mpg files are what I'm working with, but that's like... standard isn't it? Why on earth wouldn't premiere open it?
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MPEG is not standard (that would be DV AVI) and it requires licensed processes to edit... and Adobe is not going to pay the license fee for you to use the software for free
There is a 30 day return on Adobe software, if you buy and it won't work
Be aware that editing on an average laptop is not going to work
Tools to Convert to DV-AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317?tstart=0
Convert your files to DV-AVI Type II with 48KHz 16-bit Audio
I have NOT used the products below, I only forward due to other mentions
$90 http://www.magix.com/us/movie-edit-pro/ plus $5 Ship
$70 http://www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html Converter
$40 http://www.deskshare.com/dmc.aspx Digital Media Converter
$00 http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/ or http://www.mrbass.org/dvdrip/
$00 http://www.squared5.com/ MPEG Streamclip Converter
$00 http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html Multi-Converter <-- supposed to be very good
$00 http://www.virtualdub.org/ Mpeg to AVI Converter
Read Harm on drive setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/662972?tstart=0
- click the embedded picture in Harm's message to enlarge to reading size
- you need AT LEAST 2 drives for video editing, 3 is better
- some HD formats work better with (require) RAID
> mpg files are what I'm working with, but that's like... standard isn't it? Why on earth wouldn't premiere open it?
As John says, MPEG-2 codecs cost money for Adobe to license from a third party, so we're not allowed to give them away for free. See the limitations document that I linked to.
Why won't editing on an average laptop work? I don't have any problems with Illustrator, Photoshop, or Dreamweaver.
Let's take PS as an example. Say that the JPEG compression algorithm cost Adobe $ to include, they would not have that in the trial either. That is how it is with MPEG-2, which Adobe licenses from MainConcept. When one buys the full-paid version (whether its retail, or educational), there are no limitations, as the cost of the MainConcept license is figured into the price of the software. What Adobe is not ready to do is to pay MainConcept for the licenses for the trial, as some users will not be buying the software. The only option would be to charge for the trial, to cover that licensing fee. Adobe has chosen to offer the trial for free, but with limitations.
Now remember, being a student, you should qualify for a really good price on the educational version of PrPro, so you might want to look into that.
> Why won't editing on an average laptop work? I don't have any problems with Illustrator, Photoshop, or Dreamweaver.
Illustrator isn't processing dozens of images per second.