Copy the entire contents of the camera's card to
an internal drive then import using the Media Browser.
Premiere will use the accompanying metadata recorded by the camera
to 'stitch together' the spanned clips into a single, continuous roll.
Import assets from file-based sources with Media Browser
Be aware that CS6 has a known bug regarding AVCHD media.
Not all cameras are affected, and the bug does not exist in CS5 / CS5.5.
Audio and Video glitches | AVCHD footage
This bug has been resolved in the June 17th Creative Cloud release.
It remains to be seen if the fix will be applied to CS6 in the future.
According to recent posts, apparently CS6 has a problem with a select *few* formats, but for the most part, the best procedure to use is as follows.
COPY the contents of the memory card to your hard drive. This means everything, the entire folder structure. Do not try to pick out the video clips, copy the top folder over complete.
Then in Premiere, use the Browser panel (rather than Import) to navigate to where the card contents are on your drive, and Premiere will find the video clips for you - you should not have to dig down through all the folders, just get to the top folder and Premiere should start showing your clips. You can then drag them to the Project Bin or Timeline directly. In the case of a long recording that spans several clips, the import should appear as a SINGLE CLIP with no seams or breaks.
I recently rented a Sony AX-2000 for a long stage event and the two 1+ hour clips came in seamlessly and synced up perfect to the other camera which was HDV tape, no problems at all. In the past, have used Panasonic AVCHD camera with success also.
EDIT - sorry for the duplicity, first reply was not there when I started my reply
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Another colleague suggested the same procedure, your post verifies what he mentioned. Thanks a lot for all the feedback, Joe.
Abandoning version of software in the middle of it's life cycle is surely unacceptable. New features are one thing but bug-fixes are quite another. I hope for everyone's sake Adobe has not chosen to do so. It is something that could probably be be forced on Adobe but I can't imagine to many people have the tenacity to become involved in something like that.
Also, Post #386 by David McGavran in this thread:
AVCHD Workflow help
"My name is David McGavran, I am the Senior Engineering Manager on
Premiere Pro. We are aware of the issue and are able to reproduce it.
We are currently investigating what we can do about it.
We apologize for the issues and hope to be able to give guidance soon.
I will continue to check back in here and update you guys
as we have more information."
Thanks for posting that, Joe.
Like I stated in another post, searching the forums makes me a bit nervous due a lot of speculation about the status of CC vs perpetual licensees regarding maintenance updates. So much software these days seems to be released in an unfinished state then replaced by the next version before many known bugs are fixed; I understand some of what motivates people's concerns. It's hard not to get caught up in the lack of confidence and less than positive vibe sometimes.
I hope that everyone who is concerned about this issue
will take the time to make a request that a fix be provided
for the perpetual license version of CS6.
Also... just in case, there is an ongoing effort to identify the
specific cameras and media types associated with this bug.
CS6 / AVCHD / Spanned Clip Bug / What Cameras
And Media Types Are Affected?
The current status: