I have Premiere Pro CS5 and am switching from my old miniDV camcorder to a new AVCHD format camcorder. I'm used to capturing footage directly from my old tape camcorder, but am not familiar with the process of working with files on a flash card. Will I be able to transfer and edit the video files as easily--and hopefully faster--as compared to the capture from tape? Please advise before I invest in the new camcorder. I'm obviously new to this process so any advice will be appreciated. Thank you.
Going from DV to tapeless is sort of a two steps forward, but one step backwards scenario.
The normal process is to copy the entire contents of the card over to your hard drive, and then use the Media Browser feature of Premiere Pro to import those files. This is usually much faster than the real time process of capturing. You also don't have to deal with tape errors, so those are the two steps forward.
But the one step backwards is that once the card is transferred over, you really need to leave it alone. You won't be able to rename, move or otherwise 'manage' the video clips as you could with DV. You leave everything in the top level PRIVATE folder untouched. Changing or deleting things in there could potentially cause issues with PP when it comes time to edit.
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Thanks to you and Jim for your excellent feedback. Since this is like learning a new language for me, I just want to verify a couple of things:
1. The "transferring and importing files" link you provided indicates that CS5 supports "M4V (MPEG-4 Video File).
I'm looking at purchasing the Panasonic AG-AC130A camcorder and its spec sheet indicates that the video compression is "MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)." Am I correct in assuming that M4V to Premiere Pro is the same as MPEG-4 to Panasonic? Another forum suggests that they are if I am reading it correctly -- http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=62723
2. The next question involves the debate -- 1080p/30fps versus 720p/60fps
I will primarily use the camera for shooting (1) lecture-based training videos with layered text graphics for emphasis, and (2) youth hockey games. While the opinions abound on the net, it appears that 1080p/30fps would be best for the lecture videos since there will not be a lot of movement in the sequences, and 720p/60fps is best for the hockey games due to fast movement of the players and fast panning. The camcorders in my budget do not shoot 1080p/60. While the camcorder does support 1080i/60, everything I've read online says not to use it.
Am I on the right path with these thoughts?
30p is an oddball format with very little support. I generally recommend not using it for anything. If you want to shoot at 30 fps, shoot interlaced, which is the norm for this frame rate. If you don't want interlaced, then shoot 60p or 24p.