Adobe's Premiere 6.0 To Provide Competition For Final Cut Pro

Adobe has released the latest version of their video editing software, Premiere. Before Appleis launch of iMovie, Premiere was the main option for digital video editing. The new version brings improved cross-platform compatibility, something that either of Appleis products can not offer. The new version also adds direct support for FireWire, allowing users to edit video directly from a DV camcorder. According to Adobe:

The essential tool for professional digital video editing Adobe? Premiere? 6.0, a stunningly simple (and powerful) professional video editing tool, comfortably closes the DV to Web gap while extending the award-winning softwareis position as the most accessible application on the market today. With new support for DV on the Windows platform and cross-platform support for all of the leading Web video formats, Premiere aggressively integrates a variety of features and functions into its long-held marketplace position as simply the best video editing tool around.

Premiere 6.0 provides direct support for IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.Link) on both Windows and Mac OS. Using only the DV port on your hard drive, an IEEE 1394 connection, and your DV camcorder, you get perfect digital video in Premiere every time. Adobe Premiere offers built-in support for all types of DV devices, ranging from consumer to professional. By simply connecting a DV device to the IEEE 1394 port on a Windows or Macintosh computer, you can capture DV clips and begin editing right away. On a computer with an IEEE 1394 port, thereis no need to install additional hardware such as a video capture card. Just select the appropriate DV device manufacturer and model in the Device Control dialog box, and Adobe Premiere assigns the video input settings appropriate to that device, making the video capture process more precise.

Users may upgrade to Premiere for US$149. You can find more information at the Adobe web site.