The One Collaboration I Need Adobe To Make

I don’t think I’m really asking much…am I?


Hey folks, been gone a while, but it’s fall and time to get back in the swing of things. One of the interesting side-effects of writing for PVC is that I am on just about every PR person’s mail list. Usually these missives are easy to toss to the side, but the other day I got one from Adobe, talking up their presence at IBC 2011 in Amsterdam (for the record, IBC is the international version of NAB, held in early September every year.) As a long-time Premiere Pro and CS-suite convert, I paid a little bit more attention to this one than average. Unfortunately, I neglected to save the URL, but the gist of it was this:

(Paraphrasing) ‘Adobe has had an incredible year, and we are at IBC showing products and working on collaborations with all kinds of other companies.’

Well, that’s cool, if a little vague. But what it did was to ping the bell in my head over the ONE thing I want with Premiere Pro that has so far eluded me:

I want an external fader box so I can stop mixing audio with a mouse or keyframes! Lots of other NLE’s have this ability, so why not Premiere Pro?

Believe me, the faders are out there – I make a pilgrimage to the JL Cooper booth at NAB every year to ask the question, and the “sorry, dude” reply is getting old.

It doesn’t have to be a full-blown audio board – just one nice, long-throw physical fader (that could be assigned to any track) would make me the happiest editor in my neighborhood. If I am missing a product that already does this, please let me know in the Comments section, but to the best of my research this beast doesn’t exist. Why? Why? WHY?

My claw-of-a-right-hand (after mixing with a mouse) salutes you in advance.


Bruce A Johnson

A 1981 graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Bruce A. Johnson got his first job in broadcast television at WFTV, an ABC affiliate in Orlando, FL. While there, he rose through the ranks from teleprompter operator to videographer, editor, producer and director of many different types of programming. It was in the early 1980’s that he bought his first computer – a Timex/Sinclair 1000 – a device he hated so much, he promptly exchanged it for an Atari 400. But the bug had bitten hard. In 1987, Johnson joined Wisconsin Public Television in Madison as a videographer/editor, and still works there to the present day. His responsibilities have grown, however, and now include research and presentations on the issues surrounding the digital television transition, new consumer technology and the use of public television spectrum in homeland security. He freelances through his company Painted Post MultiMedia, and has written extensively for magazines including DV and Studio Monthly.

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