Goodbye to Adobe Creative Suite and Hello to Adobe’s Creative Cloud

Adobe has announced the rebranding of the Creative Suite (CS) tools to CC (Creative Cloud).   Creative Cloud will allow you to run on two machines concurrently.
Adobe has announced at its Max conference in Los Angeles today, it’s about to stop selling shrink-wrapped versions and perpetual licenses of its Creative Suite.
Creative Cloud, is a subscription service for getting all of its tools for designers, photographers, videographers, web developers and audio professionals. Going forward, this will be the only way to get access to its tools.

Most Max attendees probably expected Adobe to reveal Creative Suite 7 today. Instead, the Creative Suite name is actually going away in favor of Creative Cloud, which won’t have traditional version numbers anymore.   For Adobe, of course, this also means the company is now making the move to a new business model, where the focus will be squarely on subscriptions and not on selling boxed software, licenses and upgrades anymore.

This means you can NOT buy a license for After Effects or Premiere or any other product.  You will have to  buy a subscription to use the software.

Video Cards and the up coming Adobe Premiere CC

The new version of Adobe Premiere is being called NEXT by some, while others are calling it CS7.  If you look closely at some of the information Adobe has put out, they are calling CC.

Starting with Adobe Premiere CC, which should be release around the beginning of May 2013, you will no longer need to “unlock” the video card as Adobe is allowing all video cards to work with out having to modify the cuda_supported_cards.txt file.

In addition, this new version of Adobe Premiere CC will support OpenCL.  This mean you will be able to use AMD/ATI video cards to use the Mercury Playback Engine in  GPU mode.

Another cool thing is, starting with CC the Mercury Playback Engine will be able to use more than 1 GPU.

As soon as Adobe Premiere CC is release, I will start doing testing to compare the speed difference between using OpenCL and CUDA with various video cards.  I will be updating this article frequently as soon as  Adobe Premiere CC is released, so I can keep you informed of the changes.

New Benchmark Results for NVidia Video Cards and Adobe Premiere

I just did an update on my article about Video Cards and Adobe Premiere.  The update is new benchmark results with and without the GPU enabled using the following video cards:
GT-240, GTX-550 Ti, GTX-570, GT-640, GTX 650 Ti, GTX 650 Ti Boost, GTX-660, GTX-670, GTX-680 and a Quadro 4000 video card.

Here is a link to the article:

Adobe announces plans to stop boxed sales of its Creative Suite software

Adobe announces plans to stop boxed sales of its Creative Suite software

Adobe announced today that it plans to stop offering boxed versions of its Creative Suite software. Instead, the company will follow the growing trend of only offering its professional software via online download.

“As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat products,” an Adobe spokesperson informed TechHive vial email earlier today.

Retailers have reported May 1 will be the cut-off date for boxed sales of Adobe’s Creative Suite software.

Consumers will be able to choose either the download any of Adobe’s Creative Suite apps from their website or access them via a monthly subscription.

User Review of our ProZoom for Panasonic video cameras.

ProZoom Panasonic Review  Date of Review: February 20, 2013
By: Karl Walter Keirstead
Product Name : ProZoom Panasonic
Supplier Name:
Contact: 386 788 6075

Reviewer Status  I have no affiliation with Studio1Productions.

Overall Impressions  Excellent product, greatly improves workflow – could not find anything wrong with it. At $99, it’s a steal.
Ordering Processing  The supplier promptly filled my order and shipped the next day (I ordered on a Sunday night).
Packaging  The packing was adequate, shipments packed the same way should arrive without damage.
Instruction Sheet  The instruction sheet clearly describes the functionality.
Installation  The unit installs on a tripod handle with two long thumbscrews. The install plates are solid (metal).  I installed duct tape around the tripod handle to prevent the plates from removing surface paint on the handle.  The screws are easy to tighten/untighten.  I recommend progressive tightening followed by testing by trying gently to rotate the unit clockwise/counterclockwise. If there is no slip, do not over tighten.

