I'm using Snow Leopard 10.6.1 on a Mac Pro 8 core Nehalem 2.93GHz with 6GB RAM. After importing the Adobe sample MXF file I cannot get it to playback realtime. Shouldn't a 1162x772 MXF file be able to playback realtime on my system?
I would like any help on how to setup the Premiere Pro 4.1 project for these files.
If you right-click on the footage and select "Interpret Footage" in the context menu, you can set a FPS number to override the file's value. Start small, say 4 fps, and see how playback looks. On the system you specified, I think you may be able to get ~6 fps on footage that size.
Alternatively, if you have After Effects, it will play back as fast as it can, and display the actual fps. This will give you an idea what performance the importer can achieve on a particular system with a given file.
This works great at 10fps. Shouldn't the duration be longer when the fps is switched low? It does say a longer duration in the interpret footage panel but when dropped in the timeline its miniscule.. just a single line. I was able to get decent fps with the interpret footage set to 10... anything higher and the timeline problem kicks in.