Thursday, November 26, 2009

Editing Now and in the Future...

I know, I know…it’s been a long time since my last post here. I’ve no excuse other then I’ve been extremely busy with work. When you run a small production company, you’ve got to take the work when it’s there. And in this economy, that sometimes means taking more then you normally can handle. After a few long days, things are getting back to normal. I've had some really fun and interesting projects.

For those Premiere Pro users out there, Adobe released the 4.2 update for CS4. It adds AVC-I native support which is something long overdue in my opinion. I tested it out and it seems to work great. I have to say that while Adobe does make us wait for format support, when they do deliver it usually is very good. AVC-I is a great codec, and it was one of the reasons why I really looked at getting the HPX-300 camera. But having now shot a few projects with my EX-3, I don't regret my decision at all - the EX-3 is such an incredible camera.

Also included is updated support for FCP project importing. You now have the ability to import FCP 7 projects into Premiere Pro. While they didn’t add FCP export, I’ve read that they are still working on that. For those who live in San Diego, I am planning on showing the FCP-Premiere Pro workflow at the next Premiere Pro User Group meeting. I’ll post more on that when I have details. If you're a FCP editor and want to help out, please let me know. Oh, and just another word about the next meeting - it's looking like I'll have a really great raffle prize...can't say for sure just yet, but it's looking good! It could be a very Merry Christmas for one lucky person.

One other big note regarding Premiere Pro is the Mercury playback engine. What’s that, you ask? It' s only the next big thing in editing. When this is released, it will be a game changer - big time. It uses the GPU of your video card to playback multiple video clips with effects added from the timeline in realtime…we’re talking about some heavy effects on the clips – color correction, blur, etc. And it works on clips ranging from DV all the way to 4K RED files.

It’s still in beta testing now, and Adobe hasn’t said when it will be released (I'm hoping and praying it's ready for CS5). But know this, with Premiere Pro going 64 bit in CS5, adding this would make an already great looking release even better. If you want to know more, you can go here and watch a video about it - it's a few minutes in. You can also check out Dennis Radeke’s The Genesis Project blog for more info. I can’t tell you how exciting this is. It really has the potential to make editing so much easier and faster. It’ll be interesting to see what Apple and Avid come up with in response.

If you'd like to see full video about this, check here. This video says it all - it's just an amazing new technology.

That’s all for now…promise to not be gone so long again.

I hope you all have a great holiday season!

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