Adobe Acquired Mettle’s SkyBox Plug-ins for Virtual Reality

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Recently Adobe team announced that they have acquired the popular Skybox plug-ins from Mettle, a leading company working on 360/VR cinematic production. The SkyBox suite will be integrated natively into Premiere Pro and After Effects, and it is expected to see the functionality available in Adobe’s apps by the end of this year.

Chris Bobotis, the Melt’s co-founder who has more than 25 years of production experience, will join Adobe team as a director of professional video and take advantage of his 360/VR knowledge and expertise to “help develop our 360 VR technology capabilities further”, said Adobe. Meanwhile, Mettle will continue to run as a standalone company led by Nancy Eperjesy, who is also the co-founder of Mettle.

"We believe making virtual-reality content should be as easy as possible for creators. The acquisition of Mettle SkyBox technology allows us to deliver a more highly integrated VR editing and effects experience to the film and video community," said Steven Warner, vice president of digital video and audio, Adobe.

Introduced in April 2015, the Skybox toolset is designed exclusively for making better post-production in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC and complements Adobe Creative Cloud’s existing 360/VR cinematic production technology. Now it has been recognized as best-in-class and widely adopted by big companies including Adobe, Facebook, Google, Apple, LinkedIn, HBO, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, etc. During the integration process with Adobe, the SkyBox suite is no longer available for purchase. Existing and legacy SkyBox users continue to have the same contact and support through Mettle.

Adobe has shown deep interest in 360-degree video and virtual reality. With the acquisition of SkyBox suite and later the integration into Adobe products, Adobe customers will be able to access complete 360/VR production workflows, as long as they hold subscriptions for After Effects, Premiere Pro or the full Creative Cloud. Currently the paid subscribers for Adobe Creative Cloud are able to get access to the SkyBox plugins through Adobe by sending an email to dvaplugin@adobe.com.