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Adobe Creative Suite 6 Now Available, Here's How to Get 40% Off a Subscription

Adobe Creative Suite 6 is now available. For filmmakers, the bundle of interest is Production Premium CS6, which includes: a redesigned Premiere Pro, Speed Grade for color grading, the new log and ingest application Prelude, new versions of After Effects and Audition, and Creative Cloud integration. Creative Cloud is scheduled to launch May 11th, and will give you access to all CS6 apps for $50/month — or $30/month for the first year if you’re a registered user of any Adobe product since CS3 and use this link by August 31 (that’s 40% off). The new Premiere Pro integrates some speed-focused features borrowed from Apple’s much-maligned Final Cut Pro X, including “hoverscrub,” which was one of my favorite FCPX features; here’s a look at the new version of Adobe’s NLE.

Production Premium will be retailing at $1899, and if you want it all, the Master Collection will be going for $2,599. Subscriptions are available for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Speed Grade, Photoshop, and others for $19.99/month per app — but what I’ll probably be doing is going with the one-year plan for $29.99/month once Creative Cloud launches at the end of this week.

Also of note, the video apps have gotten a new third party API for hardware integration – Adobe Mercury Transmit – which should allow broadcast video monitoring to connect directly into the Mercury Playback Engine via third-party cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design and Matrox. As Apple’s Final Cut Pro X goes a different direction and tries to bundle all functionality into the app itself, Adobe seems to be stressing the “Pro” part with more hardware support. Speaking of which, their purchase of Iridas’ SpeedGrade now brings a full high-end color-correction suite to CS6, though the purchase was so recent I wonder how integrated the application is. Here’s a look at the Adobe-branded version of SpeedGrade, included in CS6:

Are you in for CS6? If so, will you be going to old-fashioned way or the newfangled subscription route? Have you been using the beta? Let us know your thoughts!


[via The Verge]


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  • Andreas Kopriva on 05.7.12 @ 12:54PM

    I’ve signed up for the Creative Cloud a couple of weeks ago, following the live event. The unfortunate thing is that it opens up on the 11th so gonna have to wait a few more days.
    I am curious to see whether speedgrade is as tightly integrate to premier pro as after effects currently is. It would be nice to send footage directly from Premiere for grading – would keep the project a bit more organized.

    • I got to see a Beta demo a month ago and that was addressed: when you “send to” Speedgrade from Premiere it will automatically recompress your timeline into a DPX sequence and conform it on the timeline in Speedgrade. But if you don’t need DPX you can get around it by outputting an EDL and importing it in SpeedGrade like any other colour corrector. Or it also has a “Scene Change Detect” which detects cuts fairly accurately and will cut up a straight timeline output too.

  • I’m testing out CS6 with some 5.5 workflows and everything seems pretty great. Really wish audio scrubbing didn’t pitch up like a beta tape – was really hoping that would be fixed. Speedgrade is performing really well. Think I’ll be in for the subscription for sure!

  • I’ve been using the CS6 Photoshop beta, love it. The new subscription pricing seems reasonable, too. Easier to stomach than the sticker shock that Adobe full-price apps have always struck me with.

  • This offer requires that you are a registered user of a previous version of the CS suite. Not really appealing to Final Cut fans that may make the switch.

  • so I have a question…..This whole subscription thing, is it like a monthly fee then once you paid enough you own the software? say $1899, which if you’re paying $30 a month that would be 30×64 months = 1920. I know 64 months is a lot, but I don’t wanna be paying for a software I will not own in the end. I am mainly a FCPx user now and I don’t mind it. It works well with my workflow and the cameras I use now but since the new Premiere Pro came out I’ve been wanting to give it a try, and actually pay for it. Thanks!

    • No, it’s a pertpetual subscription, you are not paying down the boxed software price in installments. If you decide you don’t want to pay a monthly fee anymore, you loose the ability to run the software on your machine.

      However, if you’re only looking at replacing FCP with Premiere, you can get that license at a standalone price of $20 a month. I’d download the trial version first when it’s released to make sure you’re not committing yourself to something that doesn’t jive with your particular workflow.

  • Can you keyframe and track the masks in Speed Grade?

  • Clayton Arnall on 05.7.12 @ 3:43PM

    Really looking forward to being able to save renders in AE! The subscription seems like a good deal.

  • This article’s kind of deceptive in that you don’t have to use that link to get the discount. Just say it helps you out or something but don’t make it like it’s some kind of exclusive thing and try to trick people into it. Not cool

  • john jeffreys on 05.7.12 @ 4:33PM

    their UI still looks like its from the 90′s.

