I agree with you completely.
I had exactly this problem yesterday with to AVCHD cards. Premiere lost track of them (not sure why - I didn't move them). It wanted to link to 0000.mts but I didn't know which one it was looking for. I ended up having to see which file was longer and which card was bigger. Simple math, sure, but isn't that what a computer is supposed to do?!
As you say... Pr obviously knows which one is which or else it couldn't display your new name.
I understand that .mts files come with their own batch of unique problems but a better Media Manager in Pr would help
Thoughts? Suggestions? Tips? Thanks!
Store the media on an internal drive and don't change anything so PP won't lose track the media.
That's exactly what I do. I have an "archive" drive which all SD cards are transfered to (structure completely intact). I have a "projects" drive that keeps the working PR project, any still, music, etc.,etc. The Media Browser points to the SD card structure in the "archive". Yesterday it forgot where the cards were (even though they had not been moved or re-named).
In FCP when media goes offline it shows you the path it thinks the media should be (i.e. where it was the last time it could find it). Does Premiere show anything similar? If so, it would be a huge help because it would point to the proper card.
John, that's very cute, pat...and smug. Rather than your suggestion, I'll just continue to use the camera-manufacturer's software to offload the MTS files into consolidated M2TS files. So far no one's told me a downside to this. They're the exact files and I believe are stitched together much as if one had used a DOS COPY /y /b X.MTS + 2X.MTS 3X.m2ts type of command to join the files; I doubt there's any chance of degradation in quality.
The files are named so that if they were all placed in the same directory they would sort in chrono order if sorted by name: yyyymmddhhss.m2ts. That way I can NEVER lose track of a clip except if I have two cameras which happen to click on record at the exact second and that's not likely to happen very often!
Having multiple files that have the same name is a logistical nightmare unless the software package has a powerful enough media manager to keep robust track. I've made the feature request. I'm not holding my breath and will use the "preferred" workflow when and if I have more confidence it won't BREAK my projects.
The link wasn't mean to be smug. We all what better info when media goes offline. That happens by LOTS of people asking for it.