When I first saw the Mercury Playback demo (which uses a computers GPU to accelerate various processes) I was intrigued, and it seems others are as well. Philip Johnston writes about his own feelings about the upcoming release:
Apple are a long way off bringing FCP anywhere near 64bit and as it stands Compressor and DVD Studio Pro are a joke. The one sole program that saves FCPs butt is Motion. Motion is streets ahead of After Effects and far easier to use but for this one program I for one would kiss good-by to FCP and who knows if the £3K became accessible that jump may be sooner than later.And this Monday we get to find out more when Adobe officially rolls out CS5.
I know I will have to spend some time with Premiere to see if I want to switch; or just use it for some tasks. And cost is a serious factor me. But I can't wait until they role it out, and I hope there's a 30-day trial version available!!