Re: after effects vs. motion
Yes I would tend to agree with Mark above.
I used Premiere Pro since its inception to number 2.0. I liked it was fast, easy to work with. I think it's perfect for wedding jobs.
I switched to Final Cut Pro (suite) about two years ago. The main reason was because I could not keep the PC running.
I spent more time technical supporting my high-end PC than I did doing any work!
My PC spent more time in the shop then it did in front of me! I had that PC setup from scratch for video editing. It had lots of RAM, killer graphics card, dual processors etc. but I couldn't keep it running! I don't know if it was combination of premiere Pro and the PC, or just my luck but if it wasn't getting the virus, it was getting some other error message coming back.
I started to notice that all my questions on the Adobe forum were technical questions and not really about the software!
But lots of people were getting the same error message is coming back!
Finally I sold the two year old machine for less than half of what I had invested in it and the SAME DAY, I bought a G5 Mac + 3.5 GB of RAM.
Now I do all my video work on that, but I still have a regular PC only because of one application that appears to work better on a PC than on a Mac which I'm using right now "Dragon dictation" -- I love this application -- you simply talk and it types faster than you can talk!
It's about 90% accurate, never make spelling mistakes although sometimes it substitutes the wrong word.
Mac has something similar but anyone I have spoke to, even Mac dealers told me that it is not something you would be happy with. So I simply keep the two separate. Video work goes on the Mac and day-to-day work goes on the PC
Of course you can run both on one machine "virtually" but I don't like that idea because that means that a virus could infect the virtual PC inside the Mac which might render them both in the shop!
The G5 is a beautiful machine with its futuristic looks and liquid cooling! It's really quiet and Mac's simply don't get viruses!
On my regular PC however I will say that I switched the virus protection to AGV antivirus protection and it's been running very well with maybe one or two exceptions -- far less than the four when I was using Trend Micro antivirus software.
Not only was AGV free but it works better than a subscription to the trend micro which is about $80 a year.
Trend micro actually directed me to a site to clean my machine but when I got to site, their own software told me not to open the site because it was known for viruses! But since I was talking to them on the phone and they were advising the step-by-step, I opened the site anyway at which point the entire PC locked up and there was no way to turn it on or off I had to pull the cord and take it to the shop and reformat the entire drive!
Prior to that they actually tried to send me a patch and again their own software said don't open the attachment because it has a virus!
The free AGV has worked 90% effectively for my regular PC.
[As you can see with Dragon dictation you tend to write a lot more]
In the last year however apparently Adobe has released a Mac version of Premiere Pro.
Maybe the combination of Mac and Premiere Pro would make a nice combination
But you really can't go wrong with Final Cut Pro suite. It's a one-time investment but this week comes with everything you need including Motion and Shake.
Another thing I'm finding out about Shake for instance is that although you start to learn how the program works, still doesn't make you an artist!
At this point, after spending hours on tutorials, I figured out the basics of Shake (advanced composites program used in the making of King Kong)
But just learning the basics is far from being able to make it sing like an artist which is where I'm trying to go with it now.