Adobe CS3 vs CS5

I have finally made the switch to Adobe CS5. I used adobe CS3 for almost three years now, and let me tell you, I love the adobe suites. It does everything and more that you could ever ask of it. So naturally, I was very reluctant to spend any money upgrading to CS5. I had done a post a long while back trying to ask you guys and gals what the real necessity was in upgrading; asking what would make it worth my while to upgrade. Now that I have worked with CS5 for a while, I have made a short list of a few of the benefits of CS5 over CS3 that I find makes CS5 a worthwhile update from CS3.

First of all, let me say that I am dealing with the Adobe CS5 production premium suite. That means, what I state here deals specifically with Premiere production programs (ex: Premiere, After Effects, Sound Booth, Photoshop, Illustrator, Encore…). Let me also say that I am using a Mac Pro Quad-Core 2.66 with Raided Drives, 13 gigs of ram, and an ATI Radeon x1900.

1. 64-bit infrastructure. The 64 bit infrastructure alone has made it worth the upgrade. The programs work much faster and much more efficiently. One file that I constantly use use to take a good minute to open (Premiere file with lots of 1080p footage), it now only takes a matter of 10-15 seconds. Another good example is Trapcode’s Particular effect, which now renders incredibly faster than before in AfterEffects.

2. Batch Media Encoding Through Adobe Media Encoder. For a person who does multiple videos in one day, this is a HUGE time saver. Before, in CS3 you could only render one video at a time. This is not efficient for a workplace environment. Now with batch encoding, I can set all of my videos to encode (all with the same or different settings) after I leave for work. That means as long as my video is not due by the end of the work day, I can set all of my videos to render while I am at home, saving all of that render time at work to accomplish more.

3. Sequence Settings. In Premiere CS3, you are only allowed to have one sequence setting within any given project. For any series video person that has to take the same video and make multiple videos with different frame rates, sizes, or standards, this is a huge hassle. To be able to over come this, you have to make different project files for each setting. Now, with Premiere CS5, you can have any number of different sequence settings all within the same project file. This means less wait time in opening different projects, less files to organize on your hard drive, and less hair being pulled from my head. :)

Those three reasons alone are worth the upgrade. I can not express to you the amount of time and energy I have saved off of these three changes from Adobe CS3 to Adobe CS5. It’s definitely worth it.

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