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Adobe Gives a Sneak Peek at New Video Application 'Prelude'

With Story and OnLocation, Adobe has been adding to their better-known video applications (Premiere Pro, After Effects) and transforming their suite into an end-to-end production solution. The latest addition is an application called Prelude, and in San Francisco they recently demoed the new software, which looks to be an on-set ingest and logging program.


Via Philip Hodgetts, here are some of the new features as relayed by Adobe’s Al Mooney:

  • Works directly off non-tape media
  • Media can be previewed and selects trimmed before ingest to Prelude
  • Icons can be “skimmed” (I think Adobe has a different term) FCP X style.
  • Will copy media from the card to a specified location
  • Will (optionally) do proxy (or really any specified format) generation in parallel with ingest
  • Has great tools for subclipping and adding log notes easily
  • Can build simple cuts-only timelines
  • Exports direct to Premiere Pro or to Final Cut Pro 7 XML.

Plenty of questions remain — does this interact with, or replace, Bridge? — but you can bet we’ll be seeing much more about Prelude (and the CS6 suite in general) at this year’s NAB. This looks to be a much-needed application in the days of tapeless, DIT/Data Wrangler-based on-set workflows.

And in other news, the well-known Final Cut Pro User Group (at which Prelude was presented) has changed its name to the Creative Pro User Group. Sure, this is partially due to the Final Cut Pro X debacle, but it’s also a reflection of the fact that the group formerly known as FCPUG has had an increasing number of presentations by Adobe and Avid, even before FCPX.

Link: Adobe Prelude – Philip Hodgetts

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  • Adobe and Avid are not waiting around for Apple to get it’s act together with FCPX.

  • Please please please include first-light-esque color-correction, rotation and cropping as metadata… Please Adobe! :D

  • Way to go, Yipee!
    i hope i’ll be just as excited about the price when it’s finally
    is available (boxed, that is).

  • Saw the other thread Koo, RE: FCPX and the adherents.

    My admonition still and yet is that, if, there are significant adaptive and or adoptive aspects which enhance the workload, regardless of brand, then these changes will serve to “improve” or be re-engineered into the competitors designs.

    My failing or blessing is having cut my sequencing teeth on ATARI, then PC strictly based on costs, I’ve never booted into the iJOBS club, to no great detriment, and advanced by building my own PC’s, which isn’t (or wasn’t) possible regardless for an Apple, again because of cost.

    The years of deridement (not bitter, just abject) from my peers over NOT being an Apple user, are well behind us these days.

    Given that NVIDIA shot out a MAC specific CUDA card last year (No Mercury in Apple land), the whole decade of “powerhouse” equates to Apple is also in the dust bin.

    So, with parity in CPU land and GPU support, innovations such as the Mercury engine, and those contained (according to the other thread in today’s newsletter) not unlike html5 will cross pollinate into the general marketplace as even Adobe is aware of (the other thread from NOV about sunset on Flash).

    I for one, and singularly as an end user have sunk my ducats into the Adobe brand, and so far, have no complaints plus understand that the platform market is dynamic.

    My guess is that iJOBS will utimatly jettison hardware computing, with the cloud being their reserve bench, for the FCPX loyalists, no matter the industry focus. That may well work, into direct to iTV or something, good luck on that wait.

    That leaves the “dinosaur” ethos, serious film editors and creative types, against the us isn’t them youthful exuberance or early adopters in iJOBS speak.

    Like one poster said, when his boss demands he learn FCPX for creative content revenue, then he will learn it.

    For now, the CS6 release will be pretty interesting to be sure.

    • I think (hope) that adobe will add openCL support with CS6 to appease the mac base that left FCP. That’s the more glaring missing link, and should also be one of the most easily fixed too.

  • jarrett towe on 02.3.12 @ 3:03PM

    It would be nice if they would allow this to batch stabilize (warp stabilizer).

  • Looks interesting as a Premiere-centric answer to Red Cine X or FCP’s Batch & Capture (or log & batch, or whatever it is called). A Lightroom for video, basically.

    I’m doubtful it will kill off or integrate into Bridge as Bridge is a beefed up file browser for use with the Adobe suite while Prelude seems aimed more directly for on-set DIT or post production prep; the same debate popped up with Lightroom as it also acts as an image preparer and browser. Sadly, Premiere is lacking some stepping stones in offline workflow (the ability to quickly batch link proxy files to their online counterpart isn’t there, the process is messy or time consuming… overlooked because Premiere is a strong online editor out the gate).

    I’m also drooling over Speedgrade and can’t wait to try it out in CS6… hopefully ADR sync (Rubba Dub) will be included as it’s a feature that makes me jump up and down http://prodesigntools.com/adobe-sneaks-premiere-pro-after-effects-video-tools.html

  • This is a much-awaited and appreciated move by Adobe. Premiere Pro just does not offer a good visual overview of the clips in any given project. onLocation was able to do the job of adding metadata, until Adobe decided to pull the plug on playback of H264 files with the most recent update of oL.

    Prelude should allow for visually rich workflows that allows for easy addition of metadata (meaning) to clips so you, or others, can more easily retrieve files. What would be really cool is if you could skip through a file by showing frames from every few seconds upon mouseover…

    • OIddly, oL can play h.264 files rendered from Premiere and AE, but choked on some old 5D footage I threw into it.

      OnLocation seemed like a product that fills only one niche: ingest and logging of ENG footage in the field. The whole system seems a little cumbersome to use disk recording and script placeholders… I feel like it would slow down any traditional production except sound stage based corporate videos.

  • Will this replace my shotput/proxymill workflow? I would love that…

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