Production Premium CS5.5 – Getting Better All The Time

Greetings, everyone! Writing you from the hallowed halls of NAB (well actually, my hotel room) but nonetheless we’re here to announce the coming of Creative Suite 5.5.

In the last year, we’ve seen incredible momentum and adoption of our applications across the board (especially in Production Premium) with Premiere Pro truly leading the way for DSLR users, Broadcasters, RED Workflow, and anyone who’s looking to go ‘from the camera to the timeline’ and begin editing—instantly. No transcoding, no fussing about.

Well, I’m happy to tell you that it’s getting even better in CS5.5 Production Premium. I’ve provided links below to some of the movies I shot a few weeks back, highlighting some of the new features. Aside from those, however, there are many new things included in 5.5 which, more specifically, make upgrading from CS2/CS3/CS4 even MORE attractive. Yes…if you’ve been wondering, >Is now the time to upgrade? (from an older version) then I’d say, unequivocally, YES!

Couple of things that make moving to CS5.5 from CS2/CS3/CS4 even better…

–Enhanced Mercury Playback support in Premiere Pro CS5.5. This includes faster decoding of RED R3D media and AVCHD media, along with new support for RED EPIC and even greater support for Canon XF media;

–The incredible new Warp Stabilizer in After Effects. Effectively, drag-and-drop stabilization of hand-held footage, giving it a truly dolly-like, steady-rig look, even with the ability to reduce Rolling Shutter Ripple artifacts from DSLR media…automatically;

–Enhanced Light Falloff and New Camera Lens Blur effect in After Effects CS5.5;

–Adobe Audition CS5.5 on the Mac! Yes, you knew it was coming; now it’s officially here;

CS5.5 Subscription Editions: So, can’t afford to buy the entire suite? What about specific point products? Still too pricey? Subscriptions allow you to essentially ‘rent’ CS5.5; you can opt into monthly or yearly plans (with options to purchase perpetual licenses after the fact). It keeps you current, it gives you access to the latest features and latest updates, and you can even access it across multiple computers (you’re still allowed ‘2’ installs; but you can simply activate/deactivate as necessary, so you’re never tied down to a single machine).

–Adobe Touch Apps and the Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK. This is really the big news for Photoshop. Access to the SDK for developers, allowing you to create mobile/tablet apps to control and interact directly with Photoshop CS 5.5 We’ll be releasing several apps to the Apple App Store upon ship.

There’s a lot more in there, but I recommend checking out some of the links and certainly follow my colleagues blogs (Greg Rewis for Web, Terry White for Design and Paul Trani for Flash & Mobile) for more information on the updates to Web Premium and Design Premium apps.

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium Feature Tour Overview. This is the Über video, containing all of the CS5.5 Production Premium new feature vignettes; 43 minutes in length.

Smoother Editing Workflow with Dual-System Sound Support in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

Greater performance gains with the Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

Improved 64-bit Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5

Integrated audio-for-video workflow

Stabilize shaky footage with the Warp Stabilizer in After Effects CS5.5

Create soft-focus effects with the Camera Lens Blur feature in After Effects CS5.5

Control light intensity falloff w/the Light Falloff effect in After Effects CS5.5

Get direct integration with Adobe Story and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

Overview of what’s new in Adobe Audition CS5.5

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9 thoughts on “Production Premium CS5.5 – Getting Better All The Time

  1. But there is one thing, I can’t understand. I’m an early adopter of CS5. But now Adobe, just one year later, Adobe releases CS5.5 and I have to pay a full-price-upgrade?

    If I’m going from CS3 oder CS4 to CS5.5, a full upgrade-price is no question. But from CS5 to CS5.5? It should be a free upgrade for early adopter or at least a very cheap upgrade.

    I think owner of CS5 should’nt pay full price-upgrade for a .5-release.

  2. I agree Thomas, it is strange that cs5 users have to pay the full upgrade…there are not that many big changes to pay the full upgrade! any reactions/other discussions from adobe somewhere ?

    1. Hey Stijn/Thomas. Well, what can I say…you’re not alone in your thinking. However, I *can* say that we (myself, Greg Rewis, Terry White, Paul Trani, Rufus Deuchler) are pro-actively forwarding your concerns/suggestions to the powers that be. Believe me. I can’t promise that it’ll cause change, but if nothing else, your voices are being heard. Thanks for being honest and vocal; continue the trend and send more comments along: good, bad or otherwise. All the best, –JL

  3. I just bought a new MacBook Pro with the AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics. Is this supported by CS 5.5? It doesn’t seem so. How will performance be affected if it is not? Should I just wait for Final Cut Pro X?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Ben. I’m using the new quad-core 17″ MacBookPro as well (w/8GB RAM). The Premiere Pro CS5.5 won’t be able to use the card’s GPU for any Mercury acceleration…*however*, you’ll still see incredible performance with the Mercury playback engine via Software Only mode. GPU acceleration is currently only available with select nVidia CUDA cards (sadly, none for Mac laptops at the moment; though there are several available for Mac towers; the rest are for PC and some of the newer HP laptops). Again, i *never* get to leverage HPU acceleration (because I edit 99% of the time on my MBP) and frankly, I don’t really miss it (and I’m always working in 1080p, multiple streams of HD). I will typically edit in 1/4 res (using the fractional playback controls) and go into full res for pause/stop to check for clarity/quality/grade, etc. Can’t really comment on FCPX, as I know what everyone knows…but I would definitely download the trial of PPRO CS5.5 and give it a spin. And check out my videos here and on Vimeo for best practices for editing and maximizing power on your laptop. Keep me posted! –JL

  4. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog! –Brice

  5. I’ve been using CS 5.5 for nearly one year and have to say that albeit I wasn’t too happy to pay the price, it has made a world of difference in my wallet due to the new features.

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