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Why would you switch from FCP and FCS if you are already on a Mac? It is a constant refrain on this forum that CS4 runs without problems on a Mac. Yes, I believed that like it was gospel :) :) :)
> Adobe's lack of compatability with avchd and Quicktime is a joke.
Adding support for all these delivery codecs is moving the product in the
wrong direction. I say, focus on rock-solid support for intermediate
codecs, and dump all the others. Unfortunately, too many users demand
support for HDV, AVCHD, and other codecs that were not designed for editing,
and the top-heavy apple cart does what gravity demands.
Exactly Christopher. When I realized I couldn't edit in any of the intermediate codecs without serious stuttering and inability to preview my work, I knew I was in trouble. It's obviously a quicktime problem but so what. iMovie handles ProRes HQ without a hiccup. Why cant Premiere at least handle one of the 3 or 4 intermediate QT codecs.
Adobe's philosophy has been to edit camera formats natively. This way, no waiting for Intermediate transcodes. Personally, I prefer the Adobe way, which seems to work very well with formats designed for proper editing, such as DV and DVCPRO HD.
I agree that better support for intermediate codecs would be a nice addition to PPro. In fact, it would be great if Adobe included one, as they briefly did with Cineform. Nonetheless, PPro's support for native HD formats is superior to FCP. I edit primary XDCAM EX footage on the Mac and it's great working with the original files and taking advantage of dynamic link with AE (which never left the Mac). If you prefer using intermediate codecs then I would go with FCS. Hopefully Adobe will improve support for 3rd party codecs in future.
I think it would be nice if FCP started supporting native file formats instead of having to convert everything to proprietary intermediate formats.