I’m in the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” cateogry. CS3’s been working stellar for me so when CS4 came out I couldn’t quite add up all the new cool features to equal an upgrade.
The “killer” for me is Dynamic Link. It’s what’ll keep me on Adobe for a while. I love it, I can’t say enough about it. It saves me crazy amounts of time and rendering. I can do all my work in AE real time and have my changes show up again in real time in my Premiere timeline. The biggest pain in my butt though, the missing link was not being able to link my Pr sequence in AE. How I’ve wanted that feature.
Now I get it. Why they never mentioned it is beyond me!
From Adobe blog post on Red:
Working with Premiere Pro via Dynamic Link
Dynamic Link allows content from one application to be shared with another without exporting intermediate files. Edits and other changes are automatically updated across applications.
You can use a Premiere Pro sequence as footage in After Effects. In After Effects, choose the File > Dynamic Link menu command. In After Effects, you’ll get a single linked clip that represents the duration of your Premiere sequence, but you won’t see all your individual cuts and clips (you still can access these in Premiere and continue
editing there, and they’ll be updated in After Effects). Premiere Pro sends a complete frame with all effects, transitions, etc…nothing is lost.
Another advantage to using a Dynamic Link from Premiere Pro to After Effects is that you can then use After Effect’s render queue to export to a wide variety of image sequences and formats: 4k, 2k, extended color range DPX, 16-bit Tiff, TGA, etc.. Initial tests have shown this option to be faster and more robust than using Adobe Media Encoder. This workflow is pretty straightforward—complete your edit in Premiere, then as a last step, import the sequence into After Effects, add to render queue