Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 is the fourth incarnation of Adobe's professional video-editing software.

And Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 includes features that should further strengthen its credibility.

Here's what to expect from Premiere Pro CS4 when it ships next month, both as a standalone product and as a part of the Production Premium suite along with the latest versions of After Effects and Soundbooth.

A few of the most notable new features aren't part of Premiere Pro CS4 itself, but come in the form of companion programs. Of interest to Mac users will be the fact that for CS4, Adobe eliminates the most conspicuous disparity between the Windows and Mac versions of the Creative Suite by including a Mac-compatible version of Adobe OnLocation. OnLocation CS4 lets you use a laptop to monitor, capture, and log video in the field. Prior to CS4, Mac users could run the program only via Boot Camp.

Premiere Pro CS4 also ships with Adobe Media Encoder CS4, a separate but integrated program that can batch encode any combination of Premiere Pro sequences and other files to multiple formats. In the past, you could export just one sequence to a single format at a time.

Of course, Premiere Pro CS4 also boasts numerous new features of its own. A new Media Browser panel lets you preview and import footage on your computer from within the Premiere Pro interface - which is particularly useful when importing material from tapeless media.

Premiere Pro CS4 expands its support of tapeless media to include P2, AVCHD, XDCAM EX, and XDCAM HD. And Premiere Pro CS4 not only supports the media, but its metadata, as well. This way, shot information encoded in the field is present in Premiere Pro, making it easy organise and search the footage without intermediate steps.

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