Performing a full ingest means transferring your entire video file to your hard drive and preparing it for logging and handoff. Open the Ingest workspace, navigate to your files, select the files to ingest, and then click the Ingest button. A partial ingest is also easy. Open the Ingest panel, navigate to your files, and click on the video’s thumbnail. While watching the video, drag the playhead and press the I key to set the In point. Drag the playhead to the desired Out point and press the O key. Click the Transcode option, and then click the Ingest button. Your partially ingested video clip—the file you will send for editing—is now listed in the Project panel.
Transcoding during ingest Prelude CS6 gives you the option of transcoding footage to your preferred editing format, thus optimizing storage. You select the Transcode option in the Transfer Options panel and are given the option to select the format and presets for the file.
The program also offers keyboard driven logging, searchable time-based markers and metadata, rough cuts that open in Premiere Pro, write confirmation, speech transcription, and customizable markers and metadata import.
Prelude replaces OnLocation, which shipped in early versions of the Production Premium, though not all OnLocation features are available in Prelude CS6, such as live monitoring with Waveform or Vectorscope feedback.
Adobe Audition CS6 provides a unified audio editing and mixing environment for video and broadcast workflows. Targeted to audio engineers and broadcast editors as well as video professionals, Audition CS6 features roundtrip editing in conjunction with Adobe Premiere Pro and smooth project exchange with third-party nonlinear editors and digital audio workstations.
This version offers new features for editing and sound design, such as real-time clip stretching, automatic speech alignment and pitch correction, expanded production capacity with control surface support, recordable track automation, multiple clipboards, HD video playback, native 5.1 surround editing, and audio sweetening and restoration tools.
Building on past releases, Adobe Audition CS6 offers broader support for audio and video formats and increased output options including Redbook CD burning and compliance with the latest ITU loudness standards. New features for industry-standard metadata include AES-46 Cart Chunk, integration with radio automation systems, and other broadcast workflows.
Audio editing enhancements include clip grouping with Group Suspend, preview of edits with Skip Selection playback mode, new precise entry of envelope keyframe values, and fast clip spotting with start- or end-time entry.
Faster and more precise audio editing features include clip grouping, trim to time election, edit preview with skip selection, envelope keyframe editing, direct clip editing in the Properties panel, multiple clipboards, real-time clip stretching, auto speech alignment, control surface and app support, and pitch controls.
Audition CS6 improves on asset management to let you find the files you need more quickly. Panels such as Media Browser, Files, Markers, and Session let you view your files on local and networked drives, find files by typing in just a part of the name, view all markers in your section in one window, and create session templates that speed up recording files.
Audition CS3 also offers expanded audio and video formats, New effects, VST3 support, and flexible effects routing, enhanced support for radio automation, improved batch processing, and a new metronome.
SpeedGrade CS6, a full color grading and finishing tool, is targeted to editors, motion graphics and vidual effects artists, and professional colorists, is a new addition to the Adobe lineup. The technology for the program, formerly from a company called Iridas, was acquired last September.
The program now offers a sleek new interface and and is engineered for modern file-based workflows. It is a native 64-bit application with GPU-accelerated performance and support for raw, HDR, and stereoscopic content. It's compatible with footage from digital cinema cameras such as ARRI ALEXA and RED and with popular post-production interchange formats such as QuickTime, DPX, and OpenEXR. The program ensures that all your shots are accurately matched and every project is styled using layer-based tools for color correction and look design. Resize and reframe your final masters for virtually any display format.
Lumetri Deep Color Engine The non-destructive Lumetri Deep Color Engine is a 32-bit floating-point image-processing technology at the heart of SpeedGrade CS6. It offers maximum scope for working with High Dynamic Range content, allowing you to pull details from blacks and highlights that might otherwise be lost. It also allows you to work directly with raw files, the digital negative from your camera sensor. You can combine and refine looks, effects, and new grading layers without having to commit to any color decisions until final rendering.
Color corrections, masks, and filters are applied as layers, making it easy to use simple elements to build up and make adjustments to complex grades. You can add, remove, combine, and rearrange grades and effects, and adjust the influence of each layer with its own opacity slider. You apply primary color corrections to the whole image and secondary color corrections to specific color ranges. SpeedGrade CS6 allows you to define a very narrow color range for a secondary to, say, emphasize a specific element in the image, like skin tones. You can also use broader secondary color ranges when you want to showcase rich greens in a forest or red shades of a sunset.
Masks are part of the layer structure and can be positioned as easily as any other layer, so that color corrections are applied to the areas inside, or outside, your mask.
SpeedGrade CS6 includes a selection of professionally designed Looks, film-style filters, and effects, in addition to the application’s color adjustment tools.
For stereoscopic projects, SpeedGrade CS6 loads stereo 3D frame sequences, offers multiple viewing options, features automatic geometric and colorimetric correction, and display support.
Automatic scene detection and Pan and Scan features automatically identify edits from archived projects and allow you to reframe content for virtually any deliverable format.
Adobe Production Premium CS6 runs of both Mac and Windows operating systems. Mac requirements include a multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7, at least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended), 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space during installation (software cannot install on volumes that use a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices), additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended), a 1280x900-pixel display, and an OpenGL 2.0–capable system.
For Windows, requirements include an Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor with 64-bit support, Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit), at least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended), 3GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space during installation (software cannot install on removable flash storage devices), additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended), a 1280x900-pixel display, and an OpenGL 2.0–capable system.
Adobe has not revealed the actual date when CS6 and Creative Cloud will launch, but has indicated it will be within the first half of 2012. The prices of the new versions also have not been announced.
In related news, on Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. in room N249, Adobe will participate in the Post|Production World keynote, “How Creativity and Technology Merge to Influence Storytelling and Film.” Participants will include Steve Wozniak, Fusion-io Chief Scientist; Vincent Brisebois, visual computing industry manager at Fusion-io; Rob Legato, Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor, and Steve Forde, Adobe After Effects product manager. They will discuss how creativity and advances in digital technology can work together to develop engaging stories.
[Jackie Dove is a Macworld senior editor. All screenshots were produced by Jeff Foster, a Macworld contributor.]