Many thanks to you who contribute on the Forum, for giving me the foresight I need to make informed purchase decisions regarding hardware and OS for the best desktop editing experience. For the last weeks I have been gathering the hardware components. This is what my hardware looks like now:
Next, I have buy my Adobe software. When I started using Premiere (4.0?) there were no forums and technical support had its limits (severe limits). I was content with my old version of Premiere until my computer died. My new laptop came with Windows Vista and my old software will not load, so I will buy a full version of the new software (my old software, Premiere 7 does not qualify me to uprade).
I am not planning an Epic movie or getting paid to make independently produced commercials for television. I earn money to support my hobby shooting weddinging photography. I would like to upgrade my equipment and skills to make wedding videography a viable second income.
Currently I am shooting standard definition MiniDV and capturing, but I want to upgrade my Videocam (looking at DVX100B).
My belief from reading the Forum is that my hardware is sufficient to run CS3 or CS4. I have the option of purchasing CS3, CS3.3 or CS4. The economic principle of scarce resources and unlimited wants bears here as I want software, hardware and camera. The hardware purchase is done, I have a working camera, so priority now at the cross road of cost benefit analysis is regarding which version of Creative Suite. I can buy a copy or CS3 or CS3.3 for half the cost of CS4.
I have a full version of Photoshop CS3, so I can upgrade to CS4 Production for $1099. For not much more I can get Master Collection CS3.3, which would allow me create web content. After reading Jim's poll about whether CS4 works or not, I am unsure which choice would be best. What to do?
(See guys, this is exactly why I wanted to draw the line at whether or not you can get the job done using CS4. All software will have issues at one point or another. You can't draw the line at does it work perfectly and expect the results to mean anything. The bottom line for potential customers is can they actually produce and collect that paycheck.
When I left the poll the tally was 11 for whom it works, and only 2 for whom it doesn't. That's pretty encouraging. What the hell did you guys do after I left to make Jeffery have to ask this question?)