I just downloaded a TRIAL version of premiere pro CS4. I already have the full Web Premium design suite and Final Cut Express. Also, I have a Sony HDR-HC 1, which produces anamorphic HDV, and an old, external hard drive full of captures of HDV mpeg-2 files from the HC1 to Premiere Elements 8 on a PC. I'm wondering. . . can premiere pro CS4 import and edit these HDV mpeg-2 files, or can I at least recapture the footage from my HC 1 and edit these HDV files with Premiere Pro CS4?
The main reason I downloaded the trial was to see what editing these files would be like. I just went from PC to MacBook Pro, and although I love the mac, I'm really frustrated about the limits of Final Cut Express - it doesn't recognize these files and HDV capture files are huge. I've heard the trial version of Premiere Pro omits certain file types. I just want to confirm before I buy that I can do what I want to do.
I don't see the point of having a trial version that omits certain features. Put a watermark on the screen, an X, or a the Affleck duck for that matter but let me see that I can produce what I want to before I shell out more cash. . . just venting. . .thanks for your input!
The trial does not support anything MPEG, including HDV, AVCHD, XDCAM. The full version does. Regarding your venting, if MPEG were supported in the trial, Adobe would have to pay licence fees for the MPEG support and they are not willing to do that for free trial versions.
Thanks. I just wanted to be sure before I buy.
Since the trial is lacking some elements of the full version, I'll probably end up going to Barnes and Noble and skimming through some books to see what sort of input and export options are available.
Or get the full version, try it out and if not satisfied, use the 30 day refund option.