Easing the transition to Adobe Premiere Pro: Ask a CS Pro session with Al Mooney

Adobe Premiere Pro product manager Al Mooney helps editors new to Adobe Premiere Pro get up to speed quickly.

By Michelle Gallina | August 09, 2011

More and more Final Cut Pro editors are switching to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 to take advantage of its workflow and performance features. In this week's "Ask a CS Pro" session, Al Mooney will review some of the most important workflow tips and tricks to help editors new to Premiere Pro to get up to speed quickly.Join us this Friday, August 12th, at noon Pacific Time in our Connect room. (session start time for other time zones)The room will open 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join.The session will be recorded, and the recording will be made available soon after the session ends.Prior to the session, you can review these resources to help editors familiar with Avid and Final Cut Pro to learn Adobe Premiere Pro. About Al MooneyAl Mooney is the product manager for professional video editing at Adobe Systems Incorporated. He is responsible for defining, delivering, and supporting the overall feature set and functionality of Adobe Premiere Pro. Prior to this position, he was the Senior Business Development Manager for video and broadcast in the UK for Adobe. Before that, he worked for Apple as a Pro Video business development manager and for DigiDesign (part of Avid Technology) as a European sales specialist. Read More


Color correction and color grading tutorials

Check our these free video tutorials for Premiere Pro & After Effects

By Todd Kopriva | August 05, 2011

Andrew Devis and Karl Soule have both been creating excellent video tutorials about color correction and color grading recently, so I thought that it would be useful to gather links to them together in one place for convenience.Andrew's tutorials, especially, go far beyond just showing the UI controls in a specific piece of software. He also gives great advice that's relevant to color correction with any tool, such as working in a room with constant lighting and frequently resetting your eyes to real-world neutral by looking away from the computer screen. Read More


Ask a Creative Suite Pro: Update Your Demo Reel with Adobe Premiere Pro

Free eSeminar on editing with Adobe Premiere Pro if you're a Final Cut user

By Michelle Gallina | August 04, 2011

In this week's free Ask a CS Pro, Carey Dissmore will talk about the importance of demo reels, and provide an overview of the editing workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro from the perspective of an editor who is comfortable with Final Cut Pro. Carey will also share the similarities, differences and unique advantages of Adobe Premiere Pro, including its tight integration with other products in the Production Premium bundle such as After Effects, Photoshop and Audition.This eSeminar is free so mark your calendars for Friday, August 5, at 12 p.m. PT in the Adobe Connect Room: The room will open up 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join.Session start time for other time zones are here. About Carey Dissmore:Carey Dissmore is a television and media production professional with 25 years in the business. His work spans the broadcast news, entertainment, advertising, documentary and corporate ranges. He considers himself an editor first, with a heavy amount of motion graphics design as well. He uses an enormous number of tools but the biggies are Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and the full Adobe suite. Carey is currently working on shows for Food Network and Spike TV, while also designing, editing and animating a series of corporate and medical projects.Carey founded the International Media Users Group and the MediaMotion Ball at NAB, establishing it as a strong user community event that has been running since 1998. He is active on the MediaMotion IMUG and AE email lists that he helps administer.Carey is principal of Carey Dissmore Productions, Inc., based in Minneapolis, MN. Read More


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Notes from using Premiere Pro in a real-world, client-in-the-room edit

Premiere Pro has come a long way and is a real alternative for FCP users looking for a quick switch.

By Scott Simmons | July 26, 2011

Adobe Premiere Pro has been back in the post-production public consciousness for quite a while. Now at version 5.5 it feels like Adobe began really pushing it when the Mercury Playback Engine was added in 5. I've been toying with it off and on for quite a while now but with the recent release of Final Cut Pro X I wanted to give it a real-world, client in the room test. In the end it was both very good, kinda bad … and a little bit ugly. Read More


Details on the Production Premium switching offer

Adobe's unusual offer to encourage users of other editing platforms to adopt Adobe as part of their toolkit.

