Screenblast, Adobe effect upgrades

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Sony unit Screenblast and Adobe Systems have each announced upgrades to several packages of software targeting profes-sional and hobbyist filmmakers and musicians.

Adobe introduced major upgrades to video-editing program Adobe Premiere Pro and broadcast-graphics and effects package Adobe After Effects. It also unveiled the rebranded Cool Edit Pro audio-editing program as Adobe Audition. It previously an-nounced Adobe Encore DVD, a DVD authoring program that will be bundled with Adobe Photoshop and the other three pro-grams.

Audition will feature audio-editing capabilities for up to 128 stereo tracks. Premiere has been revamped with new tools for pro editors running Intel-based computers and Windows XP. After Effects gets improved titling capabilities and new visual effects tools.

Screenblast, a unit of Sony Pictures Digital, said it will release new versions of its Screenblast Movie Studio and the renamed Screenblast Acid 4.0 music software in August.

SPD recently acquired both products from Sonic Foundry, which had been creating private-label versions of its Acid and Ve-gas products on Screenblast’s behalf for the past couple of years. Screenblast is a subscription-based online site for consumers wanting to create and distribute music and movies.

Acid is a well-regarded music-creation program that lets users combine “loops,” prerecorded bits of music on various instru-ments, to create a complex song. The new version will make it easier to export Acid songs to Sony devices such as its Clie handhelds and broadens the kinds of audio formats the program supports.

The new Screenblast Movie Studio software will include DVD authoring capabilities, DVD menu templates and a license for MPEG-2 encoding. Both programs retail for less than $100.

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