best video format for premier cs3 on a mac

grinfish

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Nov 24, 2009
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Hi. hope someone can help me.
I have a lot of .mpg files i need to convert and edit in adobe premier cs3(mac).
what is the best file format to convert to?
avi, mpeg, mov, dv... etc?
thanks!
 

spinnerlys

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Sep 7, 2008
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forlod bygningen
Depends on the physical resolution of the clips.

Also consider that .avi, .mov and .mpg are only file formats, meaning they are a container for video and audio encoded with different codecs like Xvid, H264, ProRes, MPEG-2, ....

I would go with .mov encoded with the Apple DV codec, or with .dv, which is obviously the DV codec.
Also know that using the DV codec will take 3.125MB/s to store the video, but it will be better for editing as highly compressed video using Xvid/Divx or H264 or .... is not suited for editing, only for distribution.
 

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