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Premiere Pro CS3 to feature Blu-ray output

When Adobe first announced it would bring Premiere back to the Mac earlier this year, the company released very few details. With the release of Creative Suite 3 on Tuesday, more information is available on what Adobe has planned.

Together with its companion product Encore CS3, Premiere lets you author once, and then output to Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Flash SWF for the web. Premiere Pro also supports additional delivery platforms including Flash and mobile devices.

The new Export To Encore feature in Adobe Premiere Pro encodes the content of your timeline and sends it directly to Encore, complete with chapter markers. In Encore, you can then directly burn a disc without menus, or you can create a more elaborate title with interactive menus, multiple audio tracks and subtitle tracks.

Premiere also has a visual flow chart, which will help users build disk navigation through drag and drop. Users can choose automated menu generation or they can build menus in the Photoshop file format with the Photoshop technology built into Encore. Buttons,text, and images are stored as layers and layer sets so you can edit them later in Photoshop.

Encore automatically convert source files into high-quality MPEG-2 or H.264 video and Dolby Digital or DTS audio.

Encore projects can also be exported as Flash content, ready for the Web.

With Device Central CS3 also announced today, Adobe has shown its commitment to delivering content to mobile devices. That commitment continues with Premiere Pro. Now you can use Adobe Media Encoder to export 3GPP and H.264 video optimized for playback on mobile phones, iPods, PSPs and other mobile devices.

Premiere Pro works with DV, Digital Betacam, HDV, DVCPRO HD, HDCAM, 2K and 4K film scans and other formats. The integration with Photoshop allows you to import and animate Photoshop layers and with After Effects integration you can drag and drop or copy and paste, clips and timelines between Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Multicam editing, native HDV editing, advanced keyframe controls and professional color correction round out the features of Premiere Pro CS3 for the Mac.

Premiere Pro CS3 is built for Apple’s Intel Macs and is expected to ship in the third-quarter of 2007. When it ships Premiere will cost $799.

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