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Coming Soon, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

Have you heard? Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 will be released soon. If you are like me, you are just getting used to the changes that came with CS5. What could Adobe possibly do to make us want to upgrade again so quickly? 

While many of the new features in CS5.5 are simply small tweaks, probably the most alluring change has to do with processing speed. When CS5 came out, we learned that CUDA is an Nvidia technology that is used in GPU processing. This technology was used to speed up a number of processes in the last version of this application. Now, with CS5.5, there are even more effects, transitions, and behind-the-scenes processes that are affected by this technology. Adobe states that “…CS5.5 lets you edit faster than ever by offering industry-leading, cross-platform, native file-based workflows and GPU-accelerated filters and effects…”  Does that mean my machine won’t freeze up when I try to use time remapping or when I attempt to work with the alpha channel of a clip? If so, sign me up!

Changes in this technology are also said to improve the process of dealing with mismatched media, such as frame rate differences, pixel aspect ratio differences, and frame size differences. This, too, sounds promising.

Many of the other changes that I have read about are not quite as significant. For example, there are quite a few changes that deal with audio. Videographers who use a dual-system sound workflow will probably appreciate several of the new features. Now it is possible to use In points, Out points, timecode, or markers from two or more separate tracks when synchronizing audio and video. In addition, users can now use a feature called Merge Clips to lock a video clip to a separate audio clip so that the two can be manipulated as if they were one asset.

Another small revision has been implemented to make the files and folders  in the effects panel less clumsy and easier to work with. In CS5 there are 3 instances of every audio effect: one for mono, one for stereo, and a third for 5.1 audio tracks. It is necessary to select the effect that matches your audio track. In 5.5 Adobe has revised the audio effects folder so that one size fits all. Now each effect is only listed one time and when you apply the effect, Premiere automatically applies the instance of the effect that matches your audio track.

Yes, Adobe was definitely taking a good, hard look at the audio features in Premiere this time around. In fact, probably one of the most significant changes in the entire suite is the substitution of Soundbooth with Audition.  The Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection and Production Premium editions will  come with this new audio editing application. Since I have always liked Soundbooth and use its dynamic link from within Premiere often, I’m not sure how I feel about this change yet. More to come on this topic in future blog posts…

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 also makes it possible to attach a closed captioning data file to a sequence. While this version won’t allow you to output the closed caption text without the use of a third-party device and plug-in, at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Another significant improvement included with Premiere Pro CS5.5 is the ability to add keyframes directly into the timeline using the Pen tool or Selection tool without having to first enable keyframing. You will also be able to set keyframes without a modifier key.

I was also happy to hear that the trial version will include all the same codecs that are included with the full version. The trial version of Premiere Pro CS5 did not come with all of the codecs, and this caused a great deal of confusion for me and for many others. Apparently Adobe has learned their lesson here.

Lastly, if you currently use Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer, take note. This version of Premiere Pro supposedly makes it easier for you to import and export to, and from, both of these applications. This should make my colleagues in Media Productions happy.

For more information about Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, visit any of the following links:


Alas poor Soundbooth, I knew him Horatio…

Hamlet holding his dear departed SoundBooth.Creative Suite 5.5 is coming, and with it we have lost one of my favorite little programs: Soundbooth. Soundbooth is an audio recording and editing software package, optimized for use with video, and Adobe is not including it in CS5.5, and seems to be ending development on the program.

But it’s not all bad news, Adobe has replaced it with their high-end audio editing program: Audition. This hasn’t been part of the Production Premium Suite in the past, and it now includes the video adjustment features that Soundbooth did so well.

Keep an eye on this blog to see when CS5.5 becomes available to the IU community along with articles on the programs, and check out these videos from AdobeTV to see some of the new features in CS5.5.

Finding and Replacing Spaces in Word 2010

There are several reasons we might need to find and replace spaces in Word. Perhaps we were taught to put two spaces between sentences and now need to update documents to have only one space.  Or possibly we have a coworker who likes to separate ideas with several spaces instead of a tab or hard return. Using Word’s Find and Replace feature, we can easily find these extra spaces and replace them with the formatting of our choice (single space, tab, or hard return).

Finding and Replacing Two Spaces

To open the Find and Replace dialog box, on the Ribbon, click:  and choose “Advanced Find…”

The Find and Replace dialog box opens.  Click the Replace tab at the top of the dialog box.

To find two spaces, in the “Find what” field, type: 2 spaces.  In the “Replace with” field, type: 1 space.

Because the spaces don’t appear as text, the Find and Replace dialog box will seem to be empty…but it isn’t.

To find the first occurence of two spaces, click: . The cursor will move to the first set of two spaces. To replace these with a single space, click: . The cursor will automatically move to the next occurence of two spaces. Of course, you could always choose to Replace All the double spaces.

Finding and Replacing a Varying Number of Spaces

Now, what about that coworker who tends to separate ideas or lists with several spaces instead of a tab or hard return?  How can we find a group of spaces that varies in number? This is just slightly trickier than finding 2 spaces.

Open the Find and Replace dialog box by clicking and choosing “Advanced Find…”

Move to the Replace tab at the top of the dialog box.

To find a varying number of spaces, we will use the {n,} sequence. This tells Word to find any occurence of at least n number of the previous character. In our case the previous character will be a space.

In the “Find what” field, type: space {2,}.

What do we want to use to replace the multiple spaces? If we’d like to insert a tab, we type: ^t. To insert a single space, type: 1 space. To insert a hard return, type: ^p

Let’s replace the spaces with a hard return. To do this, in the “Replace with” field, type: ^p.

Before this will work, we need to make sure that the “Use wildcards” option is activated. Without this, we won’t get the results we want.

To see additional options, click: . The dialog box expands. To activate the “Use wildcards” option, click the checkbox.

The dialog box should look like this:

To find the first occurence of two or more spaces, click: . The cursor will move to the first set of two or more spaces. To replace these with a hard return, click: . The cursor will automatically move to the next occurence of multiple spaces. Of course, you could always choose to Replace All the multiple spaces.


Excel: Switching Rows and Columns

Sometimes you encounter data that is arranged in a certain way, but you realize an alternate arrangement of rows and columns better suits the way you want to view the information. For instance, you may want to switch this arrangement:

to this:

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