Adobe has acquired Mettle, the makers of the popular SkyBox suite of 360-degree-video and VR editing tools for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Mettle founder Chris Bobotis takes on the role of director, professional video at Adobe.
The SkyBox suite will no longer be available for separate purchase but existing SkyBox customers will continue to have the same contact and support process through Mettle. The suite will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud by the end of the year. Until then Adobe CC subscribers will be able to access the SkyBox tools by sending an email to You should inlude your Adobe ID and first and last name as it appears on your account. Adobe then will get back to you within a week.

Adobe says that many of its users have been relying on the SkyBox Suite of plug-ins from Mettle for VR transitions, titles, and effects and it therefore made sense to make the plug-ins available to all subscribers through Creative Cloud.

“We believe that making virtual-reality content should be as easy as possible for creators. The acquisition of SkyBox plugins and Mettle technology allows us to deliver a more highly integrated VR editing and effects experience to the film and video community by the end of the year,” said Bill Roberts, Adobe senior director of professional video product management. You can read the full announcement on the Adobe Blog.