By Dennis Radeke | July 21, 2011

What a crazy second half we're off to. Within our industry, we rarely if ever have seen the kind of furor that has been happening over the last several weeks. The blogosphere and twittersphere have been going crazy within our creative community. Recently, that's been accentuated by Adobe's unusual offer to encourage users of other editing platforms to adopt Adobe as part of their toolkit. Learn more about switching and the Switcher promotion here. Read More


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First ever Atlanta Cutters user group meeting in late July

The event is free so get registered today.

By Scott Simmons | July 11, 2011

Normally I probably wouldn't post an announcement about the formation of a new user group since there are film/video user groups all over the country but this one is just down the road a couple of hours from my home turf so I wanted to point it out. Atlanta Cutters, Atlanta's post-production group will have their first meeting on Wednesday, July 27. You can register here. Read More


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Update Alert! Pro Maintenance Tools

Digital Rebellion has made a recent move to support other NLEs besides Final Cut Pro.

By Scott Simmons | July 11, 2011

If you been a Final Cut Pro users for any real length of time you've probably heard of FCS Maintenance Pack, that was a suite of tools from Digital Rebellion to help diagnose and fix Final Cut Studio issues. Recently Digital Rebellion has been making their tools less FCP centric (and the FCPX update probably accelerated that) and have done away with FCS Maintenance Pack and have replaced it with Pro Maintenance Tools. Read More


Adobe is Here to Compete

Steve Forde, After Effects Product Manager, posts a couple thoughts on the FCPX release and more

By Michelle Gallina | June 30, 2011

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A Note on Adobe Premiere Pro

Al Mooney, Premiere Pro product manager, expresses a few thoughts

By Michelle Gallina | June 29, 2011

I'm Al. I'm the guy who gets to - along with an amazing group of very talented colleagues and friends - build Premiere Pro. For some obvious and some less obvious reasons, our beloved product has been receiving a lot of attention over recent days. So it feels like a good time to express a few thoughts.Over the last few years, we've been working really hard on our NLE. Way back in April 2010 we shipped our CS5 version, a natively 64-bit cross-platform application built on the Mercury Playback Engine. It was designed to make the absolute best out of modern computational resources, CPU and GPU optimized to its very core. It was a big and bold move in a crowded NLE market, but we felt we had the right foundations in place to start turning a few heads. And turn a few heads we did. Last month, we shipped a major update to CS5 in CS5.5. I always talk about CS5.5 as building finesse on the solid foundations of CS5, and that was our aim. We had the engine and the chassis of a race-winning car, and now we needed to make it easier to drive. We did. We focused efforts on smoothing the path for people moving over from other NLEs, or those just trying out a new one. And more heads turned.Then, last week, Apple shipped Final Cut Pro X. I'm not here to comment on Apple's intentions or strategy, and I won't. But I can say this: I've read and heard that many editors felt alienated with the release. And I didn't have to look far to hear the disgruntlement. It's all over the web. It ate my Twitter feed for two days. It was on Conan. It was actually on Conan.And as a result, understandably perhaps, even more heads have turned to look at Premiere Pro. It's a powerful NLE that's intuitive to existing editors. It can open your Final Cut Pro 7 projects via XML. It supports all of your media natively. It performs beautifully, and it lets you edit the way you've learned to, using shortcuts you know and paradigms you're comfortable with.But the most important thing I want to say to all the newly turning heads is simply this: Adobe is committed making a modern, powerful, useable, professional NLE. In fact, we're developing harder and faster than ever before. We will continue updating and improving Premiere Pro with regular, timely releases. We'll continue striving to improve performance, to offer the best native format support possible, and to make the pure experience of just editing - in the way that you've learnt to - as intuitive and creative as possible.I expect that the more you experiment with Premiere Pro, the more you'll tell us where you'd like it to go next. There will always be bumps on the learning curve with an application new to you, just as there will be things you didn't have before and wonder how you lived without. I just want you to know that we're listening to you, the editors, and we aim to continue building an application that you love and can rely on. This is going to be fun. Read More


Would you recommend Premiere Pro to your friends and colleagues?

