best video format for premier cs3 on a mac

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by grinfish, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. grinfish macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009
    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?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    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.
  3. grinfish thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009

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