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NAB Video: Adobe's CS5.5 Presentations and Stereoscopic 3D in After Effects

04.27.11 @ 12:40PM Tags : , , , ,

With all the hubbub about the new Final Cut Pro X, it’s easy to forget Adobe announced new versions of their video applications only the day before Apple’s sneak peak event. CS5.5 has a lot of significant new features, and Adobe was demoing the video-centric Production Premium suite all week at their NAB booth. Here’s what they were showing:

The first presentation I sat in on was from writer/director Gareth Edwards, who edited and post-produced his self-shot $500k feature Monsters using mostly Adobe products. It was an inspiring presentation, and while the Adobe video below is full of fluff, it is true what Edwards says: for Premiere Pro, CS5 was a huge upgrade from CS4. We had enough problems editing individual episodes of The West Side in CS4; I can’t imagine a feature. Here’s a couple of quotes from Edwards, followed by his story from Adobe:

Filmmaker Gareth Edwards (Monsters): "I learned to make rubbish movies cheaply and quicly in my back yard... " (cont'd) #nabshow
"... and then I enrolled in film school and learned how to make rubbish movies slowly and expensively." #nabshow
His original idea was akin to Cloverfield, but then Cloverfield came out... so Monsters was "Afghanistan to Cloverfield's 9/11." #nabshow

As for the rest of the presentations at the Adobe booth, here’s a private version of what they were showing, via ProVideoCoalition:

Finally, while I’m certainly not any sort of expert on 3D shooting (or post-production), you can guess that 3D was everywhere at NAB. One of After Effects CS5.5′s new features is its ability to handle stereoscopic 3D, as detailed in this presentation:

Of course, CS5.5 is, as you’d guess from its name, an incremental upgrade over the previous suite. But with plenty of answers yet to come about Final Cut Pro X, you can bet Adobe is hoping FCP X loses some tried-and-true features (like the viewer) — which Adobe can then tout as “old” features.

[via ProVideo Coalition]


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  • Chris Hubbard on 04.27.11 @ 9:52PM

    I’ve noticed Cs5.5 is largely geared towards taking advantage of the 64bit systems in laptops as well.

    regarding adobe’s partnership with nvidia, does the mercury playback engine work with the AMD radeons?
    2011 macbookpros?

    • No Chris. Mercury is CUDA (and thus) Nvidia Only :(

      You’d want (AMD/ATI/Apple’sOpenCL, which is an announced feature of FCPX.