Adobe rolls out betas of pro video tools

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

San Jose (CA) - Adobe is showing off its latest video editing tools to broadcast professionals at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.  Public preview versions of Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3 Professional and Soundbooth CS3 will be demoed at NAB and consumers will also get a chance to test drive them with free downloads from Adobe’s website.

The three programs will be part of Adobe’s Creative Suite 3 Production Premium which is a professional video editing solution meant to compete with the likes of Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Vegas from Sony.  All three programs will support Windows Vista and XP along with Intel-based Mac systems.  Premiere Pro CS3 is an upgrade of Adobe’s professional video editing program and will include direct to disk recording and Blu-Ray authoring.  The public preview will have the direct to disk recording disabled.

After Effects CS3 Professional will have a new puppet tool that will animate text and images by changing shapes and sizes, along with panning them around the screen.  Soundbooth CS3 will clean up audio and will compete with Sony’s Sound Forge program.  Adobe claims Soundbooth CS3 will reduce noise and won’t require extensive audio training.

Creative Suite 3 Production Premium will be available in the third quarter 2007.  Adobe has not yet announced pricing on the suite or the separate programs.  You can download the public previews on Adobe’s website here.