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NEWS MARCH 19, 2001
Realtime Adobe Premiere Coming to Mac
Adobe expects realtime cards from multiple vendors, including Matrox

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Adobe has announced that the realtime version of Premiere 6, its digital video editing suite, will be making its way to the Mac this spring. Premiere RT has been available for the Windows platform for several years, but Adobe says that new advances in QuickTime technology have made the Mac version possible. Adobe says it expects to see realtime cards from the likes of Matrox, ProMax, Aurora Video Systems and Digital Marketing International. (Matrox has already begun shipping its first realtime card for the Mac supporting Apple's Final Cut Pro.)

Adobe says it has been working closely with hardware manufacturers to make Premiere RT a reality.

"We are very pleased to work with our hardware partners on a common goal -- to ensure that our Macintosh customers have access to the highest quality professional digital video editing tools available," said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of product marketing at Adobe, in a prepared statement. "With Adobe Premiere 6.0 and a real-time hardware card, professionals are going to be able to produce video more efficiently, allowing them to spend more time creating and less time waiting."

Realtime cards for the Macintosh will offer a variety of features, including realtime transitions, titles and special effects like color correction and 2D and 3D motion and particle effects. Matrox's RTMac for Final Cut Pro was originally supposed to support dual-stream uncompressed capture, but this was reduced to dual-stream DV in the final release. Despite this, Adobe says these realtime cards will support a number of digital video formats including uncompressed, DV and HDTV.

The current version of Premiere 6 for Mac runs $549. No word yet on pricing for the realtime version. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com/premiere.

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