CS3 vs. CS4

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Dwij, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Dwij

    Dwij Guest

    Hey guys,

    I was wondering, what version of Creative Suite (CS) do you currently
    use and are you upgrading to CS4. Are there any alternatives to CS4
    that you have tried and what do you think about them?

    I am currently looking into buying this software and want to know
    which version to get (there are some used CS3 versions available).

    Also it will be helpful to know, if someone is on CS3, what's the
    learning curve to fully get comfortable with CS4. It will really help
    me decide what to get. Thanks for your help!

    - D
    Dwij, Feb 2, 2009
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  2. You don't say what format video (Mini-DV, HDV, AVCHD, etc.)
    you are going to edit. If you stay with Mini-DV, I think the cheap
    Premiere Elements 4 is hard to beat, but it (and the expensive
    versions) did not have "smart rendering", an almost essential feature
    for editing HDV since without it, ALL footage on the timeline is
    recompressed (and damaged) and there is no resultant file and
    way to use it in the future for easy export of the video back to the
    camcorder. You may want to look into Sony Vegas Platinum
    Edition 9 (cheap and good for most things), Sony Vegas Pro 8
    (with more features but much more expensive), or, for simple
    things, Ulead VideoStudio (cheap, limited, and with a terrible
    interface - and I hate that program, but if you get into it, you may
    get along with it). BTW, likely all editing software programs have
    30-day downloadable trial versions available. Also BTW, I review
    some programs here (with the very good, good, bad, and ugly
    revealed...;-), at - www.donferrario.com/ruether/hdv-editing.htm
    David Ruether, Feb 2, 2009
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  3. Um, that should have been, "Sony Vegas *Platinum* Edition 9"...
    David Ruether, Feb 2, 2009
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