Adobe Launches Creative Suite 5.5 with New Video Features and Monthly Payment Option

Adobe today announced Creative Suite 5.5, a mid-cycle upgrade to CS5 that introduces significant new features to the video programs, adds mobile-based publishing and program extensions, and offers a new subscription payment model that eliminates the sticker shock of purchasing the full suite.

CS5.5 also adds Adobe Audition (a more fully-functional audio editing application than the presently-bundled Soundbooth), and considering Adobe's chilly relationship with Apple, the suite has an interesting focus on using the iPad to extend Photoshop (no word yet on whether such functionality will be available for the video apps).

If you don't want to or can't afford to plunk down the $2,599 that the Master Collection retails for, Adobe's new monthly pricing modelstarts at $35/month for Photoshop, $95/month for Production Premium, and $129/month for the full Master Collection. Note that these prices are based on yearly payment options -- if you want to pay month-to-month, they run slightly more. Either way, an interesting new payment model for Adobe.

Here's a summary of what's new in Premiere Pro CS5.5. If you're interested in After Effects CS5.5 and its new Warp Stabilizer feature check out this great post (with plenty of video demos) at ProVideo Coalition.

Since on this site we're mainly interested in the video production features, below is the Production Premium press release -- see here for the general CS5.5 PR.

Press Release

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Creative Suite® 5.5 Production Premium, the complete software solution for video and post-production that helps deliver content to virtually any screen. Breakthrough performance, workflow improvements, creative innovations, and powerful new audio editing capabilities build upon the huge customer momentum Production Premium is experiencing with broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals worldwide. New versions receiving major updates include Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5.5, Adobe After Effects® CS5.5, Adobe Flash® Professional CS5.5, Adobe Flash Catalyst® CS5.5, Adobe Story, Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5, and Adobe Device Central CS5.5. New to Creative Suite 5.5 is Adobe Audition® CS5.5, bringing its audio-for-video multitrack editing environment to both Mac OS and Windows® for the first time.

Today also sees Adobe debut an affordable and flexible subscription-based pricing plan, attractive to customers that want to get current and stay current on Creative Suite products, have project-based needs, or try the software for the first time. New Subscription Editions ensure customers with active subscriptions are always working with the most up-to-date versions of the software, without the upfront cost of full pricing. Now customers can use Adobe Production Premium CS5.5 for as little as US$85 per month.

“Over the past year, we’ve received a phenomenal response to Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Production Premium for its performance, new features and expanded integration with hardware and camera manufacturers that makes metadata, collaboration and distribution a seamless workflow for video professionals,” said Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager for Professional Video, Adobe. “CS5.5 turbo-charges a product that has already taken the industry by storm and gives story-tellers new tools and features to continue to astonish audiences around the world.”

Even Greater Productivity

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium delivers massive productivity enhancements that enable video and audio professionals to dramatically accelerate their workflows. The powerful Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, introduced in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, broadens its graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware support to include laptops and more supported cards, and allows users to open projects faster, get real-time feedback for more GPU-accelerated features, and work more smoothly at 4k and higher resolutions.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 boosts performance by providing a smoother editing workflow, enabled by new trimming and editing tools that provide more precision and control. Dual-system sound support from the new Merge Clips command in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 lets users quickly sync video with high-quality audio recorded on separate devices like location recorders, ideal for DSLR or RED workflows. Leveraging an integrated workflow with Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere Pro users can save time by sending individual clips or sequences, including reference videos, directly to Adobe Audition for audio editing and restoration. Adobe’s lead in file-based workflows widens in CS5.5 with enhanced support for RED and other tapeless cameras, including improved RED Source Settings dialog in Premiere Pro and After Effects CS5.5 and native support for up to 5k media from RED Epic cameras via an extension available on Adobe Labs. Providing a truly native editing solution, CS5.5 saves users time and eliminates the need to transcode or rewrap footage.

Building on Creative Suite Production Premium’s industry-leading multiscreen capabilities, the new 64-bit Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 has been completely redesigned to deliver Adobe Premiere Pro video sequences, After Effects compositions, and Adobe Encore® projects to multiple screen formats quickly, while doing the encoding in the background. Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 also introduces new format support such as AVC-Intra and DPX, and watch folders so users can encode a single clip to multiple destinations with a simple drag and drop.

“When you watch a film, it’s the larger experience that sticks with you, the combination of elements, not the individual details,” said Gareth Edwards, award winning filmmaker and the creative driving force behind the much-heralded 2010 independent film, Monsters. “That’s what I love about Adobe Creative Suite – all of the individual tools interlink seamlessly and blur the line between each part of the process so the focus is creating a cohesive work, not a bunch of different pieces. This interconnectivity coupled with the incredible speed of the Mercury Playback Engine makes for a powerful combination – if we had CS5.5 when we made Monsters, I know we would have finished two months earlier.”

