I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on a CS5 upgrade. I use PrPro CS4 and Encore CS4. In general, I edit AVCHD video in a PrPro project with multiple sequences. I dynamically link these into my Encore projects with multiple timelines, build my menus, wire it up and build DVD's and BluRays. I should mention that my menu buttons and thumbnails are also designed by me and imported from Photo Shop. I do this because I am a nerd and if there's a choice to be made between picking from a library of pre-cooked items and designing the items myself from scratch, I will always opt for the latter.
I am about 1/2 way through a project right now and do not expect to be done for another 6 weeks or so but I'm enticed by the claims of performance improvements and the prospect of writing AVCHD directly to BluRay without transcoding.
My question then: Will my PrPro and Encore projects from CS4 port smoothly into CS5 of same? Anything I should watch out for?
My system was updated in January:
HP Pavillion with Windows 7 Home x64
1 TByte HD
8 GB Memory
ATI Radeon 3650 with 1GB memory
All opinions welcome.
The answer is yes, but....
there is no 100 % garantee.
You can leave CS4 on you computer just in case. (keep a CS4 copy)
I have tranfered my projects into CS5 without a glitch, but then again i do not use many effects.
For Premiere CS5 at least, the best way to answer the question is to download the trial version and try it. I have both CS4 and CS5 trial on my computer, and CS4 still works fine. When you import a CS4 project into CS5, it creates a new project file, so the CS4 project remains untouched.
There are a few CS4 effects not found in CS5 which will not survive the conversion - the GPU effects and time warp effect come to mind, though there may be others.
Unfortunately the CS5 trial does not do AVCHD.