Adobe acquires Mettle’s SkyBox tools to beef up its VR portfolio

By : |June 22, 2017 0

In a bid to strengthen its VR portfolio, Adobe has acquired all of Mettle‘s SkyBox technologies and plug-ins for building transitions, titles and effects in VR applications and 360-degree videos. As part of the deal, Mettle developer and co-founder Chris Bobotis has been named director, professional video at Adobe.

Introduced by Mettle in 2015, SkyBox plugins are designed for post-production in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC and complement Adobe Creative Cloud’s existing 360/VR cinematic production technology. The technology is used by The New York Times, CNN, HBO, YouTube among others.

“Editing in 360/VR requires specialized technology and, as such, this is a critical area of investment for Adobe, and we’re thrilled Chris Bobotis has joined us to help lead the charge forward,” said Adobe VP of Digital Video and Audio Steven Warner in a prepared statement.

Adobe has been working a lot to improve Creative Cloud’s VR and VR apps in recent months. In November it announced several updates, including a new 3D design app called Project Felix, a font store called Typekit Marketplace, virtual reality features for the Premiere Pro video editor, three new Android apps, and a bunch of smaller updates across desktop and mobile.

Existing SkyBox customers will continue to have the same contact and support process through Mettle.

While SkyBox plug-ins will no longer be available for purchase during the integration process, Adobe will work to create a seamless integration for Creative Cloud subscribers by providing uninterrupted service and customer support during the transition, the company said in its blogpost.

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