I've tried everything from using Media Encoder and Encore or just direct through Adobe Premiere Pro. I subscribed to Creative Cloud and have most up to date versions of everything. I run Windows 7 64-bit on a newly built computer with 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.40 GHz. Graphics through AMD Radeon HD 7770. I'm very new with video editing, so I probably don't have something set up correctly, but I can't encode or transcode the files from my Sony HDR-XR260V without the system freezing. I was able to export an .AVI file, but quality was pretty poor considering what I should be able to do. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.
Only H.264 causes the system lock up? MPEG2 works OK? Flash formats?
I just tried MPEG2 and FLV, and they both worked. I was getting optimistic and tried H.264 again, but still no luck.
Next try creating an H.264 using some different media, something I-frame based like DV, DVCPRO HD, AVC-I, etc.