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They are not needed.
I also was surprised at other stuff I had no idea about. CS4 Drive , Adobe Air etc. No descriptions at all about them at time of install and of course no Manuals /sheets to tell you about them either.
A small info box under the component would be beneficiary. I installed them without giving it much though, but both take about 300MB of space.
No description in the manual either. Guess I'll keep on searching. :S
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The "Functional Content" is material like Menu Templates, Title Templates, etc. Fonts *might* be in that group too.
I see, thank you Bill.
I'm still having no luck finding out what Adobe CS4 American English Speech Analysis Models actually is.
One of the new features of Premiere CS4 is a speech analysis tool.
Adobe says "Turn spoken dialogue into text-based, timecode-accurate, searchable metadata. Jump to a specific area of a shot by searching for keywords within the dialogue, and then use keywords to quickly locate and display what you're looking for or even cut video based on the script."
If you do not want to use that tool then you would not need that module loaded.
In followup to Bill's info, there are several comments here on the viability of the Speech Analysis Tool. From my reading, it seems that some do not feel that it is "ready for primetime."
You might want to look at some of the threads with titles like, "Just Got CS4," etc.. These comments were in replies on the good, the bad, etc., in CS4 and are not reflected in the title of the article, IIRC. These were in the last two weeks.
I mean if have software that could transcribe from voice and be 50% percent all the time, you'd make a ton of money selling it to progams other than Premiere. Especially in the Law Enforcement Industry, Translation as well as dictation.
If it worked as well as Adobe is selling it, it would put court transcribers out of work and there wouldn't be much keyboard use anymore.
It's unrealistic to think these things are possible with some kind of voice training. It's works great when someone has no emotion, and talks perfectly metered, with no accent or slang. And 80% is pretty amazing for accuracy for this kind of non real world talk.
It'll be great for narration, and work pretty good actors who speak like robots (most bad actors).
It just won't work for a dramatic production and no by could reasonably expect that. If you had totally perfect, clean dialog for almost any TV show or Hollywood film you get maybe get 10%. Because in movies people talk at different speeds, talk with accents (ethnic or regional) and generally talk like real people.
that's my opinion. they did a great job and wouldn't expect better without voice training.
However I have yet to see a list where speech transcription was a most requested feature. Seems like resources could have been better used. They just wanted to a have new feature for the new bundle. I mean people use Adobe all over the world not just 'American English'. They should have waited to make it a feature in the release pack.
Most most requested feature is for it to work great right out of the box.