I have several unfinished video projects, no more than 20 minutes in length each, that I created using Adobe Premiere version 6.1 and a contemporaneous version of Flash on a Power Macintosh G4 running Mac OS 9.2 in the late 1990s. For various unimportant reasons, I shot all the footage, created animations (in Flash), and recorded all the audio I needed for each of these projects, and started the painstaking process of cutting them into finished videos, but I never finished any of them.
I'd like to pick up where I left off with those projects, but the computer is on its last legs, so I can't just boot it up and expect that it will reliably allow me to finish. Is there a currently available video production program, not necessarily the current version of Premiere, that can read these project files? I have access to modern OS X, Windows 8, and Linux machines, so OS compatibility is not a restriction.
To be absolutely clear, I am not looking for a program that can import an all-in-one finished video (I know those are easy to find and the only question is "what format?"). I want to import what Premiere calls a "project file"--video and audio clips, with effects applied, assembled on a timeline, capable of being exported as a finished video by a sort of "mixdown" process, but also still capable of being edited arbitrarily.
Also, the conversion process doesn't need to be two-way--once I import the projects I am fine with having to finish them in the new software exclusively (the G4 as I said is ready for retirement).
I realize that I could probably take the raw video and audio files that I used to build each project and recreate the work-in-progress that I created in Premiere 6 in the new program, but this would be a huge undertaking that I'd like to avoid if possible. In some places, for example, I have half a dozen video tracks and an equal number of audio tracks that I have painstakingly cut together and applied effects to. It would be like the difference between doing finish carpentry on a roughed-out house that has sat half-completed for a while, versus rebuilding the same house from the foundation up given the architect's sketches and a pile of lumber.