I just exchanged emails with a creative individual named Sunny Thaper. Sunny was attempting to use our trial version of Production Premium with his Canon HV30 camcorder, and ran into some difficulty.
The difficulty, unfortunately, was on our side, and I want to bring this to everyone’s attention in case others have run into this. There’s a small notice on the trial download site that often gets overlooked:
“The trial versions of Adobe After Effects CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and Soundbooth CS4 do not include some features that depend on software licensed from parties other than Adobe. For example, some codecs for encoding MPEG formats are available only with the full version of these products. HDV, XDCAM, and AVCHD formats and sequence presets are not supported in the trial for both Mac OS and Windows®. Adobe Media Encoder export does not include MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 DVD, or MPEG-2 Blu-ray as export formats in the trial. The file importer does not recognize file types that are not included in trial mode (such as MPEG and XDCAM files). HDV is not included as a capture format in the Mac OS version of the trial.”
What does this mean? Unfortunately, many of the codecs that are included in the full versions of the program are NOT INCLUDED with the trial version. This is due to licensing issues – these codecs are licensed from other companies, and those companies do not allow us to distribute them freely with the trial versions of our software.
If you are trying to evaluate any of these formats:
You will NOT be able to use the trial version of Production Premium to do so. Those codecs and timeline sequence presets don’t even show up in the trial version of the software. I would recommend going to an authorized Adobe dealer and getting some time there with the full version of the software.
This is an unfortunate situation to be in, and Adobe is looking into ways we can enable customers to get a better trial experience. Many other NLE makers no longer supply trial versions because of these licensing issues. However, Adobe has been committed to keeping a trial version available.