3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 19, 2010 6:39 PM by Colin Brougham

    CS5 Cross Platform: Best Practices?

    gold987987987 Level 1

      I have a new project coming up that will require me to edit in CS5 on a PC and a MAC.  I was wondering what do I need to know to make this work as smoothly as possible.

      I normally work with Cineform files but I'm open to suggestions if it will make cross platform compatibility smoother.

        • 2. Re: CS5 Cross Platform: Best Practices?
          gold987987987 Level 1

          That's cool.  I guess a better question would be...what file format/codec is going to be the most cross platform compatible?  I mainly shoot with the 5DmkII and then convert to Cineform.  I'm wondering what workflow is best...what are my options?

          • 3. Re: CS5 Cross Platform: Best Practices?
            Colin Brougham Level 6

            The MOV files recorded by the 5D will work natively in both the Mac and Windows versions of Premiere, assuming a relatively robust system. You can then just bounce a project file back and forth and as long as you stick to the guidelines Todd linked to above, you'll be in good shape.


            I don't use Cineform, but I believe there is a free player (Neo, maybe?) that installs the playback codecs on any system that doesn't have the encoder installed. That way you could stick with your Cineform workflow; note that you'll need to do your transcoding on whichever platform you have the encoder installed, and then you should be able to move the files to the other system and work with them there.


            Ultimately, if there is a sequence preset for a particular format/codec listed in the new sequence panel of one platform, you'll have parity on the other platform and be able to work with it there. Third-party codecs, like Cineform, are going to require a little more user intervention.