9 Replies Latest reply on Jan 21, 2012 1:01 PM by John Dorschner

    Buying advice -- will my iMac work and do I really need suite for Premiere?

    John Dorschner

      I’m thinking of buying Premiere Pro CS 5.5. I am a long-time print journalist, looking to get into doing some basic documentaries. I’ve decided the Canon XF100 fits my budget and requirements. I have been using Final Cut Express and dreamed of upgrading to Final Cut Pro, but I hear all sorts of bad things about FCPX and it looks like X does not support the Canon MXL file format. So questions:

      1 – Premiere supports MXL, right?

      • 2 – It looks like I would have to get a new Mac. Would this iMac run Premiere properly: 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 with Memory 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB  and AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1GB GDDR5? (I don’t think I need super-fast GPU speed, just steady production.)
      • 3 – Do I need the suite with After Effects and Audition? I’m not looking for a lot of fancy bells and whistles, but some basics like sound massage, such as removing hum from audio. Would Premiere do that without Audition, After Effects? In other words, how much is built into basic Premiere?

      All advice greatly appreciated.

      -- John Dorschner, Miami