By Michelle Gallina | June 20, 2011

Adobe has started the Video Ambassadors program to build an online community for Adobe Premiere Pro editors to support each other, help us improve Adobe Premiere Pro and spread the word to other editors about trying Adobe Premiere Pro. As an Ambassador, you will receive exclusive information, access to the Adobe Premiere Pro team, answers to any questions you might have, and sneak peeks of what we're working on. We'd love to see how you're using Adobe Premiere Pro and give you the ability to share your work with others. If you're interested in joining, check it out on Linked In. Read More


Adobe’s Vision for Professional Video

Video pros are switching to Premiere Pro and Creative Suite Production Premium in record numbers

By Michelle Gallina | June 15, 2011

The tide is turning in professional video, and Adobe's momentum is strong: We are driving innovation in our products and winning market share. Recent surveys also show a significant increase in positive brand perception for Adobe Premiere Pro among pro video users - particularly since the CS5 launch. For these reasons and many more, video pros are switching to Premiere Pro and Creative Suite Production Premium in record numbers. Read More


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Adobe’s Speech Analysis is still chugging along in Premiere Pro CS5.5

It's still far from perfect but as a time-saving tool it saved me quite a few keystrokes

By Scott Simmons | June 01, 2011

When Adobe introduced CS4 they also introduced a new feature that many thought would be the suite's first real killer feature: Speech Transcription. I think the fantasy might have been this: gone was the day of paying a human to transcribe footage as the machines could finally do it for us. That wasn't the reality as the results were often a garbled mess. The humans continued to do a better job. Adobe's transcription accuracy has been improved since version 4 and with CS5.5 it's actually usable. I used it recently and I'm convinced it saved a lot of typing. Read More


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Want to beta test some maintenance tools for Avid and Premiere Pro?

Digital Rebellion seeks help from Mac users.

By Scott Simmons | June 01, 2011

If you've been using Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Studio for any length of time then you're probably aware of FCS Maintenance Pack. It's an incredibly useful set of tools from Digital Rebellion that aims to help diagnose, troubleshoot and fix problems with Final Cut Studio and its related applications. I liked this little set of tools so much I did a Q&A with the creator a while back. Now they are looking to move the tools to Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro for the Macintosh and they're looking for beta testers. Read More


Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium Road Show

Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium Road Show

Check out Adobe's LA-SF-NY road show in June

By Michelle Gallina | May 20, 2011

Adobe is hosting a free, three-city road show in June. Not only will we talk about the new features in CS5.5 Production Premium, we're also spending more time on educating you on HDSLR editing and how you can better integrate Production Premium into your existing workflow-no matter which NLE you're using.Jim Guerard, vice-president and general manager of Professional Video at Adobe, will also be available to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the production and broadcast industries today and how Adobe is equipped to help you meet those challenges.If you're interested in attending this event and want more information, please check it out here. Read More


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Adobe CS 5.5 Video Walk Through

Karl Soule provides a great overview of what's new in 5.5

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

Adobe CS 5.5 Walk Through from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

As Karl completed giving a presentation to a large audience at NAB, I asked him if he'd provide a similar walk through for PVC online. It's a long video (15 minutes) but very worth watching in my opinion. Read More


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Adobe Premiere Pro On ThunderBolt by Dave Helmly

Blazing fast speeds with Premiere Pro and Thunderbolt!

By Scott Gentry | April 18, 2011

Adobe CS 5.5 and Thunderbolt Tech from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

(updated with extensive Comments at the end from Dave Helmly of Adobe on 4k, multicam, and hardware - it's a second article in itself)We're all waiting for Thunderbolt peripherals, but Adobe's booth had some to play with, and was able to demonstrate the speed at which Premiere Pro can really fly. This is cool. Watching the demo, really made me want to edit these videos this way. Read More


