Friday, March 14, 2014

Adobe Premiere 5.1 gotchas

I'm using our old copy of Premiere 5.1 to put together the Cosmic Architecture of the Universe show. For the last few days, did not have any issues to speak of. Suddenly, it failed to start today, and complained of not enough RAM. This discussion led me to start Firefox and log in to GMail before starting Premiere, that used up sufficient RAM to reduce free RAM to less than 2 GB, making Premiere start up!

Another issue was with transitions from XVID video to still frame and vice versa - they were making the output frame blank. Other manipulations like frame hold also had this issue. Tried with H.264 codec also, that also had the problem. But Huffyuv encoded videos are fine, they are able to handle transitions and cuts without problems. Only problem with them is file size. Exceeding 2 GB causes other issues, crashes! Legacy VFW libraries are limited to 2GB etc. So, short clips of Huffyuv where transitions are required, XVID where no transitions are required. 

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