I did some speed tests today to determine which was the quickest ingest method, and while Prelude seems to have performed much better this time around, it still was not as fast as P2 Viewer via USB (albeit barely).
I tested each method with the same clip.
Clip Length: 01:05;15
File Size: 968.6 MB
Test 1 - Firewire (HVX200 to Mac Snow Leopard
Copy & Paste: 00:01:45
P2CMS ingest: 00:01:50
Adobe Prelude: 00:01:36
Test 2 - USB (HVX200 to Windows Vista 64bit)
Copy & Paste: 00:01:20
P2 Viewer: 00:00:35
Adobe Prelude: 00:00:38
All in all, it seems that P2 Viewer via USB is still the faster direct-from-camera ingest method.
As far as my earlier complaints about Prelude's ingest speed, I have noticed after my testing that the progress bar seems to hang for a while between 1% - 4% and then goes from 5 to 100 almost instantly. Perhaps this caused the process to only seem as though it took longer than it did.
Is there a fix in the works to get the status bar to accuarately reflect the ingest status?
I believe USB 2.0 is only what 480Mb/s so that is 0.05859375 GB/s which in my case on my Windows 7 Box Prelude and P2 Viewer and Explorer copy and paste is all the same speed. I haven't noticed any speed differences.
Now I do use the USB 2.0 P2 Single Card Reader. I would like to get the USB 3.0 since that offers 5Gb/s.
Movie Geek, I can't say when we'll be able to address the progress bar issue you described. You can help by submitting a bug at http://adobe.com/go/wish (Prelude is not listed yet so please choose Production Premium) Please provide as much detail as possible, this will help us a great deal.
I'm glad to hear that overall the speed of Prelude is on par with other copying methods, we just need to address the progress bar perception problem.