Search for spoken dialog, make video clips searchable, and access rights management information and other types of project intelligence thanks to new support for XMP metadata across Production Premium. Click to enlarge.
Save time on every project by dynamically linking content between select components of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium. With Adobe Dynamic Link, you can see and hear updates instantly--without rendering--as you refine your project's assets. Click to enlarge.
Use the powerful new Speech Search feature in both Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Soundbooth CS4 to automatically generate metadata that makes video searchable by linking the spoken word to timecode-specific text. Click to enlarge.
The redesigned user interface puts all of the controls for Adobe OnLocation on a single screen, while the Shot List (inset) lets you input vital information, comments, and more. Click to enlarge.
Powerful integration, including expanded Adobe Dynamic Link, for exceptional productivity
Work with unparalleled efficiency, so you have more time to craft your vision. For example, expanded Dynamic Link lets you link content between Creative Suite 4 Production Premium components, so you can see updates immediately without rendering.
Project intelligence with XMP metadata
Capture valuable XMP metadata from your camera, and accumulate key information throughout the production process for intelligent media management. Use new Speech Search technology in Adobe Premiere Pro and Soundbooth to turn spoken dialog into metadata, making it easy to find particular clips and make video assets searchable.
Direct-to-disk recording and tapeless workflows
Shoot footage directly to disk from non-file-based cameras with redesigned Adobe OnLocation CS4, which now runs natively on Windows and Intel based Mac OS systems. Import and natively edit a wide variety of tapeless formats--including AVCHD, P2, and XDCAM EX--without transcoding or rewrapping in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4.
Wide variety of output options
Deliver on film, on video, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, online, and on mobile devices with smooth efficiency to reach more audiences.
Collaboration with clients and colleagues
Use the Adobe ConnectNow service to share project storyboards online before you shoot. Access improved Resource Central to find new assets, and quickly find news and inspiration in Bridge Home.
Editing efficiency with Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
Utilize scalable, efficient, and flexible nonlinear video editing capabilities and superior integration with other Creative Suite 4 components to tell your most compelling stories. New native support for tapeless workflows and more than 50 enhancements make the editing process more efficient.
Motion graphics and visual effects with Adobe After Effects CS4
Be more productive: Searchable timelines and projects, easier navigation of nested compositions, expanded 3D compositing options including the ability to import 3D layers from Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended, and the new Cartoon effect help you work more efficiently and open up new creative possibilities.
Industry-standard design with Adobe Illustrator CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended
Use an expanded set of creative options in Adobe Illustrator for designing static assets and creating storyboards, and take advantage of enhanced 3D support, Vanishing Point, and improved video support in Photoshop CS4 Extended to enhance your projects.
Interactive experiences with Adobe Flash CS4 Professional
Work with a new animation model that makes Adobe Flash CS4 Professional easier to learn for new users, adds efficiency for proficient users, and provides even greater control for creating immersive interactive experiences.
Enhanced audio editing with Adobe Soundbooth CS4
Create and arrange audio clips for your film, video, and interactive projects for Flash with more flexibility using convenient, task-based tools along with new multitrack audio project support.
Adobe Dynamic Link
In Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, the expanded Adobe Dynamic Link gives you tighter-than-ever integration when moving assets between After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Soundbooth, and Encore. Work faster and stay in the creative flow by eliminating intermediate rendering when you make changes to assets, whether you're editing a sequence of clips in Adobe Premiere Pro, changing a composition in After Effects, refining a project in Encore, or sweetening audio in Soundbooth.
Here are some of the ways you can use Dynamic Link:
Import live Photoshop 3D layers into After Effects
Leverage the new support Photoshop CS4 offers for 3D workflows by importing 3D models and using industry-standard painting tools to enhance their appearance. (For more information, see page 12.) Then, import Photoshop 3D layers into After Effects, move them in space, animate cameras around them, adjust lighting, and composite them with other elements. This new integration makes it easier than ever to composite 3D elements into a scene, and saves time by enabling you to make more design decisions right in After Effects.
Export After Effects comps as layered projects for Adobe Flash CS4 Professional
In Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, After Effects compositions can now be exported as layered projects that can be opened in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional. Native FLV, PNG, and JPG sources that have been transformed or faded are passed straight through, while many After Effects assets, such as text or Illustrator artwork, are preserved as vectors. Pixel-based layers--including video and rich graphics--may be rendered to a variety of formats including FLV, and are then presented as layers in Flash CS4 Professional.
Roundtrip audio editing
Convenient roundtrip editing saves you time. Now you can use the Edit In Soundbooth command from within Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro, or After Effects to send assets directly to Soundbooth, where you can clean up or enhance your audio. After your edits are complete, the files easily update in the Timeline or Project panel of Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, or After Effects CS4. You also can drive animation or create captions in Flash by laying down markers in Soundbooth CS4 and exporting them as XML or FLV files. Plus, the new Adobe Sound Document (ASND) format lets you save your multitrack audio projects created in Adobe Soundbooth as ASND files that can be easily shared with Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and After Effects CS4 software.
