I find in general premiere pro to be sluggish on my mac compared to my win 7 edit machine at home, is there any validation to that?
You're not the first. Dollar for dollar, you will typically get better performance out of Windows over a Mac.
Hi Jim, that helps with some general info, but it's the fact that it's all Mark III footage specifically that is giving me hassles, and the fact that is plays back without issue in quicktime or preview, makes me believe it's a premiere issue. I'm not running off an external drive or anything either, I've got a RAID 0 that's got some great performance and premiere still bottlenecks.
I've been reading about Open GL 2 (one of the system requirements) issues with this card on a mac, but I'm not really too sure what to make of it, or how to check what my system is running or how to correct any issues.
well, I solved the 5D Mark III file issue.
Premiere CS 5.5 has s problem viewing the Mark III's .MOV file extensions. I changed my clips in Automater to .MPG and they play back without issue, smooth all the way through even at maximum preview quality. What an odd glitch. I'm told that has been fixed in CS6 so this step is not nesessary.
I'm not sure if it's just a Mark III file issue, or an .MOV issue in general, but it works now.
Hope this helps someone else!
It's an MOV issue. The same applies to the Nikon D7000, which now work just fine in CS6.