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The trial comes with enough codecs for you to edit, but not the codecs for output to MPEG2 DVD (which I *think* Adobe has to pay for - so it's not going to be in the free trial).
Rest assured - it's there in the full version and I'm using it (encoding a DVD) as I type this. All 8 cores blazing away
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For output to DVD, you would use PrPro to edit, and then Encore (included with PrPro) to author your DVD. As of CS3, it is now always a two-step process (PrPro 2.0 had a rudimentary DVD authoring function, as Encore was not included, except with the Production Studio suite).
PrPro CS 5.5 is now a fully-functional trial, unlike previous trials, Encore, however is not part of the trial. See Trial Limitations.
Also, with Encore, there are several ways to get your edited Timeline to Encore for authoring a DVD.
Note that Adobe offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee, so if you buy the full-paid version, use it for 29 days, and do not like it, you can return it for your money back.
The CS5.5 trial doesn't come with DVD authoring capabilties--that is, Encore--but it does have the ability to encode to DVD-compliant assets. Or at least, it should--that was one of the big changes in the CS5.5 trial. Read here: Trial version limitations | Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5
It should simply be a matter of selecting MPEG2-DVD from the Format dropdown in the Export Settings window. You'll wind up with an M2V video file and and audio file of various formats, depending on what you select. There are free/open-source DVD authoring applications available; your OS might even come with DVD authoring software.
So, while you can't fully create a DVD with the Adobe trial alone, you can still get there. If you're not seeing the MPEG2-DVD format option in the Export Settings, something is broken. Post back if that's the case.
Colin, my trial version didn't have the DVD MPEG in the drop down either. It appeared after I paid for the upgrade.
Hmm... that's disturbing. That means the page I linked to is showing incorrect information:
The trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 includes all sequence presets, editing modes, and encoders and decoders (codecs) that are included in the full, activated version of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5.
I take "all... encoders" to mean just that--ALL encoders. That includes MPEG2 for DVD or whatever else. If that isn't the case, the lifted trial limitations are a myth, and that page should say so.
Yeah I looked into the encoders information when I was searching for why I didnt have the codec. So maybe its just a glitch or perhaps adobe dont want you to test it out. never mind I'll find a way around it. Thank you all for your help.
Take it easy.
My 3 left feet say the disco's this way ------->>>>>>>
You could export a DV AVI, for example, and encode that in another application. You might be able to find an MPEG2 encoder that has a free trial, or again, an OS built-in DVD authoring application might be able to transcode it for you.
I'm going to try to get Adobe's attention on the trial issue; they need to be specific if things actually aren't included in the trial.
I have this and Mpeg2-DVD option is available in CS5.5 trial, the only possible difference that can be is I have CS5 Serialised version installed my my machine..
Do you have CS5 Installed and licenced on your machine on which you have installed CS5.5 Trial ?
I will try to check this now if this can be the reason why you are not getting this option..
no its the first time trying it outside of college.
its not the cheapest software around.
its ok tho i'll have a look for other authoring software
I just ran a test with de-activated Premiere Pro CS5.5, and I see MPEG-2 DVD as an available export format.
I'll go down to the lab and see if I get the same result with a clean machine---i.e., one that has never had the software on it.
For reference, I was running on a machine (Mac) that had a licensed CS5.0 (5.0.3) and a trial CS5.5. 5.0 had the option, 5.5 didn't. I just used 5.0 until I got the upgrade license. Now it's all there (5.0 has been removed from the machine).
I just went down to the lab and did some test installations of the trial version of Premiere Pro CS5.5 on computers that had never had any Adobe software installed (clean OS images). In all cases, the MPEG-2 DVD format was available for export.
Since more than one person on this thread has had the opposite experience, it's clear that there's a bug somewhere, but I can at least say that for me (and for most folks), the trial version is correctly providing all of the codecs that are in the trial version.
One thing to make sure of is that you have all of the checkboxes checked for all of the components when you do the installation.
Todd, I can verify that before I got my hard copy Premiere Pro CS5.5 that I downloaded the trial and was using it immediately for several weeks doing the MPEG2-DVD output in our PPBM5 benchmark.