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By Jim Fischer
The First Name in Windows Editing
Adobe has long been the first name that comes to mind when it comes to photo editing, illustration, compositing, video editing and DVD production on the Windows platform. Their latest offering is the Creative Suite Production Studio, which features new versions of their video editing and production software.

Standard and Premium Versions

The software suite is available in both standard and premium versions. The standard version is geared towards users with more basic needs and features.
After Effects 7.0, Premiere Pro 2.0, Photoshop CS2
Users have long understood the power of After Effects for 2D and 3D compositing as well as for adding special effects and animation to your video. In addition to the new user interface that is introduced in this version you will find a Graph Editor to improve control of keyframe editing, a new Timewarp function allows you to variably control the playback speed of your footage and hundreds of new presets for animation and behaviors that will allow you to quickly add animation effects to your footage. On the technical side of things, After Effects now has support for 32-Bit HDR Color, OpenGL 2.0 3D acceleration and several new file formats. You can even export video from After Effects directly to a Flash Video (FLV) file, allowing you to easily deliver your content on the web.
 
  Video editors will feel right at home in Premiere Pro 2.0's powerful editing interface. It includes all the great features you expect from NLE software including multiple video and audio tracks, color correction and native support for digital camcorders. New features include full multicamera editing support, direct DVD video export from a timeline and enhanced clip notation for gathering feedback from clients.
Support for the HDV, SD and HD video formats is now available, as well as the ability to directly export your movie to the Flash Video format.

Photoshop has long been the last word in computer-based image editing. The latest version expands on the programís powerful features by adding enhanced layer control, Smart Objects for nondestructive editing of both vector and raster graphics and support for new RAW file formats captured by high-end digital cameras. The new Vanishing Point feature allows you to paint and paste new objects while matching the perspective of an image automatically. There is even an Image Warp function that allows you to more easily create 3D-style packaging mock-ups by wrapping 2D images around a 3D shape.

The Premium edition adds powerful audio editing capabilities with Audition 2.0, professional DVD production using Encore 2.0 and powerful vector graphics creation and editing with Illustrator CS2. The Premium edition is ideal for users who wish to do more with their video.

Dynamic Link
All this is tied together by Adobe's innovative Dynamic Link interface. Eliminating the need for intermediate rendering of video when transferring it between applications, the programs in this suite are now closely integrated. Your workflow will improve as you find yourself more easily moving your project from application to application without the long delays for rendering that previously stood in your way.

System Requirements & Order Information
The Adobe Production Studio requires an Intel Pentium 4 1.4 GHz processor or greater running Windows XP with Service Pack 2, 512 MB of memory, 21GB of available hard drive space and a dedicated 7200 rpm hard disk for video storage for basic functionality. Users who wish to work with high definition video should have at least a Pentium 4 3.4 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory and RAID 0 storage capabilities.

Both the Standard Version and the Premium Version of the Production Studio are available on the B&H web site.

Upgrade pricing is available from Adobe for owners of previous versions of the included software.


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