All of the buttons are well-placed and of superior quality.   Left side for Focus, middle knob for Zoom (anticlockwise for W, clockwise for T), Right side for Iris.

Record  The button is well-positioned and very visible.   ZOOM  The dead zone is in the center, you hear a definite click.

Camera Setting,   ProZoom Switch Setting,   Override
Auto Zoom   Auto (up)   Camera
Manual (down)   ProZoom
Manual Zoom   Auto (up)   Camera
Manual (down)   Camera

As you dial clockwise or anticlockwise, the speed of zooming increases smoothly.  There is no bounce back either at W or at T.

FOCUS/ IRIS  The following summarizes the Focus/Iris actions with toggle switches up (auto) and down (manual)   FOCUS

Camera Setting,   ProZoom Switch Setting,   Override
Auto Focus   Auto (up)   Camera
Manual (down)   ProZoom
Manual Focus   Auto (up)   BLOCKED at ProZoom*
Manual (down)   ProZoom

*very useful, prevents inadvertent adjustment of Focus. But, guard against touching the wheel because if you switch out of auto to manual, you will probably jump to an unwanted focus setting.

Remotes have sensitive Focus wheels (the camera wheel is bigger, therefore easier to get a precise setting). Get used to the small wheels.

IRIS  Camera Setting,   ProZoom Switch Setting,   Override
Auto Iris   Auto (up)   *
Manual (down)   *
Manual Iris   Auto (up)   *
Manual (down)   ProZoom   *did not test

Cabling  The two cables are 5 feet in length. Bigger connector goes on top, smaller goes on below.  For tripod use, I reached the conclusion the cables would be best looped and tied with twist ties, one of which I put around the tripod arm. Make sure you include extra twist ties in your grab bag.   Notice how the wires are able to connect upward and can be looped around the battery down to the tripod handle.   For slider use, it would seem best to have one single coiled cable that splits into two at both ends. I don’t have a slider so I was not able to experiment or comment but it’s my understanding the usual setup finds the tripod in the middle of the slider, or at one end in some situations, so everything should be OK for both horizontal and vertical slides with five foot cables. You can buy extension cables from the supplier should you have a need to use say a 12 foot slider.

Internal Works  The unit under test was not a demo or sample. I ordered it for production use. I did not open the unit because it would invalidate the warranty.

This Review is posted at:

New Zoom Focus and Iris Controller for Panasonic Video Cameras

The Prozoom for Panasonic video cameras features larger control knobs, allow you to have a finer, more precise control over the zoom speed, focus and iris settings.  It also features a record/pause (or S/S Stop/Start) button.

As long as your Panasonic camera has the jacks for Focus/Iris and Zoom/SS as shown here, the ProZoom Pan will work with your video camera.

We built the ProZoom Pan using only the highest quality components and heavy duty push button switches and high end potentiometers to ensure precise control of your video camera.

Priced at only $119.95   For more information click here.

Video Tearing (or Video out of Sync) in your Editing Software

In the picture below I have pointed out what the video tearing or screen tearing looks like.

You may have seen this when you are fast forwarding or fast reversing through a video in your editing software.  Or you may have seen it in different video players such as VLC, Windows Media Player, etc.

The two most common things that will cause this is the video driver OR having Aero turned off.  First, make sure your video drivers are up to date.  Next, lets turn Aero on.

Step 1.  RIGHT click your mouse on the Desktop and a window like below will appear.

Step 2.  Click on Personalize

Step 3.  Select one of the Aero Themes as shown below.

Don’t worry you can change the Desktop Background and the Screen Saver to your liking.  However, you need to start with a Aero Theme to turn on Aero.

Once you have an Aero Theme the screen tearing or video tearing will stop.

I know some of you have read to turn off Aero on your computer to save system resources, but doing so you create other problems such as having the video tearing.