Update: Premiere Pro & AVC HD revisited – a list of solutions
AVC HD has been a topic that has dominated a previous post
where the comments are really the topic as opposed to the topic itself. This post has driven a large portion of my overall traffic, which has been humbling as I’d like to see more of it go to
my tutorials and content (hint, hint, sniffle.)… Of course, I dig getting people on the site at all, so what they hey – hit me wherever! 😉
Gosh, haven’t left the first paragraph and I’m already digressing…Lets see, ah yes AVC HD.
So, Adobe.com has recently posted a list of AVC HD solutions that are compatible with Premiere Pro CS3 and Premiere Elements 4 (PC only). Many of these have been mentioned during the course of the previous thread, but I had promised to compile all of them and post them. A serious hat tip goes to Nick Lusty who pointed this link out to me. While I’d like to say that I should have known this was there, you only have to wander among the Adobe.com site a while to realize there are thousands of pages…and that’s only the part that you see!
Here’s the link: AVC HD solutions and workarounds Give it a read and then you can read below for my comments.
BMD Intensity Pro cards: I’m glad that they recommend this one as I do since it is an affordable I/O solution that gives you abilities beyond just AVC HD. It’s also cross platform.
Shedworx; Haven’t seen it, but it looks like an affordable transcoding solution.
Main Concept: Oh how long ago, did I mention this? Who would have thought the thread would still be going? It’s still a viable solution, though compared to the BMD, it is a bit pricey…
Sony Solution: This is one that I would have loved to have mentioned before, but never felt comfortable about it. Sony has long been a customer who bundles Premiere Pro with some of their VAIO configurations and so, they provide a solution for PC owners. Now, if only they would sell the plugins separately!
Panasonic: I think I’m kind of bummed at these guys. I think they updated the download version so that 1.2 only works with Panasonic cameras and not anyone elses… Lame… However, the solution is FREE and quality is great, so if it fits your scenario, I’d go for this one.
Canopus: I just came across this one last week as I was looking at ProCoder again. It would be great if it could transcode to a higher res format that isn’t Canopus, but still, it is a very good transcoder that you can use to create final outputs from Premiere Pro to other deliverable formats minus Flash 8/9. So, while it’s not perfect, I do think its a decent choice.
Elecard: This is another pretty affordable solution and one that some readers have embraced. It’s definitely worth a look.
Pinnacle Studio 11: Being a former Pinnacle person, I’m rather torn. I’m a loyal guy, even to former companies, but I’ve not been satisfied with Pinnacle stability. If you’ve got Pinnacle Studio 11, then I say go for it. As an aside, if you get a version working well with your given system, don’t update it – stay with what works!
TMPEG: Another transcoding solution and a bit more expensive ($99), but it’s been around the block and is supported by a host of video encoding enthusiasts (read, DVD rippers), so it’s also worth a look.
iMovie: This is the other big one that I want to talk about. Many Mac people already have iMovie or iLife, but don’t know that you can edit the captured footage in Premiere Pro. You can capture in iMovie and then bring it into Premiere Pro CS3 and edit away. Of course, you’ll have to create a preset that uses the Apple Intermediate Codec with Premiere Pro but it is a piece of cake to do. So, this is a great (and possibly free) method for Mac users to get AVC HD going with Premiere Pro.
So, there you have it – a compendium of AVC HD solutions. It shows both Mac and PC solutions as well as solutions that work with Premiere Elements. It has free solutions, inexpensive solutions, hardware and software solutions. Did I miss anything? Probably. Are there other solutions out there that aren’t listed? Again – probably. Still, this should present you a single point source that can help you evaluate what you want and need to do if you’re editing AVC HD now and want to use Premiere Pro. Have at it.