At the San Francisco Supermeet Friday 27th January, Adobe’s Al Mooney revealed a sneak peek at a new application for the Creative Suite called Prelude.
Essentially Prelude is an ingest, logging and rough cut tool. It’s designed to make it easy to add log notes (a.k.a. metadata) quickly and easily, then perform a rough first string out to send to a craft (skilled) editor for the real work. Now obviously, any tool that encourages the entry of metadata is good by me!
So far, there’s not page for Prelude I can link to but from what I remember the key features are:
- Works directly off non-tape media
- Media can be previewed and selects trimmed before ingest to Prelude
- Icons can be “skimmed” (I think Adobe has a different term) FCP X style.
- Will copy media from the card to a specified location
- Will (optionally) do proxy (or really any specified format) generation in parallel with ingest
- Has great tools for subclipping and adding log notes easily
- Can build simple cuts-only timelines
- Exports direct to Premiere Pro or to Final Cut Pro 7 XML.
That’s about what’s known right now. Given that Al finished off by saying “See you at NAB” I can only guess we’ll learn more then (or perhaps before).