2013 will be the launch pad for Adobe’s cloud production platform, Adobe Anywhere, as developments hot up in this increasingly active space.
Adobe Anywhere brings collaborative workflow to users of Premiere Pro (pictured), After Effects and the logging tool Prelude, and in its initial incarnation is being targeted at enterprise (i.e. broadcaster) clients for fast turnaround of news and sports.
Although the service is designed to operate over any corporate network “phase one will be an on-premise solution to ensure quality of service which public cloud doesn’t yet guarantee,” according to Niels Stevens, Adobe’s video business development manager.
“It promises to be competitive to set up on a cost per seat basis because there will be no massive requirements of network or high performance clients at the front,” he said.
Adobe Anywhere is powered by the Mercury streaming engine, a server that will stream relevant frames of video to the user, scaling the quality of playback based on available bandwidth.
According to Stevens this effectively gives the same experience to the editor whether they are working in a suite with local storage or on a MacBook Air over streaming images over a busy office LAN.
“This is a full fat Premiere and After Effects client not a custom version of it,” said Stevens. “If two people are working on the same project concurrently they will be alerted to this fact when changes come to be updated.”