Adobe really is open

Automatic Duck co-founder Wes Plate talks about his past, present, and future with Adobe.

By Todd Kopriva | November 04, 2011

Last month, it was announced that Automatic Duck, makers of popular plug-ins for exchanging timelines between After Effects, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, and more, had partnered with Adobe to bring best-of-class interchange technology to Adobe Premiere Pro and Production Premium. As the President and co-founder of Automatic Duck, Inc., I was invited to join the team at Adobe and put my experience and ideas to work on the future of the suite. Read More


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All of the Automatic Duck plug-ins are now free

With the move toward Adobe Auto Duck is doing a solid for the editing and post community

By Scott Simmons | October 28, 2011

It was just over a month ago that the post-production community was surprised by the news that the perennial workflow / transfer tools from Automatic Duck were suddenly gone. If you've been under a rock get up to speed on that news here and here. Another bombshell dropped Friday night when news broke that all those legacy Auto Duck products are now available for free. Read More


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Update Alert: DaVinci Resolve 8.1: FCPX support, lots of little things

This latest update allows roundtripping to and from FCPX as well as refinements for other workflows

By Scott Simmons | October 15, 2011

The engineers over at Blackmagic Design continue their mad dash to update and upgrade DaVinci Resolve. The end of last week saw the release of Resolve 8.1. This comes after the huge 7 to 8 upgrade we saw earlier in the year but this incremental update to 8.1 adds some pretty significant features itself. Probably the headline feature is support for Final Cut Pro X's new XML format. Secondary to that but equally important to those using Resolve in a grading facility is better Avid Media Composer roundtripping and some FCP7 XML updates. Plus you can even use Resolve 8.1 as a go-between to move from FCPX to FCP& or maybe Media Composer to FCPX! That is if that need ever really arose. Read on for a list of changes and some experiments with roundtripping. Read More


David Dessel’s personal transition to Adobe Premiere Pro

By Michelle Gallina | October 11, 2011

Recently, David Dessel described his personal reasons for moving his work from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro. You can watch his presentation and learn about what factors motivated his transition here:"Confessions of a switcher, with David Dessel"If you want to learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro, check out these resources:Premiere Pro resources for Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer usersFAQ: How do I learn Premiere Pro? Read More


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A short Q and A with Automatic Duck about their Adobe move

Auto Duck is retooling their company as its co-founder moves to Adobe

By Scott Simmons | October 07, 2011

A bit of surprising news came across the tubes just the other day about one of the workhorse tool companies of post-production. That news was that Automatic Duck, and its founder and face man Wes Plate, had been scooped up by Adobe. It was quite a surprise to me as I have always seen Automatic Duck as a platform independent company. While they specifically made plugs-ins for Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro these tools made it possible to to move edits into other systems including Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools as well as Quantel. And like that, Automatic Duck was gone … at least for a little while. Read More


Ask a CS Pro: Mastering the Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Panel

By Michelle Gallina | September 16, 2011

Thursday, 3 November, 10:00AM PDTIn this Ask a CS Pro session, Richard Harrington will provide an introduction to the Timeline panel in Adobe Premiere Pro.Richard will demonstrate basic editing techniques, such as insert, overwrite, ripple, and roll edits. He'll then move on to demonstrate the more advanced and powerful features in the Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline panel, including using a replace edit, creating custom transitions, and using Adobe Dynamic Link to exchange files with Adobe After Effects and Audition.Click here for information and to register for this online seminar.About Richard Harrington:Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel in Washington, DC ( Richard is the co-author of the new book and DVD, An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro. He is also the host of Creative COW's Premiere Pro video podcast. To find out more, follow Rich on Twitter @rhedpixel or visit his blog ( Read More


Ask a CS Pro: Intro to sound design with Adobe Audition

By Michelle Gallina | August 26, 2011

In this week's Ask a CS Pro session, Senior Solutions Engineer Colin Smith will provide an introduction to sound design, including matching audio levels, adding foley, understanding effects, and mastering for output to video with Adobe Audition CS5.5.Join us this Friday, 26 August, at 12 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.About Colin Smith:As Senior Solutions Engineer DMO with more than 14 years of experience at Adobe, Colin travels across North America evangelizing Adobe software to individuals, corporations, and professional associations. Mr. Smith is a certified Adobe expert in Acrobat and Creative Suite. He is a frequent speaker at Adobe's customer seminars, providing tutorials for business communicators, graphic designers, print professionals, and video and audio producers and editors. He also appears regularly on television and radio stations in major cities in Canada, including CP24 in Toronto, A-Channel in Ottawa, and CKNW in Vancouver.Mr. Smith also works closely with law enforcement agencies to leverage Photoshop and other Adobe technologies to fight crime. An avid music composer, video producer and photographer, Colin expresses his artistic voice through multiple media: music recordings, web sites, and digital photography and video. Read More


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