Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the introduction of the Adobe Video Collection 2.5, which includes new versions of its award-winning digital video products Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects 6.5, Adobe Audition 1.5 and Adobe Encore DVD 1.5. Adobe's new video line-up also introduces more than 200 innovative new features, including advanced support for high definition (HD) video in Premiere Pro 1.5.
With Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, new project management and creative tools expand options for editors; the new Project Manager enables editors to quickly remove unused material, consolidate files for transport or archiving, and easily manage the transition between off-line and on-line editing. Audio enhancements improve the positioning and editing of audio clips, including new VST filters and the Adobe Photoshop CS inspired one-click color correction simplifies the process of correcting color and levels of an image, frame, or entire timeline. With the addition of Bezier keyframe controls, editors now have the ability to control both the path and the velocity to make for smoother, more natural animations. The newly added Effects Favorites option enable editors to save any effect parameter as a preset option to use again. Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 also includes hundreds of commonly used effects such as Picture-in-Picture.
Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 now delivers even greater DVD design capabilities. The new Library Palette can be used to organize menus, buttons, backgrounds, text styles and vector shapes. Dozens of customizable menus and hundreds of shapes, buttons, and text styles are now built into Adobe Encore DVD. The new Styles Palette allows users to store Adobe Photoshop CS layer effects such as shadows, glows, and bevels to quickly change the appearance of DVD menu elements. Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 supports an expanded range of audio and video formats, including QuickTime files. Preview of DVD menus on an external NTSC or PAL monitor simplifies the DVD production process and previewing the entire DVD project is now supported by leading digital video cards, such as the Matrox RT.X100. Customers can now transcode files in the background while continuing DVD design work, saving significant production time. Working with multiple windows is now more efficient, with customizable workspaces that can be saved and recalled at any time. In addition, the new Adobe Encore Project Checker identifies problems with the DVD project before it is written to disc, saving quality verification time.
Adobe Video Collection 2.5 will be debuted at the Adobe booth (#SL4730) during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event in Las Vegas from April 19-22.
Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects 6.5, and Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 support Adobe Photoshop CS features, including nested layer sets and non-square pixels. Users can copy and paste between Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects, share effects between Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro, and send Photoshop menus to After Effects to create unique motion menus. Adobe Encore DVD also recognizes timeline markers created in After Effects 6.5 and Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 AVI and MPEG-2 files, giving users the option to convert markers to DVD chapter points.
The Adobe Video Collection available for Windows XP will be available in the second calendar quarter of 2004. The estimated street price for Adobe Video Collection Standard will be $999. Upgrade versions from any of the individual products will be available for an estimated street price of $799. The estimated street price for Adobe Video Collection Professional will be $1499. Customers who owned the previous version of Adobe Video Collection Standard or Professional editions will be eligible to upgrade for an estimated street price of $249. Adobe Video Collection Standard customers can upgrade to Adobe Video Collection Professional for an estimated street price of $799.