Adobe Systems Inc. has announced Adobe Visual Communicator 3 software, which enables educators and students to create scripted, television-quality broadcasts. Designed for those new to video, the software is intended for project-based learning, distance learning courses and campus-wide newscasts. According to the announcement, with this new version, simplified templates and wizards give even inexperienced users the ability to create professional video presentations that can be streamed live over the Internet in the FLV format using Adobe Flash Media Server software, or output to a projector, television, or Channel One Closed-Circuit System.
Adobe Visual Communicator 3 eliminates traditional timelines, making video production faster and easier. Enhancements include new set-up wizards, drag-and-drop animated templates, and an interactive “Coach.” Similar to a professional television studio, users can preview up to three cameras at once while recording or presenting live with the mini-switcher feature to create interview-style videos in real time. In addition, a full-screen teleprompter allows the presenter to read scripts from a distance.
Adobe Visual Communicator 3 provides everything needed to create a television-quality news broadcast, the announcement states. Users can create a video presentation, set it to music, and enhance it with a library of newscast-style graphics, effects, and titles. This version offers an enhanced keyer that allows users to replace a solid green or blue background with an image, video, or graphic background and now includes stronger FLV support and enables users to produce live video content streamed using Adobe Flash technology. Additionally, Adobe Visual Communicator 3 can be used to narrate digital photo collections or video created with Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premiere Pro software. Finished projects can then be exported to Adobe Encore or Adobe Premiere Elements software and burned to a DVD.
Adobe Visual Communicator 3 for Microsoft Windows is expected to be available in an English language version at www.adobe.com in fall 2007. The full version of Adobe Visual Communicator 3 will be available for an estimated street price of US$399, and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Visual Communicator can upgrade to Visual Communicator 3 for the estimated street price of US$149. Qualifying education customers can purchase the software for the estimated street price of US$169. To download a preview version of Visual Communicator 3, visit Adobe Labs at labs.adobe.com/.
More information on Visual Communicator can be found at www.adobe.com/go/vc3.
Source: Adobe Systems Inc., www.adobe.com