I am editing Panasonic AVCHD footage from an AC130 camcorder in PP CS6. PP seems to handle AVCHD without any problems, other than a bug in hover scrubbing. However, I do have Panasonic's utility for converting AVCHD to P2 footage. It's a holdover from the days when NLEs couldn't import AVCHD footage directly.
Here's my question: Is there any advantage to transcoding from AVCHD to P2 before opening footage in PP? Panasonic says the converter is lossless, so I'm thinking there might be some advantage in decompressing before loading into PP. The most obvious cost of the conversion would be larger file sizes on my HD. Are there any advantages that would offset that cost? Thanks.
Unless you are experiencing the problems described in
this document regarding the known AVCHD bug in CS6,
I would not transcode to anything... just edit natively.
Panasonic says the converter is lossless,
so I'm thinking there might be some advantage
in decompressing before loading into PP.
That would be better described as recompressing.
If you are inclined to transcode your media prior to editing.
I would advise using one of these codecs instead:
To other readers: I recommend both links in the response by 'joe bloe premiere'. The first is a pretty good rundown on AVCHD ingest and glitches, and the second is a list of several good (and free) lossless codecs for transcoding. Thanks, Joe.