Adobe Premiere has been the long-established leading video editing application (www.adobe.com/premiere) for Windows and Macintosh. For video professionals, and for others ready to step up to a more professional tool, Premiere offers professional features and a clean and robust interface for working on digital video projects. In August 2002, Adobe shipped the latest version, Premiere 6.5, with features including real-time preview, a new Title Designer, and support for MPEG-2 export and DVD authoring.
I had the pleasure of working with Adobe on the Premiere beta program, and was impressed with the level of activity and enthusiasm among the beta users. Premiere has always offered strong support for third-party hardware and software, as well as integration for working with within the Adobe digital video family (After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator). Premiere 6.0, introduced in January 2001, added support for DV and Web formats, and significantly enhanced the user interface for both novice and professional users. And now version 6.5 updates Premiere to take advantage of recent developments in hardware and software performance
This new version 6.5 is a "point" release, refreshing Premiere to the latest operating systems -- Microsoft Windows XP and Macintosh OS X - and taking advantage of faster processing speeds with features like real-time preview and MPEG encoding. This is not a total rewrite to a major new "7.0" type of release, but instead is an upgrade and enhancement to the existing product. For people already familiar with Premiere, there are no gratuitous changes to the interface. All the existing features still work the same as you are used to; in fact the product ships with the old manual, plus an addendum that describes the new features. Besides the expanded support for digital video devices and real-time hardware, the 6.5 product includes the new Adobe Title Designer with more than 90 Adobe PostScript fonts, plus support for import and export in the new Windows Media 9 format, and exporting directly to MPEG format for DVD authoring. The product also includes additional goodies such as additional After Effects filters, audio processing tools from TC Works, and updated Sonic Desktop SmartSound Quicktracks.
Perhaps the most visible addition to Premiere 6.5 is support for software real-time preview. As the processing power of desktop and even laptop systems has increased, it is now possible to preview your timeline in software, without needing assistance from a hardware card. You can see the visual effects of your edits immediately, including transitions, effects, and titles, instead of needing to wait to render each time you want to experiment with a change.
Premiere 6.0 included a simple Title editor for formatting text and graphics with rolls and crawls. Version 6.5 adds the new Adobe Title Designer, a much more sophisticated tool for broadcast-quality title sequences that includes features similar to Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. (The old Title editor is still available for compatibility with old projects.)The Title Designer includes high-quality text and drawing tools, plus management of styles and properties, and transformations and animation. Besides the basic text formatting options such as fonts, sizes, and colors, it adds typographic controls such as kerning, leading, baseline shift, slant, and rotation. You also can apply edge treatments such as outlining, embossing, and bevels, and control transparency, drop shadows, and gradients. You even can map a texture patterns onto text.