I have OH so many questions, it's hard to know where to start.
For example, i got The Blues - literally and emotionally.
I'm using CS5.5.0 (from the Master Collection).
On a project i just built (my frist, real paying gig), has sseveral areas where my blackest blacks turn a rather annoying grade of blue. This shows up barely on my preview monitor (internal to Premier) and very dramatically on my external monitor(s) (via a Matrox MXO2). What the hey?!
But more importantly and pressingly, I can't get a good render out of PP. The timeline looks good and plays back smoothly (mostly, sometimes it stutters in a very bizarre way), and I can OCCASIONALLY get a good h.264 to play back on my computer (after a render). But more often than not, the render ends up stuttery in the higher motion areas of the movie. And when I upload that to Vimeo or YouTube, it's so stuttery, it makes me grind my teeth.
My computer should not be the issue (i7 970 w/24BG of RAM, using a nvidia Quadro4000 on a 64bit Win 7 system), but I'm willing to entertain any possibilities.
To Export, I'm going to File>Export Media> then choosing h.264 and I have tried the Vimeo HD preset, the YouTube preset and the HighQuality preset, all to the same basic result - a stuttery video. I finally gave up and rendered a WMV and it's still stuttery! growl! I then REALLY gave up and tried to render and AVI using my old Cineform 6.0 codec and PP done crashed twice on me.
Woe is me.
Other problems encountered in this project (and these I'm convinced are growing pains), embedding an AE project into the PP timeline works great - unless you want to draw from multiple AE projects.
I decded to get fancy and so I used an AE comp in my PP sequence. SWEET! It was a simple enough graphic animation, it played back IN REAL TIME! I was overjoyed!
Then, since I know AE better than I know PP (been using AE for a couple years now, and PP only a few weeks), I decided to do my CC in AE. Wanting to keep my AE projects seperate, I had one project called Anims, and one project called ColorCorrection. I RightClicked on my file(s) to be CC'd and opened them right up in AE. No sweat. Did my do there and Saved the project. Came back into PP and, Hazzah! the files were updated with my new CC. But... horror... my other comps, my Anims, were now OffLine (or Missing Media). What the hey?!?! Finally I just went back and rendered the anims out at Cineform files and bypassed the embedded comps (I apologize if I'm not using correct termonology).
ANOTHER issue I encountered was in sweetening my audio: I RightClicked and choose Edit Clip in Adobe Audition. Worked just like it would if I were using Sony Vegas (which is where I'm coming from)(and FCP too). However, my problems started when i went back to edit on that same file. PP (or Audition) started ANOTHER file! Bugger! i don't want 2 files. I want one. So I deleted that new file and decided to just Open the "old" new file in Audition directly. I did my Noise Reduction and whatever else and Saved that file, but that didn't update in PP. eh?!? Same file, no update?!
Truly, I'm passing most of this off as Newb Errors - as i say, Growing Pains.
Any and all advice will be most welcome and appreciated. I'm almost 50 now and this learning new stuff isn't what it used to be... ;-)
Thanks very much to all who read this far. You're a trooper.