5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 15, 2009 2:34 PM by zjimbo

    Is this what I need?

    zjimbo Level 1

      I was looking at MovieFactory and Cyberlink Director 8 Ultra and other non Adobe editing software just to give you an idea of what I want to do. However I want to stay with Adobe products.  I am new to all this post editing, so I want to ask a few questions before I purchase Adobe Premier Elements-7.  I am using CS3 with Windows Vista 64 bit.    1.) I have a 50 minute fully edited HD project full of cuts, transitions, titles and effects.  Is this software intended to add menus, chapter points, animation, and some cool special effects to an already edited project?  In other words polish it up for viewing on a desktop DVD player.    2.) I shot and edit in HD. Will PSE-7 convert this to Standard DVD?  Thanks Jim

        • 1. Re: Is this what I need?
          the_wine_snob Level 9
          I am using CS3 with Windows Vista 64 bit.




          Does this mean that you are using PrPro CS3 and have edited in it? If so, you will NOT be able to open the PRPROJ file in any version of PrE. I doubt, but do not know this to be fact, that you can open that PRPROJ file in anything except for PrPro. If that is correct, and all you want to do is author it to DVD, then Encore is your program of choice.


          If you do have PrPro CS3, you might want to see this THREAD and consider upgrading to CS4.1 for the HD to SD downrezing.


          Now, if I misunderstood which CS3 program you have, and have done work in, forgive me, and correct my assumptions.


          Good luck,



          • 2. Re: Is this what I need?
            zjimbo Level 1

            That is correct. I am using PrPo CS3.  I have Encore on my computer, but I can't seem to get it to open. I will need to investigate further. Thanks Jim

            • 3. Re: Is this what I need?
              the_wine_snob Level 9



              Regarding Encore, please post your problems HERE. Please list your system specs. and you will get help.


              See you there,




              PS - Encore is a great authoring program and will allow you to do much more than almost any other authoring program, < US$25,000.

              • 4. Re: Is this what I need?
                Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                As for downconverting, yes, both Premiere Pro CS3 and Premiere Elements 7 will convert most formats to most any other formats (although, they are video editors first, and there are more efficient conversion programs if all you want to do is convert or downsample).


                But much depends on the source of your footage. Hi-def video from a AVCHD or HDV tape-based camcorder, yes.


                Hi-def video from a cheap "webbie" camcorder, like the Flip, not so much.

                • 5. Re: Is this what I need?
                  zjimbo Level 1

                  Thanks Steve: My source is HDV tape from a Canon HV-20 camcorder. I'm still

                  trying to get Encore running. I can't wait to play with Encore and try it

                  out on my project. I will be all done when I do.