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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.

Soundbooth is a lot of fun…Come see for yourself!

On October 26th at IU Bloomington, and October 29th at IUPUI, IT Training & Education will debut a new Adobe Soundbooth workshop.

Soundbooth is an application that can record and edit sound.  It’s a very versatile application that can open video files and add sound directly to them as well.  In the workshop, we’ll cover a lot of basic sound editing tasks like recording, noise removal, sound removal, and adding effects, but then we’ll have some fun by exploring the vast sound effects library that comes with Soundbooth for free.

Sign up for Soundbooth CS5: The Basics

Check out what we can do with some basic video, and Soundbooth CS5:


Join us for a fun afternoon of sound editing!

IT Training Live Soundbooth – Recorded Presentation

If you missed yesterday’s IT Training Live presentation, never fear!  It has been recorded and is available for viewing now.

IT Training Live – Soundbooth: The Basics April 6th, 2010

Soundbooth is a sound recording and editing program that is designed to be used with video. In this presentation, you will learn how to record and add special effects to audio, remove noise from an audio track, and get an overview of the built-in sound effects available for free through Soundbooth.

This session will cover:

  • Basic recording
  • Adding special effects to an audio track
  • Demonstration of how effects can be updated during live editing
  • How to remove noise from an audio track
  • How the freely available built-in sound effects can be used to create a composite audio background for a video

As an added bonus, here are the exercise files used during the presentation.

Exercise Files

And don’t forget, you can view all of our archived IT Training Live presentations on topics like Captivate, Lightroom, Windows 7 and more here:

IT Training Live Archived Sessions

IT Training Live – Adobe Soundbooth CS4 – April 6th, 9am-10:30am

On April 6th at 9am, join me online as I give an introduction to Adobe Soundbooth CS4.  This light weight application allows us to perform many common audio tasks.  Unlike other applications in this category however, Soundbooth allows us to directly edit the audio tracks from video files.  This lets us complete more complex tasks like sound removal, and soundtrack replacement and editing. It also integrates with Adobe Premiere and After Effects, making it an essential helper application in the Adobe Production Suite.

Soundbooth also utilizes Resource Central, which is a library of free-to-use sound effects provided by Adobe.  In this session, we’ll explore the basic and advanced features of Soundbooth, and spend some time being creative with the sound effects offered.  Here are two examples of how we might use these available sound effects.



If you’d like to learn more about how to create the soundtrack to these files, or are interested in sound recording and editing in general, join us on April 6th.  You can visit the IT Training Live website for more info, or to get an email reminder of the session and the meeting URL. This session will be given online, so you can view it from the comfort of your own desk.

And if you’re interested in video editing, IT Training has a whole week of training planned.  Starting with this online Soundbooth presentation, and continuing with our in-person Video Basics workshop on the 7th, our brand new in-person workshop on Adobe Premiere, on April 8th, and our in-person After Effects workshop on the 9th.

Sound Effects for everyone in Soundbooth CS4

One of the most challenging aspects of being creative is finding all the assets that one needs to put together an impressive project.  Some are easier than others.  If you need a picture of a tree in your project, you probably have a camera, and a tree nearby to get the job done.  If you need a sound clip of someone speaking, you might have a microphone and just do it yourself.

But what if you need the sound of a helicopter flying by?

Well, Soundbooth is here to help us out, through it’s Resource Central panel. In Resource Central in Soundbooth, hundreds of incidental and strangely specific sound files are available for download for use in your project, with few restrictions. (Read the Terms of Use here)

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Enhancing Sound in Soundbooth CS4

Recently, while working on a project, I had need of a creepy bit of music.  I didn’t have an orchestra at my disposal, and I’m not a composer, so I used what I had:  a couple of acoustic and electric guitars, a little bit of creativity and Soundbooth.  With that, I came up with my final sound:

creepy effected.mp3 – The final sound

Soundbooth is an audio editing and creation program that is available through the Adobe/IU licensing agreement.  It is part of the Production Premium suite.  It can record, edit, and add effects to sound files.

Starting out, I decided since I was very out of practice with guitar, I’d just record a simple three note phrase.  I practiced with some different arrangements and ended up with what I thought was a suitably creepy beginning.  To make sure I had a good amount to work with, I played it three times into the microphone. Here is the sound that resulted:

creepy.mp3 – Feel free to download and follow along in your own copy of Soundbooth CS4.

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