2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2010
First, I'm a big fan of Final Cut Studio, and have been using it ever since Adobe shelved Premiere for Macintosh. When Adobe announced that they were bringing it back, my first reaction was "so what."
Then I got the most recent version of FCS, and was underwhelmed.
Then I got a camera that saved files in AVCHD, and dealt with log and capture, and FCP's constant choking on that format.
So I got the Suite. It makes me happy, and my work looks great.
-Premiere and Encore handle Photoshop files much more easily than FCS. Need to edit that PSD file? One click and you are there.
-It makes Blu-ray discs. FCS doesn't
-The Interface is not so different from FCP and DVD Studio Pro. The keyboard commands are different, but you can edit most to your liking.
-It takes just about any media you throw at it with no problems, and often with no render time.
-It's 64-bit to take advantage of multi-processor systems
-Encore is easier to use than DVD Studio pro-really.
-Doesn't take advantage of the video processor on some cards, which can lead to some slowness
-I do miss the COLOR application from FCS-but I've read that it can be used in Adobe, I just haven't figured it out yet.
-If there is a way to use other computers as render farms (like FCS) I haven't figured it out yet.
-The online help system is cumbersome - fortunately I didn't need it much.
If you've been doing nonlinear editing for a while, and understand DVD authoring - you'll jump right into this suite with no problems.
Take the time to read up on it if you can...it might save you some time (I overlooked a few good features)
If you're tired of waiting for Apple to get up to speed with FCS (and they may this year) AND you have a multi-core Mac Pro stuffed with RAM - this is the program suite to buy now. I don't regret it. I'm more productive, and the work looks good. I'll take a look at the next FCS, but unless it truly blows me away, I'll stick with Adobe.
Several projects later -
I'm liking it better all the time. I just finished a project that often had up to 15 tracks of video, including AE, Photoshop, and AI files. Plus there were some native files from Apple's (now discontinued) LiveType. The project took a solid month, with many 15-18 hr days. Only one crash the whole time (I think it was caused by having MS Word open, but I can't be sure). I've done similar projects in FCP and had LOTS more problems.
I really like how easy it is to incorporate Layered PSD files into projects - much easier than FCP.
The next version of FCP is supposed to come out in June - Version 5.5 of the Suite comes out at the end of May. I'll be taking a good hard look at both of them, but based on what I've seen so far, it looks like Adobe is going to come out on top, at least for now.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2010
Perfect for any video major. It's got it all, Premiere CS5 is a lot like Final Cut Pro but more reasonably priced and it's got a lot of features Final Cut does NOT have and this was just the free trial I used. After Effects is great,, especially if you're going to be using green screen. Who could ask for more out of this? This package has it all, Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Soundtrack! Yes, folks, it's got it all! I did not get it on this site though i got it on a student discount site. However, this is THE package for you, especially if you're a film major! I can't say anything more!