Premiere Pro reports a "generic file import" error when I try to drag & drop my video files (.mxf) from Sony's XDCAM browser directly into Premiere Pro project window. However, I can drag & drop the same file(s) directly from a file folder on my computer and I can also use the "file import" from Premiere Pro drop down menu to import the same files with no problems.
Also, I can successfully drag & drop video files (.m2ts) from Sony's Content Management Utility into Premiere.
But why can't I drag and drop the same files (.mxf) directly from my Sony XDCAM Browser. It appears to me that my issue is related specifically to XDCAM Browser & the .mxf files it supports (note: Sony's Content Management Utility does support .mxf files so I can't simply use that Utility).
Windows 7, 64bit
Sony XDCAM Browser v2.1
I try to drag & drop my video files (.mxf) from Sony's XDCAM browser directly into Premiere Pro project window.
You need to use the Media Browser within Premiere
to import these files.
Copy the entire contents of the media card to an internal drive first.
Skip the 'utilities' and just use Windows Explorer or Finder to copy the top level folder to your hard drive, then as Joe says, use Premiere Pro's Media Browser to navigate to that folder, dig down a level or two until the clips show up, and import from there.