Adobe Prelude CS6: Features and reviews

Adobe Prelude CS6 is a new tool that allows importing (ingest) and logging (data capture) of file- based video and audio media. It’s free with the relevant editions of Creative Suite, but not available to buy as a standalone app. Read on further to know more about Adobe Prelude CS6 regarding its features, specs, system requirements, pros and cons.

Adobe Prelude CS6 has four workspaces — Ingest, Logging, List and Rough Cut - accessed via menu and switchable by buttons in the main interface. There's more than one choice when bringing in video footage. The first option is simply to pe1 the Ingest workspace, navigate to your video files, select those to import and click the Ingest button. Every- thing is imported into the Prelude workspace.

Or you can ingest and transfer to a set location, transcoding to another format as you go: Adobe Media Encoder CS6 pops open and does its thing, and you're left with a list of ingested, transcoded files. A number of MPEG-4 smartphone videos were converted to MPEG-2 format using this method. All went very smoothly indeed.

The final way is a taste of what's to come in Premiere Pro CS6: You can select a clip and increase the size of the thumbnail to make it easier to scrub through clips, marking in and out points with the I and O keyboard shortcuts. If you then select Transcode and Ingest, you can choose only to ingest the selected region of the clip. This cuts a lot of extraneous material before the edit proper.

An Events panel lists successful transcoding and ingests tasks, and once in Prelude, ingested clips are listed in a Project panel The Logging workflow is next, in which selected clips are viewed in a Timeline and Monitor using standard playback controls. Using the Marker panel you can work through your ingested clips, splitting them into subclips and adding searchable comment markers, Flash cue points, chapter markers, Web links and speech transcription notes. Saving will bake the metadata into the clip and list any subclips independently in the Project Panel.

In the rough cut workflow, clips and sub- clips arc dragged and dropped into a quick sequence which can then be sent straight to Premiere Pro using a dedicated File menu command. It's a quick and simple process. Once your Rough Cut is opened in Premiere Pro CS6,any markers 'YOU later add in Prelude will automatically update in the Premiere Pro sequence when you save the Prelude project. This doesn't seem to work in the roundtrip fashion of Adobe Dynamic Link, though; as its name suggests, Prelude is only positioned at the beginning of the chain.

As part of Creative Suite 6 Production Premium and Master Collection or with a Creative Cloud subscription, Prelude is a great add-on that can abstract and enhance the logging process and makes transcoding and transferring clips into a rough cut a straight forward process. In quickly sorting through reams of media for gems to ingest, it's a bit like Lightroom for video.

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