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Old March 14th, 2007, 07:54 PM   #1
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What's cooking for PPro 3?

Does anyone have any idea what's in store for next version of Premiere? I know that PP 2 is just a year old, but they develop something new full steam for sure.

I would certainly like to see some improvements in compositing (like blending modes) and interface (keyboard switching between panes).
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Old March 15th, 2007, 03:28 AM   #2
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Old March 21st, 2007, 04:34 PM   #3
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Words of wisdom Harm.

As far as I'm concerned, if they could just fix the bugs in PPro2, that'd already give a new version worth buying.

This is just wishful thinking but to me, PPro is now at a point where it has enough features to compete with Avid and FCP. But they are not solid enough to do so yet. Working on solidifying those already implemented features (color correction and media management are two things I can think of) and smoothing the rough edges (24p problems) would go a long way in making it a favorable app (in the pro world anyways).

Dynamic link was the first step towards pro grade workflow. Now fix those bugs, improve the image processing quality (up/down conversion mainly) and media management and we're talking.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 08:17 PM   #4
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Yup Dynamic Link is their ticket, why else would they relsease a Mac version of Production Studio. Dynamic link is awesome. But their not quite in a position to over run FCP. They still have a ways to go. Both are great apps though.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 07:57 AM   #5
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I have to disagree. I think Premiere blows FCP out of the water. I use both of them and there is no comparison to me.

As far as new features: there are two things that i noticed in the Mac Screen Shots and they are Time Remapping (A long awaited feature) and in the project pane there is a new search feature.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 09:47 AM   #6
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Todd, why exactly do you prefer Premiere over FCP so much? (I own Premiere but I envy FCP users better compositing and media management)
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 09:59 AM   #7
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I prefer it because I have the full production suite and the intergration betweent the apps is great like from After Effects to PP2 and Photoshop etc...
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 10:08 AM   #8
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I think premiere has a more productive work flow. It is a lot more user friendly in my experience. Just having the "contains" fields to search on is huge. Also FCP has to much rendering before you can do anything. When it comes to media management I can not comment to much on that because I do not have thousands of clips like others. I do know that the new version will have improvements in media management. Compositing is huge for me only because I do have the production studio which I use After Effects for. I know that is not premiere but I thought I would add that anyway.

All in all I find premiere to be way more productive. The way the interface works and the way it interacts with the rest of the studio is awsome. Don't get me wrong it does have bugs just like every other software package. But I have always found a way to do anything that I have ever needed to do.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 10:36 AM   #9
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One thing that I really wish it had was the ability to take a HDV 16X9 edit and simply print to tape SD letterboxed. I switched from the Sony Z1U that would do it from it's outputs to the JVC HD110 and really miss that feature because most of my work goes to braodcast and what I have come up with as a workaround is pretty cumbersome. (to say the least)
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 10:49 AM   #10
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Not disagreeing with anything said here, I love Premiere and use it on a regular basis, but to me it still lacks a few things compared to the Avid Xpress family to be able to compete on the pro level, and those things are not necessarily features.

Media management is directly linked to reliability and responsiveness on long term projects. Premiere is not reliable when you throw hours of footage and hundreds of clips at it over a long period of time. Avid will load as fast and respond as well no matter the number of clips/sequence time, even after months of the original project creation. To work in a pro environment, you can't afford to start fighting the app as your project grows, this would be counter-productive. You need reliability and PPro doesn't provide that yet.

In depth color correction has just started to be implemented by Adobe with version 2.0, but it is nowhere near Avid and even FCP yet. It needs to be improved in order to be good enough for online editing and final color corrections that are broadcast accurate.

One feature this is still missing from PPro (though I think there's a plugin for it, but still) is OMF export. If Adobe is ever to play with the big boys of this industry, they have to implement this feature. It allows for multiple department collaboration on a project without having to render every time. You can't really make it work efficiently without this.
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Old March 25th, 2007, 09:19 PM   #11
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David, I do agree with you on that first point. PPro is not the best at long form projects, or heavy fx projects involving hundreds of clips, edits and effects.
Whatever the reason, it needs better memory management.

PPro also needs to improve on SD down converting with decent descaling, rather than having to rely on frameserving to third party freeware to do the job. (I noted this on Adobe's PPro wishlist).

Frankly these are more like patches and fixes rather than new features, and I'd be hard pressed to upgrade unless there are features that would help me earn a paycheck.
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Old March 26th, 2007, 04:29 AM   #12
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Old March 27th, 2007, 03:40 AM   #13
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http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/upgrade/

Major disappointment for me. Mostly cosmetic changes. I was looking towards XDCAM HD support at the least. It makes me consider Edius even more, even though I've been a long fan of PPro. I wonder if render engine is more efficient.
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Old March 27th, 2007, 01:35 PM   #14
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Agreed, I was hoping for some compositing options. I hope they at least improved keyboard use, Premiere means too much mousing around.
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Old March 27th, 2007, 06:56 PM   #15
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They need to fix the cake (core issues) before dumping on more frosting (bells and whistles). 90% of my profits/efforts only come from using only 10% of those features anyhow. Capture, cut, title, CC, and export. Everything else is either wasted or done better in AE.
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