Posts Tagged ‘ Premiere Pro

Nvidia quadro 4000 (mac version) – £73 off normal retail price

I’ve been using Adobe’s Premiere Pro CS5 a lot recently and the app is starting to grow on me, so much so that I’ve decided to invest in a new graphics card that should be able to to provide GPU processing for the Mercury Playback Engine. If all this sounds like gobbledygook then read my explanation here.

I’ve decided to go for one of the new Nvidia Quadro 4000 cards for the mac. These cards are listed on the UK apple store for £799. I’ve been in contact with Jigsaw systems in the UK who I purchase a lot of my kit from and they have offered a price of £726 for a (brown box) version of the card which is basically the same product without the flashy packaging.

I’ve spoken to my account manager at Jigsaw and he’s prepared to offer the same price to any readers of my blog so if you’re interested in buying one call Tim Bridger on +44 (0) 115 916 55 36 and tell him you’ve seen the price here.

The card is expected to arrive around Dec 17th and I’ll be writing a full review once I have it installed.

More Premiere Pro CS5 trials

After watching Chris Fenwicks presentation about the benefits of Premiere Pro over Final Cut I felt inspired to give adobe’s NLE another look and run a few more tests for myself.

After spending a few hours trying various things I ended up with a lot of questions and made some discoveries which might be of interest…

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Playing with Premiere Pro CS5


Over the last few days I’ve been giving the 30 day demo of Adobe’s Premiere Pro CS5 a few workouts and I have to admit to being very impressed. The 30 day demo doesn’t come with many codecs so I could only work in DVCPRO HD sequences but that just made things even more interesting.

In Final Cut Pro if I create a similar sequence and then drag in some DSLR source clips things immediately become unresponsive. The timeline needs rendering and my mac struggles to play the sequence back. Adding any kind of transition or effect makes things a lot worse with rendering required at every stage.

Premiere Pro however handled the native DSLR footage with ease. I did a quick edit, dropped in some cross fades, applied some 3-way colour correction and a bit of blur here and there and not once did I have to render anything in order to watch it play back smoothly. Very impressive!

I must admit to being very tempted to splash out on a license but changing NLE’s is a very tough thing when you’ve gotten used to a specific workflow and I feel very at home with Final Cut. Seeing what Adobe has achieved just heightens my frustration with Apple for their apparent lack of advancement of the Pro apps and I’m definitely not going to keep plodding away in Final Cut for long knowing the competition is so far ahead.