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1. PR supports the Canon formats.
2. Not saying it is impossible, but the iMAC is way overpriced and not suitable for editing, because it does not meet minimum requirements and there are no upgrade paths available, unless you have very deep pockets and get all the required Thunderbolt components needed, like extra disks, a Quadro 4000 card, BR burner, etc. In addition, the i5 is absolute bare minimum in processing power but at absolute maximum Apple prices. Add the limited memory, that really should be doubled, and you make a huge investment in Apple stuff, where you could have a better performing PC system for about a quarter of the price.
3. Why not get the trial version and see if you need anything more for your workflow? Remember that buying an application now and another in the future means you will miss all Dynamic Link capabilities, since that is an exclusive feature of the Suite.
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Can't comment on Mac... but for Windows...
Some ideas for a Laptop Video Editing PC from past discussions
-NOTE only 1 hard drive in above, so you will need to add a 2nd drive or use eSata for
-or Google "ASUS G74SX-BBK7" (without the quote "" marks)
For effective HD video editing, a laptop with the following
-the newer Intel sandy bridge 2720 or 2820 quad processor
-and nvidia graphics preferably the 460m, 485m is a bit much
-1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card
-and 8 or 16 gig ram and Win7 64bit Pro
-and 2 internal 7200 HDDs minimum
Thanks for advice. What Intel chip, RAM, graphics card would you recommend with Windows for Premiere?
oops saw your post after querie to previous one ... thanks for advice... i already have two external hard drives...
hi there, I'm the same as you. Used Final cut express until I could not stand it's limitations and struggles with burning DVDs. I did lots of research and bit the bullet to buy Adobe PPO & Encore package. I'm so glad. Even tho the commands are not intuitive and there is a learning curve, I'm glad. the internet is SO loaded with tutorials it will make your head spin.
And, I have had this iMac configuration for 2 years:
Processor : Intel Core i5
Speed: 2.66 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 8 MB
Memory: 8 GB
disk: 1TB internal 7200 rpm disk.
I use a Canon XH-a1s, so my editing is using HDV footage with no issues. I bought the PPO & Encore package. I recently imported some AVCHD footage from another camera and experienced noticable performance lag on the timeline and playback. Not saying it was impossible, but there is a huge diff.
My advice would be if you are going to get an iMac, get the max memory right away. I've gotten by without an external disk; BUT when my internal disk gets 3/4 full, my performance degrades, and I am able to delete files to control it.
My advice on the Adobe packages; buy the top package that contains all the apps. Even if you don't think you will need them now, as time goes by you'll find out there are things you learn along the way that you would like to do and you will now have to buy the app afterwards when it's not in your package. the one I ran into was After Effects.
And, lastly, with Encore, they restrict you to use Photoshop to edit your menu's. I don't do any fancy menus at all so I use Photoshop Elements 10. It's absolutey fine for my uses.
For you question, regarding the Production suite, the nicest aspect, besides getting all the programs at a "bundled price," is that one gets Adobe Dynamic Link (ADL), between most of the programs. That can be a major blessing, and workflow enhancer.
PrPro can do a lot, regarding Audio, but Audition takes things to a "whole new level," and has many neat Effects, such as Transient Repair, that make it very, very useful, especially when doing documentary work, where the recording of Audio might not be up to studio standards, with all the controls.
After Effects offers a lot of compositing and animation capabilities, that, while possible in PrPro, allow so much more control, and ease of use.
For me, Audition would be a given, and After Effects a real enhancement.
Good luck, and it appears that you have gotten some good advice on equipment.
Harm, my Core I5 2500 has Swagger, I've been very pleased. I shifted my budget for getting 16gb Ram and a GTX 560Ti. CS 5.5 runs beautifully.
John, Harm is right about an Imac for Premiere, they have no optimum configuration for Premiere. For the money you would spend on a high-end Imac, you could get a Mac mini for those Macish things you like, and a properly configured PC built to run CS 5.x optimally.
thank you everybody for all advice....