As a part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Prelude operates closely with Adobe Premiere Pro. These two Adobe programs work harmoniously hand-in-hand to achieve an efficient video production process. Prelude is the successor of Adobe OnLocation and it helps better in filmmaking and editing by letting users tag and transcode video footage and also make a rough cut. This convenient and easy-to-use ingest and logging software provides great aid to video professionals in their post-production workflows and in managing the footage lifecycle.
With this video management program, you can organize your Premiere Pro project right from the very beginning. This is called a video ingestion. Adobe Prelude provides a handy way to organize a video editor’s work by ingesting and converting data files into a file format that is more precise. The app can now transcode, duplicate, and verify the files you will use.
This software also makes it possible to subdivide media clips and to form footage. All this will be imported to Adobe Premiere Pro without any discrepancies. However, keep in mind that Prelude will not be of no use unless paired with video editing software like Premiere Pro.
Prelude has clip naming and metadata features. Both of these highlights let users quickly create a sequence for immediate editing by enabling subclips creation and rough-cut assembly building. Your clips, subclips, rough-cuts, and bins can be exported to your Adobe Premiere project or your Final Cut Pro (FCP) X XML file. But your rough-cuts can also be directly exported for editing to Premiere Pro.
With your keyboard, you can log data of your footage in Prelude. You can perform this and add markers with their appropriate content for the video you are working on. You won’t need to export those markers as they are automatically sent to Premiere. All the annotations you made will directly be exported even if both Adobe Prelude and Premiere Pro are running at the same time.
Any marker data you make will stick to the footage because they are stored in the file’s metadata. This means that if the footage is imported to another video project, the annotations will still show up. For a group, this feature is also very helpful in the communication of editors or directors.
The purpose of these key functions is to create a fluid workflow and to reduce the time spent on editing video files.
Supported File Formats
Adobe Prelude’s ingest tool supports the following formats.
- Panasonic MXF Operational Pattern (OP) Atom – AVC-I, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO, and DV
- High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)
- XDCAM and Advanced Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD)
- Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF)
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
- Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
- Icon files
Adobe Prelude requires at least Windows 10(64-bit) or macOS X v10.12 with Intel 6thGen processor, 16GB of RAM, 4GB of GPU VRAM, Adobe-certified GPU, 7200 hard drive RPM, and internet connection. Later versions of these specs are also welcome.