If you’re unfamiliar with OpenCL, it’s the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors. Meaning, it greatly improves speed and responsiveness by taking advantage of untapped resources (i.e. the GPU) for parallel compute across a number of applications from gaming and medical software, and now with specific functions like processing effects and transitions when video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. AMD and Adobe have been hard at work collaborating on integrating OpenCL into Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. In fact, I ran into Adobe’s Director of Video Product Management, Bill Roberts at the Adobe booth (#SL2624) here at NAB, where they are showcasing the OpenCL powered real-time editing and effects, and he reiterated their enthusiasm for bringing open standards to life through Adobe Premiere Pro:

“AMD has been a vital partner in helping us bring GPU-acceleration through OpenCL™ to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 on current generation MacBooks everywhere. I think our customers will find the enhanced Mercury Playback Engine to be a dramatic improvement and a great benefit to users who will experience an immediate dramatic performance increase with this new release software release . We couldn’t be more excited about the results of our work with AMD on Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. We’re definitely looking forward to continuing our work with AMD on future enhancements to Adobe Premiere Pro.” – Bill Roberts, Director of Video Product Management, Adobe.