Adobe Adds New Features to Video Collection
Adobe Updates Video Collection
Adobe unveiled new versions of its Video Collection applications at the 2004 National Association of Broadcasters convention, rolling the new applications into a suite dubbed Video Collection 2.5.

Premiere Pro 1.5 adds a new Project Manager, which allows for the collection of files associated with a particular project. This provides the ability to preview files and conformed audio files, exclude unused clips, and give the resulting media files names that match the clip names in the project. Other new features include new audio filters and a sample level adjustment tool, bezier keyframe support for creating smoother motion paths, advanced 3D effects, automatic color adjustments and HD support.

After Effects 6.5 adds text animation presets, support for grid rendering, expanded OpenGL support, tweaks for the latest processors, and Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse color processing system. The professional version also adds support for scripting and motion tracking enhancements. The user can watch previews through attached FireWire devices.

Encore DVD 1.5 uses a new Photoshop CS-based compositing engine and includes background transcoding, library palette enhancements, QuickTime import capabilities and enhanced marker support for setting chapter points. You can also perform more checks of your projects, and set up user operation limits (i.e. preventing users from operating certain functions at certain points during DVD playback.)

Audition 1.5 includes ReWire and VST support for use with third-party applications and plug-ins. Other features include enhanced support for video (including support for AVI, MPEG, DV and WMV files), frequency-space editing to isolate sounds within the spectral view, pitch correction, click and pop elimination, extraction of vocals or instruments and built-in CD burning.

Adobe Video Collection Standard v. 2.5, which includes After Effects Standard, Premiere Pro, Encore DVD and Audition, will retail for $999. Video Collection Professional steps up to After Effects Professional and adds PhotoShop CS, and will retail for $1,499. Upgrade pricing is available for users of previous versions of Premiere, After Effects, Encore DVD and Audition, and varies depending on software or package and version numbers owned. All of the titles will be available separately and within the Video Collection bundles late in the second quarter.

Sony Announces First Dual-Layer DVD+R Burners
Sony has announced that its first two Dual-Layer DVD+R burners will be available at the end of the second quarter. The DRU-700A ATAPI drive and the DRX-700UL FireWire/USB 2.0 drive will be able to burn DVD+R DL discs at 2.4X, and both single-layer DVD-R and DVD+R discs at 8X. Both DVD-RW and DVD+RW rewriteable disc formats can burn at 4X. The drives also burn CD-Rs at 40X and CD-RWs at 24X. Both drives will include a 2MB buffer. The drive comes bundled with Ahead Softwares Nero Burning ROM 6 SE suite. The DRU-700A will carry an MSRP of $230, and the DRX-700UL will be priced at $330.

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