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The average guy would finish his project in the version he started with.
haha. that's true. perhaps i should change my name to "theunreasonablerequestdave"
Or better yet - "The Unreasonable Request Dave"
I feel hostility. Perhaps I'll take this need elsewhere.
If I only had CS3, I'd gladly do this for you. Unfortunately, I only have CS2, and I do not believe that this would help. I got a lot of assistance from the Mac community, when I had a P6.5 Mac Project, that I needed to get into CS2 PC. I'd be glad to return the favors.
Just did similar for an Encore user, who had Encore 1.0 Project and CS3. (CS3 will not handle that old a Project, but CS2 would.) She needed to go from Encore 1.0 to CS2, so her CS3 could read that. Piece-o-cake and worked the treat. Wish I could do the same for you.
Gotta' be a CS3 PC user out there, who can handle this "not so unreasonable" request. It would take but a moment. FTP'ing the necessary files would be the biggest issue, but still simple to do. Oh, the PC'er would need to add a few file extensions, but that takes all of 20 sec.
Thanks for the encouragement, Bill.
What kind of work does the file extension part require? I've had this process done before but the receiver of my project file was already familiar with the process.
You are correct Dave! You are feeling hostility from two dinks who have nothing better to do than snipe at hapless participants in an Adobe user-to-user forum. They should both be banned (but they won't be).
On the Mac, the Project file will *usually* appear without any file extension. Instead there will be one, or more, "helper/locator" files. These will usually be the filename, but with "._" (or similar) prepended to it. These are of no use to a PC.
All that I did was Copy the Project files to a new folder, and in it, added the ".prproj" extension. All opened fine. (Actually, since this was a pre-Pro version, I think that I added ".proj," but you would use ".prproj.")
If I were going to "convert" the Project, I'd gather up all Assets, keeping the folder structure exactly the same. Gather up the Project files (renaming, as is necessary), and furnish all of this to the person doing the conversion. This *should* keep your Asset Links working*. The other option would be to just convert the Project file, but then you will have to manually re-Link every Asset. If one gets lucky, and the Assets are stored in one folder, PP *might* be able to have you locate the first missing Asset, and then automatically locate the rest. I hesitate on this last comment, because you will have converted the Project, so things do not always work 100% the way they would otherwise. I had to do a lot of re-Linking, but I was jumping several versions and from Mac to PC. Still, once the Assets were re-Linked, all has worked perfectly.
Good luck finding a PC operator with CS3. Should not be that hard. Wish I could help you more, but CS2 won't cut it, for what you need to do.
* Keeping the drive letter the same will be a big step to keeping your links. Let's say that you are working on your D:\ drive (sure that Mac would call it something else), and you copy over to an external. I'd have the PC operator copy the Assets (with folder structure) to their D:\, just to keep the Links. Does this make sense?
PS one little consideration is Mac's not using NTSF HDDs and the file size limitation of Fat-32 HDDs. However, you already have your Project and its Assets on a Mac, so this is probably moot.
Thanks Bill, that was very helpful.
I posted this same request at Dvinfo.net forums and received a willing response within a few hours. I wish this community was as healthy as that one.
You're pulling all the weight for Adobeforums, and I appreciate that.
Let me know if my Mac with Production Premium CS3 can be of use to you anytime. my email is theaveragedave(at)gmail.com
Glad you got the offer. Hey, I was in that other boat, not too long ago - you know the one that passed you with the "PC" logo on it?
I think that one of the reasons for hesitancy is that many do know know what can be done. I had to do a good deal of research, and the info was not easy to come by. People just do not do that much X-platform work in Premiere, and probably with good reason. Still, stuff happens and sometimes we have to think outside the box - whether that box is a Mac, or a PC.
I tried to think of any other caveats, or constructive thoughts to help you with this, but believe that I've mentioned most of it.
Do be prepared to do some re-Linking. Get a large coffee pot and keep it handy, just in case. Be patient, as you go.
Oh, I got it all re-linked within a matter of minutes. it was a fairly small project and I've had to do this before with other ones. I just didn't know what the PC user was going to have to do on their end in case I had someone willing but unfamiliar with the process. Fortunately they were willing and capable.
That's great news Dave. Glad it went well for you. Sorry that I was not equipped to help you out on this one. See all PC-users are not as bad as the ads make us out to be... [Insert Big Grin Here]
Personally, I like little projects like this, as I am bound to learn something new from them. Once I learn one thing per day, I can take the rest of the time off, smoke Cubans and drink wine...