April 10, 2015 at 4:20PM


Is Premiere Pro CS3 too old?

Realistically, is it feasible to be working on Premiere Pro CS3?

As a bit of background, I work as a Graphic Designer, and with Photoshop you could use a 10 year old copy and you'd be just fine. It wouldn't have all the fancy extras but the bare bones is still there and it's still good, and you could still learn with it.
I'm looking to start making some no-budget short films for the web, and eventually progress up to making a no-budget movie. I'm shooting test footage in 1080p and teaching myself editing and post-production right now. CS3 can edit and it's got three way colour correction; I'm not sure I really need or want to do much more than that right now, so it seems like a good place to start. I know I'm probably going to want to shell out on Magic Bullet Looks and/or Film when I'm more advanced.

I'm worried about codecs and rendering; mainly because I'm having a hard time figuring this stuff out and there aren't presets for 1080p so I've got to use custom options. It's taking me 2 hours to render 1 minute of 1080p footage. Plus, I'm shooting footage on a Nikon D5300, when I'm done the file is 200mb, I transcode the footage using Brorsoft Video Converter (anyone know of a free option?) before editing and it's 100mb, and when I've saved the footage after altering it in Premier it's 880mb, and I think the footage looks grainier than it did before. I'm sure a lot of this is caused by my inexperience, but I wanted to ask some experienced users if the old software might be more of a hindrance than a help.

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CS3 was a great tool!
It still is, but it doesn't support all codecs and newer version are just better :-p . The Nikon is not as old as CS3, so the codec might not be supported properly.
One other thing is that especially H.264 files need CPU power. So the hindrance can be the software plus the hardware, in case you are using an old computer as well...

May 11, 2015 at 1:03PM

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