I thought five editing programs was more than enough to satiate my filmmaking urges when I looked at Adobe Video Collection Production bundle (now discontinued). But then Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio Premium recently landed with a heavy thud on my doormat. Try a suite of seven high-end editing tools for size. There's so many programs here that there's even a program to help the other programs work with each other in a more seamless fashion.
Joking aside, the creative possibilities of Production Studio are literally awe-inspiring. The suite is ideal for the small post-production company, even a one-man band, who needs a tightly integrated set of audio, video and compositing tools for the full post-production process from acquiring video on DV, HDV or HD and outputting to video, DVD, web, or even film.
Adobe has introduced some nice innovations in individual programs and dramatically improved the way that the programs interact with each other, as it continues to refine and adapt to the dynamic media world we live in. Production Studio comes well stocked with templates, presets, and royalty-free media to get you started, and there's also two DVDs with several hours of video tutorials from Total Training, which provide a helpful overview to workflow and new features in the various programs that make up Production Studio. There's also a DVD with footage for completing the tutorials yourself.
For the purposes of this review I looked at the Premium version of Adobe's Production Studio. Here's what's included (deep breath): Adobe After Effects 7.0 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Audition 2.0, Adobe Encore DVD 2.0, and Adobe Illustrator CS2. Production Studio Standard Edition includes Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, Adobe After Effects 7.0 Standard, and Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Both standard and premium suites also include Adobe Bridge, Adobe's new file managing program, and Adobe Dynamic Link, which automatically updates footage files as you move from one program to another.
The full suite requires Windows XP. You will need a reasonably powerful system to get the most out of Adobe Production Studio - if you are working with DV, a minimum 1.5GHz Pentium 4, and for HDV 3.4GHz is needed. 512MB RAM is fine for one program, but at least 1GB is recommended for working with multiple programs. The more memory, the better. Check the system requirements. Further information, such as hardware compatibility, is available at Adobe's website.
The price tag for Standard (check current prices at Amazon: U.K., U.S., Canada) and Premium (check current prices at Amazon: U.K., U.S., Canada) reflect the high-end nature of these video editing tools. But the enhancements are significant enough to make it worth upgrading from previous versions of Adobe video editing tools or trying these for the first time. If you are merely dabbling with video a bit here and there or just don't want to splash out on such a beast as this, then you might want to try an alternative consumer editor like Adobe Premiere Elements.
You can download trial versions of the software from Adobe's website.