See how Thunderbolt makes CS5.5 faster at NAB

Adobe taking Intel's Thunderbolt port technology for a spin

By dhelmly aka DavTechTable | April 13, 2011

At NAB 2011, the hot topic around hardware in the South Hall was definitely Intel's Thunderbolt port technology. Maybe you've read about Thunderbolt or had co-worker try and explain it, but the simplest way to understand it is to just find a demo running on the showfloor and take it for a spin. In the Adobe booth, we put together a complete system running on Apple's new Macbook Pro 15" connected to a Promise Pegasus Thunderbolt raid array connected to a BlackMagic Design Ultra Studio 3D with SDI output to an iKan portable SDI display. From the description above it sounds like a lot of cables and wiring, but in fact, it's quite simple. Each Thunderbolt device has 2 ports and are linked together in a daisy chain configuration with very small but sturdy cable. The result was 800MBs throughput of shear madness. For a quick test, we threw down some 422 1920x1080 Uncompressed footage in Premiere Pro CS 5.5 with data rates between 126 - 158 MBs and started playing the timeline with ease. Next we tested fast and slow scrub and it was silky smooth to the touch- It was like we were playing DV. I've never seen anything like it running off a laptop. We continued putting it through the paces stacking on 3 and 4 layers of video throughout the day and inviting customers to feel the power of this new level of editing. After Effects CS 5.5 also had no problem playing the uncompressed footage in realtime. The Adobe booth appeared to be the only place where you could actually see the full workflow of editing with Thunderbolt. BlackMagic Design has done an incredible job in being the first to show off this next generation editing platform running on Premiere Pro CS 5.5 and After Effects CS 5.5. I had the opportunity to talk to Pro Video Coalition about it. View the interview here. Read More


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Adobe Premiere Pro hits 5.5

The incremental update gets some new features, Mercury still screams

By Scott Simmons | April 11, 2011

Here we are at NAB again and here's another release of Adobe Premiere Pro (and the entire Creative Suite). This year's release isn't quite the watershed release that last year's CS5 was but Premiere Pro CS5.5 packs some very nice updated features in overall, while still ignoring a few that I personally think they need to address to keep it moving forward and winning in the minds of editors. Read More


Production Premium CS5.5 storms onto the scene.

Bill Roberts, Director of Product Management at Adobe, blogs about the breadth and depth supported by the performance and openness in new Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium

By Michelle Gallina | April 11, 2011

Welcome to the new reality of 2011 - this industry is changing fast. Our customers are adapting to the new multi-screen world we live in and learning to thrive and prosper in a world where never before has so much content been created and consumed. Change happens fast in this world and that is why Adobe is delighted to be at NAB 2011 to introduce a new release of Production Premium-version CS5.5-only 12 months after our landmark CS5 release.While our users' goal of telling compelling stories doesn't change, the reality of making content today is very different than a few years back-the world of tape compared with our file based reality today couldn't be more different. Adobe has added the concept of file-based workflows across the entire content creation cycle-from the first moment an idea comes into your head till the last glowing pixel fades on the device the consumer watches it on-Adobe is there. We call this "Plan to Playback" and our goal is to provide the essential tools you need across that spectrum (breadth), the specialized tools in specific areas you need to be more productive and creative (depth) and ensure that everything you do goes at full speed and can connect to any other tool you need to (Performance and Openness). Read More


Digital Rebels: The New Generation of Filmmakers & Storytellers

Digital Rebels: The New Generation of Filmmakers & Storytellers

At NAB, 2011: Hear from a new breed of filmmakers who are changing the rules for film production and distribution

By Michelle Gallina | March 31, 2011

If you're attending NAB this year, don't miss Adobe's panel discussion at 12:00 on Tuesday, April 12 in room S222 called Digital Rebels: The New Generation of Filmmakers & Storytellers to hear from a new breed of filmmakers who are changing the rules for film production and distribution. The panel will be hosted by Johnny Loiocono, SVP and General Manager of Adobe's Digital Media Solutions business unit. Defying the big, bloated movie budgets of the past, today's digital rebels are making their films fast and with surprisingly low budgets. But make no mistake; the caliber and quality of these films is right up there with the best of the best. Featured panelists include Tyler Nelson, Assistant Editor on the smash hit The Social Network among many other high-profile Hollywood projects; Gareth Edwards, an award-winning British filmmaker whose latest project Monsters has received critical acclaim on the global independent film circuit; and Jacob Rosenberg, filmmaker, author and digital media expert who has contributed to many films including Avatar, Superman Returns, and Dust to Glory. The panel will discuss what tools they're using-such as RED and DSLR cameras, and software that provides integrated solutions and workflows that make this amazing storytelling possible. Read More