It not only had to overcome the lackluster reputation of its previous Mac-compatible predecessor, Premiere 6. Today, Premiere Pro has more firmly established a reputation with Mac-based editors, and this new version will enhance its credibility. In contrast to the previous version, Premiere Pro CS4 includes the same software bundle as the Windows package and can accept a wider range of tapeless formats.
It not only had to overcome the lackluster reputation of its previous Mac-compatible predecessor, Premiere 6. Today, Premiere Pro has more firmly established a reputation with Mac-based editors, and this new version will enhance its credibility.
In contrast to the previous version, Premiere Pro CS4 includes the same software bundle as the Windows package and can accept a wider range of tapeless formats. A new Media Browser panel, extensive support of metadata, revamped editing controls, blending modes, and batch processing are among its other notable new features. Until Adobe decides to restore Ultra to the package, users can turn to the Keylight effect included with After Effects for professional keying, but will have to look elsewhere for virtual set features.
OnLocation CS4 gives Mac users a valuable production tool that allows them to use a laptop to monitor and capture video in the field. OnLocation not only lets your laptop serve as a field monitor, but also as a portable waveform monitor and vectorscope, instruments used to accurately measure video luminance and chrominance levels. You can also use the program to capture video to a hard disc while shooting, bypassing the additional step of capturing footage later from videotape.
Premiere Pro CS4 comes with Adobe OnLocation CS4 shown here , which turns your laptop into a portable field monitor, video measurement tool, and capture device. It provides a unified interface for specifying capture settings, controlling a wide range of camcorders and decks, logging, and batch capture. But on the Mac, Premiere Pro captures a single master clip and creates a subclip for each shot. Both master clips and subclips work fine when it comes to editing.
But because the subclips are linked to a single, large master clip and media file, managing media and storage space could be more difficult. As part of the Premiere Pro interface, the Media Browser provides a more convenient way to search for footage than using the traditional Import command and dialog box.
And by allowing you to sift the items it lists by file type, it makes finding the footage you want even easier. And Premiere Pro CS4 not only supports the media, but its metadata, as well. Along with the video and audio, Premiere Pro recognizes additional shot information encoded in the file, making it easy to organize and search the footage without intermediate steps.
A new Metadata panel lets you view and input information about a clip or its source file. The Rights Management schema, for instance, includes data fields for storing and tracking copyright information. Moreover, metadata can be conveyed throughout the workflow: Metadata logged in OnLocation is transferred to Premiere Pro, and a file exported for the Web can contain metadata that enables you to search the video. Australia, Canada, the U. You can even set it to identify different speakers. When you play the clip, each spoken word is highlighted in the transcript.
Conversely, double-clicking a word in the transcript cues the clip to the corresponding frame in the Source panel. To find a particular word in the selected clip, just type it in a search field. Premiere Pro CS4 incorporates a new Media Browser panel at the bottom left for locating, previewing, and importing footage.
A new Metadata panel on the right incorporates numerous categories of clip and file information, but its automated speech transcript feature isn't very accurate. Automated speech transcription could be just the kind of feature Adobe is looking for to lure more editors—particularly those who regularly deal with interview footage—to Premiere Pro CS4. Using the slower, higher quality transcription mode, it took about twice the duration of a clip to analyze its audio.
But I would have gladly waited longer for a more accurate transcription. And although you can correct the transcript manually, the process can be painstaking. True, even an incomplete transcript could contain enough correct keywords to help you locate certain utterances. And implementing metadata this way has real potential for automating other workflows.
But it could only export a single sequence to a single format. And because AME is a separate program, it can render in the background while you continue to work in Premiere Pro or any other application. Improved editing Premiere Pro uses a familiar and efficient editing paradigm that enables you perform edits by dragging with the mouse or by using editing controls—two methods generally referred to as drag-and-drop editing, and 3-point editing.
In Premiere Pro CS4, both methods have been improved. For 3-point editing, new track buttons make it possible to work with formats that contain multiple audio tracks, and to perform more complex edits. The addition of sync lock controls lets you specify whether clips in a track shift when you perform insert edits without having to lock the track, as in the previous version.
The addition of source track and sync lock controls makes 3-point editing more efficient. Admittedly, drag-and-drop editing is inherently more straightforward and intuitive. But the controls for performing a 3-point edit feel a bit spread out. Other improvements Premiere Pro CS4 includes numerous other improvements. In contrast to the previous version, you can apply speed changes, transitions, and effects to multiple clips at once.
And you can finally composite clips using blending modes and retain blending modes when importing files from Photoshop. Other new features include an enhanced view of audio in the Source monitor, more assignable keyboard shortcuts, and the ability to replace a clip yet retain its effects and other settings.
Text objects can now be copied from Premiere Pro and pasted into other applications, but I still look forward to more substantial upgrades to the titler's capabilities in the future. Nevertheless, Adobe set the right priorities for upgrading to CS4. But editing programs must also be judged on the company they keep. The trio is less extensive, but also less expensive, than Final Cut Studio.
It has yet to attain the best-of-class standing enjoyed by many of the other programs in the Creative Suite, but it has earned its place among them. For those who already have an allegiance to other programs in the Creative Suite—but not to another editing system—Premiere Pro CS4 should be particularly tempting. When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission.
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