Ok, updates to the site have been a little scarce lately. At the moment I’m out of the country… long story… complicated project… However, since I tend to recommend Adobe products, it would be remiss of me not to take a break to mention that Adobe released Premiere Pro 2 and After Effects 7 a couple of days ago. This isn’t really a surprise since there were many rumors concerning this, but now that it finally is officially out, we can see what’s new.
Premiere Pro 2 has a better interface, HDV and DVCPRO HD/P2 support, more color corrections tools and effects, more DVD encoding and exporting options, and better integration with other Adobe products. It also seems to have had some serious retooling under the hood, with a new video engine, supporting resolution up to 4k and color depth up to 16-bit, and utilizing the GPU for some rendering tasks. Sounds very neat indeed.
After Effects 7 also has a new rendering engine that makes use of OpenGL, provides plenty of speed increases, and can render in 32-bit space. You can make use of this with the many new input/output options. There’s also a new TimeWarp feature, with works like Twixtor or ReTimer by using per-pixel warping to create interpolated frames for smoother slow motion ramps or adjusting the amount of motion blur in a shot. Of course, it also has the revamped, dockable interface that Premiere does, and the same back-and-forth integration options.
That integration is part of the new Dynamic Link feature, which cleverly allows Adobe apps to share the same system resources. For example, if you have the same video clip loaded into After Effects, Premiere, and Encore, rather than loading the same clip into three separate RAM partitions for each program, there is a single shared RAM allocation that all the applications use, so that all of them simply see the same clip. In this way, you can load the same large project into all the programs without increasing the load on your system too much.
It also means that, since all the programs are sharing the same resource files, they might as well share their output files too. So, with the new system, you can, for example, drag unrendered After Effects compositions into Premiere or Encore, and see and edit them in real time as After Effects generates the preview in the background. In order to find out more about something that is more than the sum of its parts, check out the new Production Studio, which includes Illustrator CS2, Photoshop CS2, After Effects 7.0, Encore DVD 2.0, Premiere Pro 2.0, and Audition 2.0, and the Adobe Bridge tool.