Any standard format should work fine. The Help file will probably have a list.
I have a Canon Vixia which produces AVCHD.MTS files that work really well in CS5... on Windows, so I don't know how that translates to Mac
John and Jim,
Thanks for the replies. The camcorder we have in mind is the Canon Vixia HF G10. One of the reviewers of that camera mentioned that they have no problem editing the files on a Mac. They didn't say which editing program they are using, but I'm taking their comment in a positive way. I think we'll be pulling the trigger on the G10 later today and once I've had a chance to try to import and edit the video in Premier Pro, I'll post the results.
JIm: which help file are you refering to in your reply?
Thanks, Ann, that link looks like it will be very useful. I'm going to start digging into it right now.
I have the G10 (I love it), and I have edited video on a WIN 7 desktop (CS5 & CS6) and a MacBook Air (CS6). No problems, though the MBA is for on-site, quick vacation edits, as you can imagine.
Captain Buddy, Ann, John and Jim,
Thanks again for all the advice. I received the Canon G10 yesterday and have been taking all kinds of stupid short clips around the house and in the yard. This is mostly to check out all the features and to determine how well the video works with Premier Pro. Here are a couple of observations and questions:
1. The camera is great! It takes fantastic video (but I'm probably still to0 much of a novice to make a real critical assessment.)
2. On page 45 of the User's Manual, Selecting the Frame Rate, it gives four possible FRs:
60i shooting at 60 fps interlaced. Standard NTSC analog TV
PF30 shooting at 30 fps progressive. Use this frame rate to easily edit your recordings, e.g. Web posting.
PF24 shooting at 24 fps progressive. Using this frame rate will give you recordings a 'cinematic' look.
24P 24 fps progressive. Same as PF24 but recorded at as true 24P. (???)
I'm selecting PF30 for most of my shooting. Mostly I record for editing in Premier Pro and and then posting on You Tube, or for making videos to distribute as files or DVDs. Is this the most suitable setting?
3. Loading video clips into Premier Pro: PrPro cannot import directly from this camera. Instead I have to take the SD card out, plug it into the SD slot on my Mac and import from there. This works flawlessly once I navigate through the SD card to where the .MTS files are stored. I'm not unhappy with this procedure, but am I going about it the right way?
4. Saving videos. Apparently, you can't save directly from the camera to the computer on a Mac (User Guide p.128.) Right now I'm just importing the .MTS clips into PrPro, but what is all the rest of the stuff on the SD card? Should I be saving all that other data? I can easily grab all the files from the SD card with Finder and store them someplace, but will I ever need all that other stuff? The .XMP files might be useful, but I don't know what all the other folders and files are for.
Thank you for your patience.
Some reading to help you get started... skip any parts you already know
Metadata & Project Folder http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1015001?tstart=0
Project Folders http://forums.adobe.com/thread/919388?tstart=0
What is a Project File? Read #10 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1012847
I have my Canon Vixia set to use 60i since I was told (2+ years ago, when I did what you are doing now) that 60i is best for (A) better recording of any fast movement and (B) a DVD is interlaced, so shooting in interlaced rather than progressive is better
Now... that was 2+ years ago and I did not save every Q&A link so I don't remember all the details... just that I picked 60i instead of a progressive setting, and I have been pleased with the results when going from AVCHD to SD to author a DVD in Encore - http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694
But... do your testing and create some output and figure out for yourself which setting(s) to use