I have a similar situation, except my HDV clips show up correctly in Finder and play fine (video & audio) in QuickTime, but Premiere Pro refuses to import it. I wonder where PP is getting its codecs - QuickTime obviously has the codecs to play the HDV clips?
Premiere Pro CS6 with 6.0.1 update installed
Mac OSX v10.7.4
New Mac tower desktop with virtually nothing else installed. I did install QuickTime 7.6.6, based on a suggestion I found on this forum, in addition to the QuickTime 10.1 that came with Lion.
Source footage: HDV clips captured in FCP6/7, mix of 1080p30 and 720p30
Scenario: When trying to import or open the clips, pop-up window with error message "Codec missing or unavailable."
Where could I find the codecs that PP can use to open HDV clips? Any help will be appreciated!
HDV footage that I had captured into FCP7.
That is likely the issue. FCP does weird things to footage. If you recapture in PP, you'll get a normal file.
I wish that answer is good enough, but unfortunately that could be a deal-breaker. Our organization is evaluating whether to migrate from FCP7 to FCPX or PP. We have a lot of existing footage captured with FCP, and we may still keep using FCP7 for a while. If we don't have a good way to cross-reference the FCP clips in PP, we may just give up and choose FCPX instead.
I thought a lot of FCP7 users are migrating to PP, so I'm surprised this issue hasn't been discussed more or resolved in some way.
These days, the number of folks still using tape-based formats like HDV is dwindling. The bulk of editors are probably now dealing with some form of solid state media like AVCHD. That may account for the sparsity of threads here. But it has been discussed, and the problem is that if you capture HDV using AIC, (Apple Intermediate Code), your hosed. The easiest solution is to recapture to standard MPEG using PP.
And don't forget that FCP X doesn't deal with any tape based formats. No way to capture from tape, no way to export to tape.
The only other option you would have other than to capture everything again is to batch convert everything you have into a format that Premiere supports.