I'm dealing with some footage from a consumer camcorder in AVCHD, but Premiere CS3 refuses to
I have looked for converters on Google and tried five different converters. They all produced horrible results.
Does anyone have a converter that they recommend that does a lossless conversion to something like Quicktime or XDCam format?
Quicktime is just a file format, not a video format. It can contain many different kind of video.
Like AVCHD, XDCAM is also a lossy format.
I personally would recommend upgrading to CS5, which can handle the footage natively.
Neoscene looks pretty good.. is it a plugin or standalone?
Jim, our quad core machines didn't have enough power to run CS4 when we upgraded in Dec 2008, so we had to roll back to CS3 (CS4 would only stutter and halt). CS5 is, I believe, a Windows 7 application, and we're running XP, which is finely-tuned after years of getting to know the OS and the memory management entries in the Registry. CS5 will have to wait until we get a 16-core system and Win 7 64-bit, maybe in 3 more years.
our quad core machines didn't have enough power to run CS4
That I find veeeeery difficult to believe. Were it not you, the first thing I'd point to is Operator Error.
I've had no problems editing the stuff with my i7 using CS4.