by Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS)
Some potential bad news for DVD and Blu-Ray creators using Adobe products. Adobe has announced that Encore, their DVD / Blu-Ray creation software, has reached End-of-Life status. This means there will be no Encore CC.
According to a FAQ section on Adobe.com, “The trend in the video and broadcast industry is moving away from physical media distribution. The future is in cloud and streaming content. Therefore we are focusing more on products that deliver to streaming services. For example, Adobe Media Encoder and Adobe Premiere Pro CC include a new feature allowing users to create iPad-ready video with QuickTime chapter markers. The Encore CS6 version will be the final release of this product.”
Encore CS6 is still available for those subscribing to Creative Cloud, though it will no longer be updated. As far as technical support goes, Adobe says, “Yes, Adobe will continue to offer support for installation and registration issues associated with Adobe Encore. Additionally, the online support resources will allow customers to access existing documentation, as well as tap into community support via the product forums. Customers who have maintenance agreements with Adobe can be confident they will continue to receive support for the duration of their contract.”
A few things to note about using Encore with Premiere Pro CC – dynamic linking will no longer work between Premiere Pro CC and Encore CS6.
But what about OS updates? Adobe’s website says, “Encore CS6 is supported on Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit) and Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7. Please note that Encore CS6 support for future operating system updates or new hardware platforms will not be provided.” Or in other words, wait for someone else to test a Windows 8.1 machine for Encore CS6 compatibility before upgrading your Windows-based box if you require Encore CS6.
This is not the first DVD-authoring package to reach end-of-life status. Apple’s DVD Studio Pro was done away with in 2011. It had been part of Final Cut Studio, which was discontinued shortly after the introduction of Final Cut Pro X. Even then, DVD Studio Pro was essentially the same piece of software from 2006 until Final Cut Studio’s demise in 2011.
There are several flavors of videography who still require DVD / Blu-Ray creation: wedding and event videographers, corporate environments, as well as the indy producer. There are still other DVD creation software choices available, though at the pro and semi-pro end most seem to be Windows-centric. Sony offers several solutions for the pro-end and semi-pro end Windows-based user. Vegas Pro 12, Vegas Pro 12 Premium and Vegas Pro 12 Suite all ship with DVD Architect Pro 6.0 for DVD and Blu-Ray authoring. DVD Architect Pro 5.0 is still available for individual purchase from Sony Creative Software’s website at a low $39.95. And if you have serious Blu-Ray creation needs, Sony’s DoStudio product family of software is available, starting at $2395.00. Sony also has the Blu-Print 6 Blu-Ray disc authoring system available, designed for pro high-volume disc production houses (contact Sony for pricing). Mac users who need Blu-Ray authoring can turn to Avid. Avid Media Composer 7 ships with Avid DVD, though it is a Windows-based program. Avid says Mac users will need to use Windows-emulation software on their machines in order to use it.