Reprinted from an Adobe press release:

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the introduction of the Adobe Video Collection 2.5, which includes new versions of its award-winning digital video products Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects 6.5, Adobe Audition 1.5 and Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 (see separate releases). With outstanding cross-product integration and performance enhancements that take advantage of the latest advances in hardware, Adobe’s new video line-up also introduces more than 200 innovative new features, including advanced support for high definition (HD) video in Premiere Pro 1.5.

Adobe Video Collection 2.5 will be debuted at the Adobe booth (#SL4730) during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event in Las Vegas from April 19-22.

“With these milestone video product releases, Adobe delivers a tightly integrated and innovative post production platform relied upon by broadcast pros, filmmakers and corporate and event videographers,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Digital Imaging and Digital Video at Adobe. “These latest releases extend our product leadership in digital video and audio editing, motion graphics, effects, and DVD production – and are optimized to take advantage of the latest systems advances we’re seeing from Intel and our hardware partners.”

Enhanced integration and common interface elements make working in the Adobe video postproduction environment easier and more productive. Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects 6.5, and Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 support Adobe Photoshop CS features, including nested layer sets and non-square pixels. The ability to copy and paste between Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects further tightens the integration between these two industry-leading applications. Sharing effects between Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro extends customers’ creative options. Using the Adobe Video Collection 2.5, Adobe Encore DVD users can send Photoshop menus to After Effects to create unique motion menus. Adobe Encore DVD also recognizes timeline markers created in After Effects 6.5 and Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 AVI and MPEG-2 files, giving users the option to convert markers to DVD chapter points. In addition to integration features across the Adobe Video Collection, each of the products announced today offers significant new functionality.

The Adobe Video Collection is available in two versions, Standard and Professional. Designed for corporate and event production professionals, the Adobe Video Collection Standard includes Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects 6.5 Standard, Adobe Audition 1.5, and Adobe Encore DVD 1.5. The Professional edition of the Adobe Video Collection was created for film and broadcast professionals, incorporating Adobe After Effects 6.5 Professional and Adobe Photoshop CS.

Pricing and Availability
The Adobe Video Collection available for Windows XP will be available in the second calendar quarter of 2004. The estimated street price for Adobe Video Collection Standard will be US$999. Upgrade versions from any of the individual products will be available for an estimated street price of US$799. The estimated street price for Adobe Video Collection Professional will be US$1499. Customers who owned the previous version of Adobe Video Collection Standard or Professional editions will be eligible to upgrade for an estimated street price of US$249. Adobe Video Collection Standard customers can upgrade to Adobe Video Collection Professional for an estimated street price of US$799.

Information about pricing, support policies, and other language versions is available online at www.adobe.com. These products are available from Adobe certified resellers, as well as through licensing and education programs. For more information on any of the products mentioned in this release, customers in North America can call 1-888-724-4507.

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