These new features build on the integration previously available in Production Premium, offering you new ways to move assets fluidly between components as you refine your work.
Robust timecode display options throughout Adobe Premiere Pro give you the ability to work with SMPTE or frame-count timecode. Click to enlarge.
Navigating nested compositions in Adobe After Effects CS4 is made easier by the Composition navigator along the top of each Composition panel (right). A Mini Flowchart (below) reveals the nesting organization of related compositions Click to enlarge.
The new Cartoon effect in Adobe After Effects CS4 allows you to convert live action footage (left) into stylized imagery (right). Click to enlarge.
Enhancements to 3D support in Photoshop CS4 Extended include the ability to merge 2D layers (left) onto 3D layers (right)Ñeffectively turning a 2D image into part of the 3D object. Click to enlarge.
New XMP metadata support
This release of Production Premium pioneers new ways of using XMP metadata to make video assets searchable in After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Soundbooth, Encore, and OnLocation. Other components of Production Premium, including Illustrator, Photoshop Extended, Adobe Flash Professional, and Adobe Bridge, also offer XMP support for a complete, end-to-end metadata solution.
Metadata describes the content or characteristics of a file. With XMP metadata-enabled applications such as the components of Production Premium, meaningful descriptions and titles, searchable keywords, and copyright information can be captured and embedded in the file using a format that is easily understood by you as well as by software applications and hardware devices. And, as an open-source and extensible technology, XMP is freely available to developers and provides industry partners with standards-based building blocks to develop optimized workflow solutions.
Use new Speech Search to make dialogue in video assets searchable
Use powerful new speech recognition technology in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Soundbooth CS4 to turn spoken dialogue into text-based metadata that makes your video searchable. This new capability solves one of the biggest challenges in taking video online by automatically turning any spoken word into a keyword that points precisely to the places in a clip where the word is spoken. This unleashes considerable power, for both post-production professionals and all of us who watch video online. During the editing process, creative professionals can use Speech Search to quickly find the relevant points in a particular clip, or easily locate the right clip based on what gets said in it. Equally importantly, the time-accurate text that corresponds to spoken words is embedded in the output you render from Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Soundbooth CS4, so your video is searchable by other tools that can read XMP metadata, such as search and indexing engines.
In Adobe Premiere Pro, Speech Search can significantly speed the time-consuming process of wading through large quantities of footage to find the relevant clips. For example, you can quickly find all of the clips in a project that contain a particular word, or the opening lines of a scene from the script you're shooting, by searching from the Project panel. Once you've narrowed your search, you can search within a particular clip for a word or phrase by using the Source Monitor, or you can skim the preliminary transcript that appears in the Metadata panel. Both approaches are significantly faster than manually scrubbing through a clip to find, for example, the spot in a long interview where the subject talks about a transformative trip to Zambia. Additionally, you can tab from word to word in the Metadata panel to make edits while ensuring that text remains synchronized to the spoken word. Soundbooth CS4 enables similar functionality, and exports text as cue points to drive animations in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional.
Acquire and retain asset intelligence throughout the production process
Because it's easiest to capture key information about your assets when you're creating and refining them, Production Premium offers automated processes for accumulating intelligence about them at every step of the production process. This asset intelligence--stored as XMP metadata--can speed the editing process, and it also adds value by enabling downstream searchability, tracking, and other types of communication--leaving creative professionals free to focus on visual decision-making.
During preproduction, create storyboards and plan camera moves using Photoshop CS4 Extended, Illustrator CS4, and After Effects CS4. Then, build a shot list in Adobe OnLocation CS4 that lays out your shooting sequence in advance and lets you keep track of details such as shot location, production team or DP notes, audio gear used, and so on.
When you use Adobe OnLocation CS4 on-set, essential metadata--such as lens focal length, white balance settings, and frame rate--are captured automatically. You can manually add to this metadata at the shoot to indicate which shot is the best take, or to log notes while recording. If you reshoot a scene, each new take inherits the metadata from the master shot. Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, After Effects CS4, Soundbooth CS4, and Encore CS4 all include the Metadata panel, so you can view and track these and other important details throughout your post-production workflow. Metadata also makes your assets searchable within the Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Project panel, so you can locate assets and clips by filename, date, time, camera setting such as resolution or frame rate, shot location, or any other search term you've added to your asset or clip. (For more information about Adobe OnLocation CS4, see page 7.)
In After Effects, you can add new project- and layer-level metadata to streamline the flow of information within your projects. The new Metadata panel allows you to view and edit the metadata embedded in your media, which also makes it easier to integrate After Effects CS4 into an asset-management system. Metadata can also be accessed and edited using custom scripting. For example, you can generate a report of stock footage used in a composition in order to help determine accurate payment for rights-managed assets.
Collaborate with your colleagues and clients
When you're collaborating with colleagues and clients, Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium offers three ways to speed up the pre- and post-production process.
Collaborate with your peers
Get the power of an online search engine within Production Premium, but with more targeted results thanks to Adobe Community Help. Searchable content includes in-depth product-specific Help, plus additional Adobe and third-partycontent chosen by experts in the production and design communities. With Adobe Community Help, you can find the focused answers you need to remove roadblocks. It's the next best thing to shouting over your cubicle wall for help. (Internet connection required for extended content.)
