In front of a well fed and eager crowd Giles Baker and Steve Kilisky of Adobe Systems demonstrated the Adobe Production Studio to the Motion Graphics Los Angeles User Group meeting at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Adobe sponsored a taco bar buffet line to warm up the appetites of creative professionals, and then walked through a vivid scenario using all the tools in the Adobe Production Studio, including Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, Adobe Audition 2.0, Adobe After Effects 7.0 Professional, Adobe Encore DVD 2.0, and a taste of Adobe Photoshop CS2. The glue that binds all these applications together is a unified dark gray user interface presentation layer, along with Adobe Bridge asset management and preset rangler, and the ability to import projects built in After Effects directly in Premiere Pro or and Encore DVD without rendering or final assembly, called Adobe Dynamic Link. Any change in the After Effects composition, updates automatically in the timeline.
Premiere Pro and After Effects also feature float based processing of effects to ensure maximum color fidelity and encourage the use of high dynamic range images. Premiere Pro now offers multicam editing. Most Production Studio applications also support GPU OpenGL acceleration for realtime previews of effects and edits.
Adobe seems to being playing catch up to Apple, with Motion, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack Pro already featuring multicam editing, GPU acceleration, 32-bit effects support, and many more features. Premiere Pro does offer more complete integration with Adobe Acrobat with a feature called Clip Notes, a robust edit approval system using PDF to generate notes and comments into the editing timeline.
I discussed directly with the Premiere Pro product manager support for the Panasonic DVCPRO HD HVX200 camcorder, and he balked that the licensing fee for the codec was too great to include in Premiere Pro directly. The only method to edit DVCPRO HD is using the Matrox Axio system priced at $11,495. The Adobe Production Studio sells for $1699.