Is there and easier/better product out there that can do it all?
Better than what?
FWIW: PPRO CS5 is probably the premiere desktop editing solution on the market but you need to find a DVD Authoring application for your DVD burning needs.
Checkout Adobe Encore but I am guessing this may not meet your needs and abilities.
With AVCHD material, there is no Capture. One Copies over the material from the cards to the HDD, and then they Import those files into a Project, to use in a Sequence. This is done in PrPro.
When the editing is complete, Encore is used to do the authoring, and is a full-featured authoring application.
There are some "all-in-one" consumer programs, like Pinnacle's Studio, CyberLink's PowerDirector, Magix MovieEdit Pro and Adobe PrElements. The biggest limitation will be that their authoring capabilities are very limited, though pretty easy to use. If one wants a "big-button" solution, I would recommend that they look to those, but at the expense of the power and control.
Does not CS5 come with a authoring tool and tool to burn (I'll will be doing blu-ray)?
I hope CS5 has the above but in no how much is encore?
CS5 is a suite of tools that can include Encore.
Encore , authors and burns from a movie edited in PPRO.
What "package" exactly are you using at the moment for editing with.
Sorry, I'm not 100% clear - So Premiere Pro CS5 comes with Encore that authors and burnd blu-ray?
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Depends if you have the Adobe Suite.
What program do you have at the moment?.
Suggest you check out the Adobe Product line to save us doing this little dance.
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Encore comes with Premiere from what I remember.
The trial of Premiere doesn't come with a trial of Encore.
I dont believe there is a demo of encore.
Here is a quote from the download page of Premiere:
Adobe Encore® CS5 is not available as a trial. Encore CS5 will be installed as part of the trial for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, Creative Suite® 5 Production Premium, and Creative Suite 5 Master Collection but will not be available for use until you purchase.
Do you have Photoshop ?
I love how Encore uses PSD files from photoshop. It makes making menu's so easy.
Just to be clear:
Encore comes with Premiere Pro. You may as well think of Encore as part of Premiere Pro. You can't buy Encore separately, and it comes in any package that contains Premiere Pro. (The same is true of OnLocation.)
Besides coming with PrPro (the default installation should install it, but you can do so separately from the installation discs), Adobe has a great Encore Forum, where a lot of knowledgeable people will help you learn the program and get the most from it.
I also highly recommend Jeff Bellune's book, The Focal Easy Guide to Adobe EncoreDVD 2.0, Focal Press. Though written for an earlier version (back when Encore was also sold separately), 100% of that book will apply to CS5. The additions to En CS5 are well-covered in the Help Files. That book will get you up to speed with En and also teach you some great "tricks," that will get your DVD/BD Projects close to what Hollywood produces.
PS - I understand why Adobe now only bundles Encore with PrPro, but still wish that it was available as a stand-alone, as I would be recommending it to users of other NLE's, like Adobe PrElements. It is that good a program.