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Premiere will choke your PC if you import very many 12 MP images. Suggest using Photoshop to resize to about 1200x900.
I do a lot of slide shows and it would be a real struggle to use Premiere. I have used Proshow Producer for 3 years+ and except for clunky audio trimming it is the cats' meow!
Alternative is using Canopus Imaginate to create an AVI for easy editing.
> I have used Proshow Producer for 3 years+ and except for clunky audio trimming it is the cats' meow!
Have you tried exporting to AVI from Producer then bringing that into Premiere? Plan to test that later today myself.
Given that we're working with about 2/3 video and 1/3 stills it seems that might be a good option.
Are you doing your DVD menus in Producer as well? I haven't even looked at menus in Producer lately but the last time I did it seemed pretty lame compared to Encore. That makes sense given that's what Encore does-- and PP's menu options aren't that great either.
It's been awhile, but I did look into Canopus Imaginate previously. The impression I got was that from a development perspective it was dead in the water. Lots of users grumbling about that. (?)
I agree that development has stopped, at least there are no signs they continue to improve it further. However, the current version, 2.0 + SP2, works quite satisfactory for me. I can't comment on Producer, since I'm not familiar with that software.
If its a bacgground montage (like something that plays while people eat) I let encore auto create it. Works fine. Saves bags of time.
If its a montage people will be watching, i make it in ppro or ae.
I batch resize to 1200 x 1000 to make ti easier on the tools.
>If its a montage people will be watching, i make it in ppro or ae.
Would PP and AE be comparable in quality with respect to creating DVD slide shows with still images?
The quality will be comparable. However, AE does give you far more control over your media, such as detailed motion properties.
My workflow involves exporting from Producer as Mpeg 2 DVD Medium or High-Safe (3.2) and authoring in Encore. We have a video intro and exit and they work fine in Producer including motion and drop shadows. Long video portions are exported from Premiere and imported into Encore.
Motion control and slide duration flexibility are key to using Producer...even the animated text is cooler than AE.
Audio timing is just a bit clunky in Producer though.