I have recently upgraded to CS4 from Premier 6. That's a huge learning curve, but it's going well. One very important project I do every year is a leadership camp for teens. I film all day from Monday - Thursday (9a.m.-9p.m.) Edit over night. Friday I film until 2 p.m. The video - which is an overview of the weeks accomplishments - is due a 8 p.m. Friday is the championship tournament so the footage on that day is especially critical.
This year, because of the upgrade, I didn't finish on time. There were 300 kids at that camp and the director gave me an additional 20 minutes so I could at least have "something" to show. I need to know how to make this software run faster. Here are some of my issues, maybe someone can help.
Transitions: it appears that even if I edit a clip and use that clip in a transition, that the edited part shows up in the transition. I even used a razor tool to cut the clip, that didn't change the outcome. The only transitions that seemed to actually work were the Adobe dissolves. Everything else didn't seem to exist. I could place them over a clip but they just sat there and did - nothing.
Titles: I normally have the championship team's name come up over the video so they can be recognized. In the older version, I selected a page curl of some sort and slapped it over the title and I had instant movement. It took one or two clicks. I could not figure out an easy way to accomplish the same thing. The best I could do here was fade a title in and out and that was pretty lame.
Title Attributes: Once I created a title for the five or six transitions, I wanted to be able to use the same exact attributes for each title. I was not able to do that and had to mannually create every title from scratch.
3rd Party Add Ons: I use Digital Juice Jump Backs and they work wonderfully in CS4. However, every time I shut down premier, and then restart, anything that was previously rendered, must be re-rendered. This didn't happen in Premier 6. For some of my layered pieces like the DJ products this consumes time I don't have.
Export to DVD: I could not get Encore to work as it crashed 3 times after 27 seconds into transcoding. I resorted to using my Matrox rtx2 card breakout box and just playing back from the time line via RCA cables to a DVD recorder. I can not tell you how disappointed I was in the loss of quality. I don't know what the issues are with Encore, but I can't get this puppy to work at all. I'm wondering if it's a codec problem?
We did have a video, but it was the choppiest and most unprofessional looking one I've ever done. Now, before you tell me to watch the tutorials and read the manual, I'll one up you. I bought the tutorials, I've watched most of them, I've printed 350 pages of the 500 page manual and even read it. My system was built by an authorized Adobe dealer, Safe Harbor, and I'm using the Matrox RTX2 card. Vista 64, 8GB RAM, 2TB Hard Drives for Video, 500 GB system drive. I've been editing video for over 12 years so you can be pretty straight forward. I also have all the latest drivers and did NOT upgrade to 4.1.
Direct my path and I'll be mighty appreciative.