Adobe Kulerª panel
You don't have to be a digital artist to pick the right colors for your graphics, titles, and lower-third graphics. Using Adobe Kuler, explore, create, and share color themes in Illustrator, Photoshop, or Flash. Kick start your creative projects with color inspiration from the online Kuler community. Browse thousands of themes by newest, most popular, or highest rated; or search themes by tag word, title, or creator. Themes can be downloaded and moved to your Swatches panel with a single click. Or use an interactive color wheel that supports standard harmony rules to develop your own color themes that you can save, move to your Swatches panel, and upload to share with others. (Internet connection required for community functionality.)
Adobe Bridge Home
Visit Adobe Bridge Home--an online channel available in Adobe Bridge CS4--and stay up to date with what's new from Adobe and the video and audio production, design, web development, and communities at large. Watch the latest video tutorials for your Creative Suite 4 software, listen to a podcast interview with a leading designer, or learn about the next training event in your community. Discover tips and resources that can help you work smarter and faster, making the most of your Production Premium software. (Internet connection required.)
Adobe Resource Central
Access product-related news and tutorials by using the Resource Central panel in Adobe Soundbooth, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Encore. Jump-start your audio projects with drag-and-drop efficiency using Soundbooth Scores and audio effects offered online. (Internet connection required. There are additional fees for some content accessed through Resource Central.)
Shooting and capturing video directly to disk lets you record a two-hour event as a single clip or shoot as many takes of a scene as you need to get it right--no changing tapes, no solid-state memory time limits, no missed action. It's a director's dream come true--but when you're editing, finding that one perfect take among dozens of outtakes can be difficult. To make it easier, Adobe OnLocation CS4 offers a Shot List that enables you to re-record multiple takes of the same scene retaining the metadata automatically from the original master shot. When you edit the footage in Adobe Premiere Pro, you can search for a favorite take simply by searching for metadata logged while you originally recorded the footage. Or, run the speech-to-text feature in Adobe Premiere Pro, which uses new metadata support to find words spoken by the talent.
Timesaving editing enhancements
The many new features designed to help you work more productively include the ability to:
Use the new Motion Editor panel in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional to control keyframes more precisely. Click to enlarge.
The ability to transform 2D elements in 3D space opens up the possibility of creating new looks in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional. Click to enlarge.
Multitrack support lets you quickly assemble all your audio elements, and save them as an ASND file that can be shared with Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and Adobe After Effects CS4 software. Click to enlarge.
Adobe Media Encoder lets you use any combination of sequences and clips as source files and encode to an extensive variety of formats. Click to enlarge.
Robust timecode display
Precise editing and communication with clients are facilitated by the accurate display of timecode information. Whether you're working with news footage gathered in the field, telecined film footage, or clips shot on a camcorder that supports timecode only by way of an accessory pack, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 offers you a variety of timecode display options. The source-media timecode display format acts as the default in both the Project panel and Source Monitor. If there is no timecode or frame rate associated with the media, say if it's a still graphic or was shot on a camera that doesn't record timecode, Adobe Premiere Pro will use the format specified in the Project Settings. You can display SMPTE-style timecode or frame-count timecode that you can set to start at frame 0 or 1.
Place items in the Timeline with timecode accuracy by dragging and dropping them. See up-to-date timecode information in the Info panel as you drag clips. Choose the appropriate timecode display mode separately for each sequence in your project. Use any supported timecode format as the timecode display mode in the Timeline, Info panel, and Timecode controls. View source-media information for clips in the Timeline using the Info panel.
More options with multiple selections
In the same manner as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro now allows you to create and save combinations of effects as a single preset and apply them to multiple clips in a single action, helping you to work more efficiently. In Adobe Premiere Pro, applying a default transition across multiple selected clips, adjusting the speed/duration of a large number of clips all at once, or adjusting the audio levels on a number of selected clips without having to tweak them individually are just a few examples of how you can reduce time-consuming repetitive tasks.
Searchable timelines and projects, plus easier nested-comp navigation
As your projects become more complex, it can be challenging to find a specific layer or other asset--especially when you're on deadline or when you're working in an unfamiliar project. After Effects CS4 eliminates this frustration by including live search functions directly inside the Timeline and Project panels. This new feature saves considerable time scrolling through lists and twirling open layers to manually reveal their contents. You can search projects for specific footage items or footage properties, and you can search timelines for layer names, properties, comments or expressions, effect names or parameters, and more. Search results appear as soon as you start typing, and can be limited to selected layers or may encompass your entire timeline or project.
Many artists use nested compositions inside After Effects as a way to break complex projects into smaller, more manageable elements. To make these composition hierarchies easier to navigate, After Effects CS4 features a Composition navigator along the top of each Composition panel, which displays the names of the incoming (nested) compositions as well as the outgoing (parent) compositions for the currently active composition. A Mini Flowchart also reveals the nesting organization of related compositions. This allows you to more easily visualize and navigate the structure of complex proj