Adobe has unveiled native support for the Panasonic P2 camera format in Premiere Pro CS3 software. The company will demonstrate the P2 editing workflow during the IBC trade show at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam.

This compatibility update will be made available free to all Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 customers in the next few weeks, says Adobe.

Panasonic P2, introduced in 2003 by Panasonic Broadcast, is a solid state storage format for video production that eliminates tape from the workflow. The P2 DVCPROHD format uses a 4:2:2 codec for high quality results.

"Premiere Pro CS3 and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium have shaken up the industryand our goal is to deliver the best, most integrated, cross-platform video suite around," said Jim Guerard, vice president of Dynamic Media at Adobe. "Our professional video products willintegrate file-based camera formats, such as Panasonic P2, that are rapidly replacing tape in thebroadcast and post-production workflow because of the speed, capacity and efficiency that alloweditors to deliver projects faster."

Adobe says that because Premiere Pro does not transcode or rewrap the P2 format into another file format, editors shorten the video acquisition process and have the flexibility to edit footage in the native MXF format. This not only helps retain valuable metadata information but also enables users to export back to P2 cards and permit playback via satellite uplink using Panasonic P2 equipment. Editors can mix other file formats freely within the Adobe Premiere Pro timeline,
combining content from multiple sources.