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Discussed hundreds of times... Premiere is designed for DV AVI type 2 files, not compressed file editing
Elements is designed to use consumer files
Convert those compressed files to DV AVI type 2 to edit in Premiere... and tell your customers that going from a compressed file to a Premiere edit file is going to result in some quality drop
Go to my notes page http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM the click the internal link for editing compressed files
Hi Mark - MP4 is just not supported. CS3 is a step up from the consumer offerings (such as Elements) You will need to convert the MP4s to DV (avi) preferably. Elements may be able to do this
> Discussed hundreds of times
No, a million times.
Hi - thanks for replies. I think I've been misunderstood though. I wasn't suggesting PP should change its engine to use the 'amateur' format that PE uses. I would like it to be INCLUDED' as an option seeing as we pay far far more for PP than PE, and this allows both formats.
> DV AVI type 2 files, not compressed file editing
DV is a compressed format. It is not temporally compressed, however. Premiere does not handle temporal compression well. It will, however, play many compression formats other than DV so long as the files are intra-frame compressed.
Like it or not, with internet video being so popular I make a prediction that within a year (okay maybe within 2 years) Adobe Premiere (not just elements) will import mp4 and other compressed formats.
Let's check back here in 2 years. I'm marking it on my calendar. :)
Internet video is an export format, not an import format. Professionals and Prosumers seldom need to edit highly compressed footage like MP4.