and publishing to digital formats. For the first time you can work in native DV through a standard IEEE 1394 (FireWire) card – with DV’s non-square pixels supported as standard. You can save video files for use online in multiple streaming video formats, including QuickTime, RealVideo and Windows Media – and MPEG-2 for placement on DVD.
"You can output files in several formats by simply exporting the Timeline directly into a customized version of Terran Interactive's Cleaner software," says Matthew Douglas, product manager for Adobe Premiere. For customized read cut-down, as only the wizard-based Cleaner EZ is included.
Also, getting your video into Premiere is much easier with a new capture window, Douglas says. "It has a logging palette, a settings palette, and built-in DV support," he says.
Premiere 6.0 works with all the new digital video camcorders, Douglas says. Simply select the device brand and model to have instant control over your clips, he adds. Also new, to the logging-in palette is a batch capture option that lets you log sequences of clips. The app offers a preview feature that lets you view footage from the project window either on the desktop or on the camera itself, which would be useful for anyone without access to a PAL monitor.
More sophisticated tools include a storyboard window, audio mixer, and an automate-to-timeline tool. The storyboard window lets you drag and drop your clips in the order you want them to play. "And Automate to Timeline fits your storyboard into the timeline for you," Douglas says. "You can set the clips to change at different music beats. If the clip is too short, Premiere either leaves the extra section blank for you to fill or it fits the clip to fill the space."
Premiere's new audio mixer adds long-requested audio controls that are particularly useful for music videos or other sound-driven projects.
Premiere 6.0 is also better integrated with Adobe After Effects and Photoshop than previous versions. Premiere provides 25 basic After Effects filters that you can apply to video clips – and can use other filters within the app if you have the full version of AE, the Production Bundle or one or more of the many collections of AE filters available (although some of these may not work without an update). This integration adds something also to AE, which has been overtaken by apps that work within Premiere and other NLEs such as Boris Red.
"You can drag and drop a Photoshop file into the project window, turn on transparency and create an instant composite you can play in the camera," Douglas says.
And because different projects require different tools, Premiere 6.0 lets you customize and save workspace settings.
However, Adobe has stated that it has no plans to update Premiere LE, which only ships with low-end video cards. This is no surprise though, as more and more of these have been bundling the full version of Premiere anyway. Premiere 6.0 will not be available as a Carbonized version for Mac OS X, with this being left for a later release.