  • I’ve been on the subscription service for a while now, since I got CS5.5 a year ago. I prefer it actually. It becomes a monthly expense like rent and I’m always up to date with my software. I think it works better all around as far as cash-flow goes for me and Adobe. There will however be people against it as its a perception thing, but as a business do you lease a vehicle or own it?

  • I’ve been stuck in no man’s land with FCP7 for too long now, I haven’t seen enough improvement to FCPX to jump to that… been reluctant to go to Premiere, just so I don’t have to relearn the program. But this stuff looks too good to keep ignoring.

  • I LOVE what they’ve done with the new after effects. The new premiere looks fine as well, for those of us that work primarily through the keyboard, it’s nice to see the ability to get rid of buttons that we don’t need hogging our screen real estate.

    On the other hand, Speedgrade looks dreadful. The wasted screen real estate, the clunkiness of it…I mean, open it next to Resolve, and you’ll see what I mean. With that being said, you can’t win them all, and Adobe has had me for years w/ Photoshop and After Effects and occasionally Premiere, so not loving Speedgrade is hardly a reason to pass it up. Good job for all involved, exciting times. :)

  • Does anyone know how the subscription works in regards to… do you need to be online while using it? Is it a cloud thing and if so what if you’re without internet (for whatever reason) cold you still edit?

    • I asked this too because a lot of broadcasters/post houses work on closed networks. I was told that it requires you to be online to ‘validate’ your subscription once a month, but that’s it. Obviously there are extra cloud services like the 20GB upload space that are only useful with the internet connected which wouldn’t work.

    • Good question. I’ll be subscribing when it comes out Friday, and my Wi-fi sucks, so I’ll find out soon enough… I would hope it would be an occasional check and not a persistent thing.

  • Jordan Carr on 05.8.12 @ 2:10AM

    Way OT (ignore if you wish)

    …is it just me or is the CS6 box cover the cheeziest thing they could have come up with? At first I though it was an ad for Harry Potter. Some of the worlds most advanced consumer editing software from a BILLION dollar company….it the box looks like a Disney movie or Lego product.

    So silly.

    • I never looked at it, really… Wow, you’re right.

      • john jeffreys on 05.9.12 @ 10:05PM

        I personally really like the CS5 title box things that pop up while the program loads. Each program is a different shape :D

      • The art pieces from each product are from artists who actually use that product in their daily work. The artists are from all over the world. It was all put together by the Tolleson Design agency in San Francisco. You can see the video of all of the work as well as all of the individual pieces and the making of videos here:

  • I’ve tested beta version, could not find the reason why mercury playback does not worked.

  • It is interesting to me that every “new” feature highlighted in the new Premier, with the exception of hover scrub, has been a feature of Sony Vegas Pro for a while.

    I know, I know… it isn’t taken as seriously, and for broadcasters or post houses with apple it is more understandable to me. But in general, as far as editing software is concerned, Sony Vegas Pro may be the most under rated (and under valued) software of all time.

    Serious, most the “new” features in both FCPX and Premier have been around in Vegas a few years previously.

    • Yeah, it is very under rated. I remember a few years ago when I did a compilation DVD of movie history and all these different sources and codecs nearly killed me, it really did kill PPro and FCP (and probably Avid too if I had it back then) plus all my third party encoders. But Vegas just took it all: Different frame sizes with different pixel aspect ratio and frame rate from every source I threw at it. But I’m on Mac now so… Vore for a Mac version of Vegas! :D

    • At least there’s some Vegas love here. :-D

    • @Hampus

      In his recent post praising CS6, Phillip Bloom makes a big deal about the exact type of experience you described as being a big factor in why he is going with the new Premier. Yeah, Vegas has can take nearly anything you throw at it… and at the same time, in the same project, without the need to pre-render, background render, or anything like that… and the real kicker is that this feature has been a part of Vegas Pro for several years now.

      Since Premier has become closer in line with the things I love about Vegas – intuitive, ease of use, native playback, etc – I’m actually gonna give it another try. I’ve wanted to play with FCPX but haven’t had the opportunity. For people like me, who work with post-houses occasionally and broadcast video, Vegas could really benefit from solid compatibly with FCP and Premier and the native Pro Tools file format.

      However, the thing that I feel Sony Vegas Pro is most missing is better marketing and support from the company (I’m convinced this alone would change the market share dramatically) since there is so much value that simply isn’t being effectively communicated or demonstrated for users.