I know that many Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 users already upgraded to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. However, due to the high demands of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 in system requirements, I know that there are still some who would rather use Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. Aside from that, those who are still using a 32 bit operating system cannot of course upgrade yet to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.
I’ve been following every upgrade of Adobe Premiere and there has been some major changes in Adobe Premiere CS4. One of which is the exporting. Since then, the exporting is just done inside the Premiere project itself. In Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 however, they included Adobe Media Encoder. So when you export a finished output, it will add it to a render queue in Adobe Media Encoder. The good thing is, you can edit while exporting at the same time.
Another big change that happened in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 is the individual take audio and take video in the source monitor panel. In lower versions, we were making our own keyboard shortcuts in order to set that to take video alone, audio alone, or both. Well for now, we don’t have to do that anymore. It’s just a matter of either clicking and dragging the take audio or take video icon to place a clip in the timeline. This is a good change though I admit, it’s a bit of a hassle on my part who has been used to my old ways of taking audio and video from the source monitor. That’s normal though and it’s not a big problem since I trained my hands to do it anyway.
The most exciting feature I think for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 is the speech recognition. You can type a word and the software will look into that word that is used in a video clip. It’s not yet that accurate though but that is already great for me. There are times that it is really hard to find a certain spiel said by the host or a character in a video clip and this is a great time saver.
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 also comes with Adobe OnLocation that was introduced in CS3 version and it solves the compatibility problem with mac. OnLocation is useful in monitoring, capturing, and logging videos while you are shooting.
And speaking of compatibility, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 supports tapeless media such as P2, AVCHD, XDCAM EX, and XDCAM HD. You can even import a Final Cut and Avid project into Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. This is great in transferring those kinds of video project into Premiere.
One of our laptop is still using Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and it is still very useful. The operating system of that laptop is still 32 bit so we cannot still install Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 is also cheaper so it is still a good choice for me.
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