Welcome to the forum, and with a success story, no less!
Thanks for reporting, as someone else might well benefit later on.
Thanks for the welcome message!
Just out of curiousity, does it seem like a number of people have difficulty installing the CS4 products? I know it took me 4-5 attempts (with just about that many blue screens) to get Production Premium installed. What finally seemed to work was to start Windows in "simplified mode" (explained here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/404/kb404984.html) and having no internet connection (turned my wireless antennae off).
I had one hiccup installing the trial a while back on XP Pro. I had no difficulty installing the full suite on Windows 7 RC this time around.
I would also caution others about the proffered solution. Quicktime is not a good thing, I feel. Just leave it off your edit rig altogether, as it's wholly unnecessary in most cases, and has caused many issues in the past.
A better method would have been to convert the unusual .dv files to the normal .avi files. This is a file conversion process only, nothing happens to the video inside the file, no recompression.
This is not from an emperical survey, but only observing the posts in the forum:
It does seem that installation issues are greater in CS4. Now, there was a problem with the MSI (Micro$oft Installer), and that did not help. Still, enough install issues to make note of.
Then, the CS4.1 update seems to have installation issues for some. Don't know if this is specific to their systems, or there is something else afoot. The problems do not seem to be universal, but appear randomly - by the reporting.
More installation issues? Seems so.
Am I sure? No, as there could be a larger user base, or maybe just more folk coming here with their issues...
I agree with you... I am no fan of Quicktime myself.
I just simply wanted to share what worked for me, in case there are a few users like myself who about went crazy trying to figure out why their .DV files won't open.
When you mention converting the DV files to AVI, are you referring to a simple changing of the file extension in Windows Explorer? FYI, I gave that a try and the files still did not work. Like you said, though, they are likely rather unusual DV files.
I beleive that Jim is talking about full conversion of the files. Just changing an extension only works in a very few instances. There is much more to it than that. I do not know the .DV files, so cannot comment directly.
Jim can tell you if he meant full conversion, or just renaming, but I'd be surprised if the .DV's would work any better regardless of what you rename the extension.
Good luck, and thanks for reporting your workflow.
When you mention converting the DV files to AVI, are you referring to a simple changing of the file extension in Windows Explorer?
No. Changing the extension doesn't alter the actual file. I'm talking about something like DVMP which converts the file structure from .dv to .avi. Same video inside, but now a proper .avi file that Premiere can easily work with, and no need to install Quicktime (which is a good thing).
Glad that I got that one correct.
Thanks for clarifying,