Unfortunately, I can only address the very last part: I'm with you about 95% on the subject of the forum Craig. I'm trying, but find little joy, other than the posts themselves.
As for the rest, I only wish I had anything for you, but I do not.
After posting this morning, I discovered another little workflow that may help someone in this situation.
The CS4 Media Encoder (standalone) will import a Sequence from a CS3 Premiere Project and export whatever...
This at least saves the intermediate "Movie" File.
Simply Add the Project to the A M Encoder and choose the sequence. (surprisingly...it works!)
I guess that will have to do meantime.
re the Forum...I have deliberately stayed away until now because of the frustration involved. Only popping in on occassion to see if there are any signs of a CS4 update/fix/repair. (I do not use the CS4 Premiere component at all now and wait patiently to see if they can even repair it at all)
I do not know how anyone has the patience to come here and contribute while this site is in such a state!
That workaround looks neat and should save someone in the future - until 4.1 anyway.
As for the fora, I just assumed that you were here, but using one of your AKA's... [Grin]
I have been forced into using this name. Lost the original (Craig Howard) and can not restore it.
Can not create a new one because the email address is already used...
Account remembers its me...the Forum doesnt
Its been far to hard to get back in so I watched as a visitor only.
The whole tone of this place has changed so much. (Dare I say... its value has declined.)
I'm with you. The_wine_snob was a screen name that I set up almost a decade ago, but was never used on Adobe. I had forgotten about it, and even did a blending of all of my Adobe accounts, etc., long ago. When the new forum debuted, that old screen name was back. I tried to change it to Bill Hunt, but Adobe tells me that it is in use. Heck, I set that one up, when Adobe first established an Internet presence. Some day, I'll call Adobe and blend the accounts once again. This stuff happens, when you have an account, before there was an Internet.
Good luck, and do not stay such a stranger to the "new and improved" fora. It does take time, and major effort to love it, but things are getting a bit better. Also, the MOD's indicate that it is still a work-in-progress, so there is still hope.