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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

PREMIERE PRO 2

We were using premiere 1.5 for some time even when Cineform insisted we upgrade to V2 for best performance with Cineform RAW. We began testing Pro 2 with a demo version and have just upgraded. The test results were varied and there are definately issues with the entire work flow. But nothing that will actually get in our way and as we settle in I think most should dissapear or we'll find a work around.

The biggest problems overall seem to be caused by large projects which produce a memory bottleneck. Also there appear to be some issues with Premiere and other apps on the PC. For example. If mid way through an edit you browse your folders in explorer and and play source files in media player (we use media player classic but all players produce the same result) after a while premiere will slow down. A lot. I waited 12 minutes once for it to resolve whatever it was doing. It seems to be a page file swap but there is no indication in the tasks that memory is used up or low. My project could be consuming between 150MB and 700MB and the same could happen. This may be caused by XP but I don't think so. Memmory is being swapped somewhere but no ones telling. In task manager everything is just fine!!

Aside from that we have had a fairly solid test phase with an average of around 3 crashes a day in premiere. The file recovery has worked very well and we have only really lost data due to network issues and other areas of our worlkflow that we are tweaking. It would be nice if the edit software was less memory intensive. Right now we plan only to edit groups of scenes (2-3) at a time and then assemble those seperately. There seems little chance of assembling an entire film on one timeline and while that seems silly, with hundreds of hours of source footage we might be thankful of that fact.

Once we get into the thick of editing I am sure there will be more to comment on but right now we are only just getting going and we have many other workflow issues which are giving us bigger headaches - like network media sharing and serving.

6 Comments:

  • What is the configuration of your editing workstation? Also what is your network configuration - Gigabit ethernet?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 AM  

  • Simon,

    I think I now understand your page swap issue with explorer. Solution in a day or so.

    David Newman
    CTO, CineForm

    By Blogger David, at 4:59 PM  

  • Thanks David, That's cool if there is something that can be done.

    Anonymous, our configuration is a Wafian. Intel machine with dual cor e proc's. 2gb ram. Good network cards. XP. Same machines we used on the shoot. We hope to have two running properly off the server, though we expect more are possible. At the moment we are using direct connections for editing and we are teaming (aggregate linking) two nic pairs. One pair to each suite. Jason Rodrigues suggested using iscsi for the connection to increase data rate. We are playing with that at the moment.

    By Blogger simon, at 1:24 PM  

  • Any feedback on your Premiere Pro experience. Could you by any chance give us your complete Premier Pro work flow, problems encountered and final workarounds you used to complete the project

    Thanks
    James

    By Anonymous James Sutherland, at 4:42 PM  

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    By Anonymous Wow Gold, at 6:54 AM  

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    By Anonymous Wow Gold, at 6:54 AM  

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