Adobe Premiere 6.0

Installation of Premiere 6.0 was a breeze on a Pentium III 866MHz system with 256MB of RAM and a basic $120 FireWire card. If you are using an IDE drive, make sure the DMA box in the drive's system properties is checked for faster disk access. Also, if you have more than one hard drive, ensure you use the faster drive (preferably operating at 7200rpm or more) for all video capture and playback.

Premiere 6.0 comes with templates for DV PAL (local) and NTSC (USA), and choices for 4/3 or 16/9 (HDTV) support. Other supported presets include QuickTime and Video for Windows projects. Simply select the device you will be using and Premiere provides all the necessary camera or deck controls. Interface choices include 'single track', which is easier to work with, or A/B style, which may appeal to more experienced editors.

Premiere 6.0 worked perfectly with the Sony TRV8E, and has support for over 100 DV camcorders. As new video cameras come on the market, support updates will be added to the Adobe Web site. An automatic update feature, similar to the Windows Me update, ensures you always have the latest version of Premiere on you desktop.

Premiere 6.0 has an improved audio production capability, containing a real audio mixer with as many faders as there are audio tracks in your project. Support for DirectX audio plug-ins, including Soundforge, adds to the multimedia capabilities. Other useful features include the storyboard, which is a great timesaver for quick rough cuts, and the ability to use the mouse wheel to advance your project one frame at a time.

Premiere 6.0 also includes Terran's EZCleaner 5.0, Real's G2 export module, DirectX 8 and QuickTime 4.0. With these programs you can export a video project to DV tape, the Web (compressing it in the process), or CD-ROM. You can even create MPEG2 files ready to write to a DVD.

Adobe Premiere 6.0

Price: $1417, upgrade $466

Supplier: Adobe

Phone: 1300 550 305

URL: www.adobe.com.au

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