So the school has CS5.5 right? Which version are YOU using at home? Is it fully licensed or a trial, since some codecs are not supplied in the trial version for reasons of licensing/royalties.
Also, you are using a MacBook? And was footage captured on Mac? I believe Premiere will capture HDV differently between a PC and Mac, want to make sure things are the same in your workflow. Please clarify specifics of gear being used.
Safe Harbor Computers
Thanks for the reply Jeff
Yes the version at school is CS5.5 on Mac and mine is CS6 on a MacBook Pro (would that lead to a compatability issue?).
I believe it is the full version, the computer came with a wide range of apps included. (I see nowhere to upgrade it and no restrictions so far).
I am able to open previous captures that were recorded in DV and other mp4 files but when I try to open/preview the HDV files or insert them in to a timeline (both manually selecting and allowing Premiere to select the project specs) the clips are black and the playback indicator (red line) does not move (normally triggered by space and enter).
Do you think that it may be due to the fact my MacBook Pro has never been connected to the capture device via firewire (I am clutching at straws now)
Thanks for your time
On your MBP (MacBook Pro), in PrPro CS 6, do you have all of the Export Formats and Sequence Presets available?
Just open a test Project, and check what you have for possible Export Formats. You can also check the Sequence Presets too. If you are missing some, then maybe this FAQ Entry will be helpful: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1050730?tstart=0
transferred the footage from Tape to Digital Hard Disk at University
Hey Bill, thanks for the reply.
I am including some screenshots from Premiere.
I have contacted the seller I purchased the package from to check what he says, I cannot delete Premiere at this stage as I don't have a physical copy to reinstall
Also I see nowhere to upgrade or register the program
Also I have completed [projects using this version of Premiere with no issue, only they were not in HDV format.
Thanks for your time
Hey Jim, thanks for the reply
I captured the footage in the production lab on campus, using Firewire conection to a Mini DV tape player and the capture function in Premiere.
The footage plays on my MBP in Quicktime and DV files can be edited without hassle in my version of Premiere.
There is no warning message, or unnaccepted Codec as I have read elsewhere... it's just a black clip with no preview.
thanks for your time
Since you are on a Mac, have you updated your OS, to get the latest video drivers installed? If not, that would be "Job 1."
Hey Bill, I have updated the OS.
Still no good.
HDV is not available as a sequence preset
Thanks for the reply Jim...
I had seen that document in my searches but I am hesitant to uninstall things as, firstly, I am very new to Mac (max 6 weeks) and secondly (more importantly), I purchased the computer with everything pre-loaded so I don't have any of the information I assume I will need to re-enter if I uninstall.
I have contacted the seller to see what info I can get but he is in the US and I am in Australia so it may take a while.
If I uninstall will my details be stored or will I be prompted to insert the product info?
thanks for your time
I've never had to uninstall.
It seems your Premiere Pro version is not activated, so you can't use HDV footage directly.
If you re-install PrPro, you will have to get activation numbers , normally given by Adobe when you buy the product.
In your case, with your seller far from Australia, the situation may be difficult to solve.
If you want to use PrPro on your Mac, with your footage, it's possible :
1- capture your clips using iMovie, by connecting your camcorder to the MBP by the firewire link.
iMovie will recognize the cam, then you will be able to capture videos.
After that, the files are located in a directory 'iMovie events' in video directory on your machine.
2- You can use a free software: MPEG Streamclip on your Mac (to install from internet), then open your HDV clips and
save them on DV format (or other one which is recognized by your PrPro). These files should be readable
by your PrPro.
This can solve temporarily your problem, but the quality of your video will be downgraded from the
HD HDV format to DV SD one.
Hey thanks for the reply JMJ...
the effect of the downsampling was a little more than I had hoped for but thanks for the detailed explanation.
It looks like I will have to purchase the Adobe package directly as I need to work with HDV on a regular basis... can anyone tell me that if I save project files externally and re-install/purchase CS6 will the projects load back into the new version easilly?
Seems like that will be the best way as I have spent hours driving back and forward to the editing suite on campus.
Thanks everyone for your help, I really appreciate it