Game-Changing Innovations

New innovations across the suite continue to help audio and video professionals push the boundaries of their creativity. After Effects CS5.5 introduces new features such as the Warp Stabilizer, Camera Lens Blur and Light Falloff to enable users to enhance footage in post-production. The breakthrough Warp Stabilizer eliminates unwanted camera movement by steadying shaky footage, making handheld footage appear as smooth as a camera mounted on a mechanical stabilizer. The Camera Lens Blur effect mimics the properties of physical lenses offering more realistic depth of field blurs. The Light Falloff effect enables users to simulate natural illumination falloff to mimic how light behaves in a 3D scene and can be used to create other light intensity effects.

Already well-adopted in the audio industry, video professionals can now harness the power of Adobe Audition in CS5.5 Production Premium – for both Mac and Windows platforms. The completely re-written audio engine in Audition offers a robust toolset to record, edit, mix, master, and sweeten audio. With its professional editing and multitrack mixing tools, powerful noise-reduction and effects options, audio and video professionals on both platforms can now benefit from Adobe Audition CS5.5 for handling a wide range of tasks quickly and efficiently.

Improved Collaboration

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium continues to drive innovation by enhancing how users collaborate with existing workflows, even if they use a variety of tools. Enhanced project exchange support for Final Cut Pro users provides maximum flexibility for video editors, while new or enhanced OMF support in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition makes it possible to export high-quality audio projects to Avid Pro Tools, facilitating more efficient collaboration between audio editors, remixers and sound designers.

Access to the new version of Adobe Story, an Adobe CS Live online service*†, improves collaboration between users with email notifications of new script edits and a faster method of tracking changes through script elements and filters. The ability to import Adobe Story script data directly into Adobe Premiere Pro further strengthens XML-based metadata support found throughout the Production Premium suite, which is critical for everything from file-based workflows to media asset management. This industry leadership around metadata-driven workflows, plus the ease and flexibility of communicating with Adobe applications with critical third party solutions from news management systems to playback servers, is the catalyst behind many broadcasters and other organizations around the world switching to Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium is scheduled to ship within 30 days with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe Direct Sales. Estimated street price for Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium is expected to be US$1,699. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available.

By subscribing to Creative Suite, customers can choose a one-year subscription plan for lower payments or a month-to-month subscription for greater flexibility. For more information about Subscription Editions, visit:

Pricing for the new Subscription Edition starts as low as US$39 per month for Adobe Premiere Pro and US$85 per month for Production Premium.

Education pricing for students, faculty and staff in K-12 and higher education is available from Adobe Authorized Education Resellers and the Adobe Education Store at More information regarding education volume licensing for higher education and K-12 institutions can be viewed at

For more detailed information about features, OS support, upgrade policies, pricing and International versions, please visit

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so, instead of using sony vegas or similarly low-priced editing options, an ultra-low-budget filmmaker can now pack all his editing/post work in one or two months, and use the full CS5 Production Premium for a very reasonable monthly fee


April 11, 2011 at 3:28AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


As a regular user of After Effects, it angers me that Premiere has real time Keying and Garbage mattes with multiple layers of nested full HD content, but AE still needs to render? WTF.

Please, somebody, correct me if I'm wrong?

April 11, 2011 at 8:38AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

This angers me

Just use Premiere, then?

April 11, 2011 at 12:11PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

This doesn't an...

Dude, you miss my POINT.

I'm a vfx guy, not an editor. The fact that an editor is receiving REAL-TIME effects while AE still has to render is what pisses me off.

Saying "JUST USE PREMIERE" is a retarded response. You're like the doctor in the old joke who says to the patient who says his arms hurts when he bends it...., "just stop bending it".

April 12, 2011 at 7:52AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Stay on point

Well, you didn't miss *my* point, then. :)

Why is a vfx guy all that worried about what an editor's capabilities are?

AE spent years ahead of Premiere, a little time behind isn't *that* unreasonable, is it? I'm sure it will catch up...

April 13, 2011 at 5:42AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Staying on target...

AAAh . . .

AE doen't have to render when you key a clip. And as for garbage mattes, just draw a mask.

I just pulled in a, AVCHD clip, dragged it on the timeline, drew a mask aroung the subject, applied Keylight and done. Hit play and ther it is. Please explain what you're talking about. By the way, unfortunately, the keyer in Premiere bites compared to keylight. If it wasn't a good green screen shot, I have to roundtrip it to AFX via dynamic link to pull a good key.


April 13, 2011 at 10:20AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This is actually not like "Pluraleyes" at all, it just has the ability to match time code present in 2 files or after you manually match a group of files merge them into one clip.

Pluraleyes will actaully analyze your audio, and though time compression and expansion it will "warp" your target audio to match your source audio, 100% different syncing technique.

April 11, 2011 at 9:46AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Wow, I had no ideas Pluraleyes did such complex time-warp matching. Pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing!

PS. does this "warp" affect the pitch? or if it's just matching picture, it's essentially the same-thing down to sub-frame accuracy.

April 11, 2011 at 10:09AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Good to know, thanks for the correction Matt.

April 17, 2011 at 12:53AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Ryan Koo

Support for more cards (including some laptop sets) for Mercury Playback, but sadly no mention of supporting any non-CUDA that I've found. Even now that AMD is bundling their OpenCL drivers with standard driver installations, it's disappointing to see that only NVIDIA cards are supported.

April 13, 2011 at 9:53AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


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April 14, 2013 at 2:06AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM