I have Premiere CS3 but since it cannot edit AVCHD files, I contemplated spending $299 to upgrade to CS4 or $150 to purchase Premiere Elements 8. I ended up saving $150 and getting Elements 8.
However, like other folks, I've found that playback and rendering are so slow as to be completely useless.
Anyone know if CS4 has the same issue? I could still get a refund on Elements 8 and spend the extra money on Premiere CS4 if it's faster...
>playback and rendering are so slow as to be completely useless
You provide ZERO details about your computer, so no answer is possible
How to ask a question http://forums.adobe.com/thread/416679
A link with many ideas about computer setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/436215?tstart=0
PPro... but work through all of the steps (ideas) listed at http://ppro.wikia.com/wiki/Troubleshooting
If your problem isn't fixed after you follow all of the steps, report back with the DETAILS asked for in the questions at the end of the troubleshooting link
P-Pro requires more computing power than P-Elements... if PE won't work, neither will PP
I'd have gone to CS4 myself, but then I love PrPro, so that isn't really fair.
Now, AVCHD is heavily dependent on the CPU of the computer, and then the I/O sub-system, i.e. the HDD's, is secondary. With most formats, those dependencies are reversed. With AVCHD, the more cores and the faster, the better. One cannot have too many fast cores.
Though CS4 has a slightly larger footprint, than PrE 8, I highly doubt that you'd get any better performance with it. Actually, PrE had AVCHD support slightly before CS4 did, but they are on different product cycles.