I've not seen this problem with XDCAM HD in these forums before. There is a known issue with spanned AVCHD media but that seems to depend on the make of camcorder, some work OK some don't. I use XDCAM EX 25Mbs and don't have a problem with spanned clips, even spanned across two cards.
You say that you cant access the clips. The spanned issue relate to the sudden freezing of the sequence when scrubbing a spanned clip in the sequence or similar actions. You can still play the media. Are you not able to play it at all? This sounds like a codec issue.
A fix with AVCHD is to transcode the media to another format using Prelude. The test that I did was to transcode AVCHD to XDCAM HD and it worked fine.
How are you importing this footage into Premiere?
At the risk of teaching grandmothers to suck eggs...
When you copy cards from Camera to Computer you have to keep the file structure intact.
Best practice is to do this using the Sony Clip Browser software (downloadable from Sony website), which maintains the file structure, ensures that clips which span multiple cards are correctly reassembled on the computer, and does a CRC check during transfer.
From there the best way to get the footage into Premiere is to use the Media Browser within Premiere to navigate to the place where the BPAV folder with all the clips is, and import them into the project.
If you do it like this, you shouldn't have any problems with spanned clips.
This is my workflow and I'm regularly shooting 90+ minutes in one take spanning several cards.
Thanks, Mark. I haven't tried the Sony software, but I have downloaded it. This is 422 HD 50Mb material on optical disc. The transfer drive is the Sony PDW-U1 USB external. I have copied the entire contents of the disc without alteration to my video drive (raid array) and then attempt to import through media browser. It generates either a "general" error or a "file not supported" error. I'm sorry but I don't understand/haven't heard the grandmothers/eggs analogy. The same errors will be generated while trying to import directly from the xdcam drive.
Thanks, Andrew. I have the same result trying to access the files in Prelude.
Hi, I thought you had the same workflow as me, coming from SXS cards, not from Optical Disc.
But it ought to work. You shouldn't be getting these errors.
What camera did you shoot with?
What platform are you on?
Which version of Premiere are you using?
"Teaching your grandmother to suck eggs" means telling someone something that they already know how to do.
Aah. Well yes, I'd say I already know how to suck eggs. I have installed
the SONY content browser software and now Premiere seems to see the
files! Thanks for the direction, looks like the project might move forward
in Adobe land after all.
OK, very good. Glad to have helped. Hope your project proceeds well and they you can now enjoy all the benefits of a file-based workflow!
Are you working on a Mac, by any chance?
Nope, 16-Core HP screamer.
OK, that's good to know.
So, all you had to do was install the Clip Browser software and then Premiere's Media Browser was seeing all your clips on your RAID?
Or did you have to bring the files from the PDW-U1 to the computer using the Clip Browser software before Premiere would recognise them?
It's important to know what step it was that enabled you to overcome this issue.
I installed both content browser and the updated XDCam drive driver from Sony. Then I launched premiere and went via media browser to the original media on the external drive and was able to generate thumbnails and successfully import and preview bars. No error messages. Before there was no picture in the thumbnails and only file numbers. I'm fairly confident this will be OK now, but I'm copying from the PDW-U1 to the array and that's a lot of big files over USB so it'll be a while before I can verify.
OK, so we don't know which of those two actions, installing the Clip Browser or updating the XDCAM Driver, was what solved the problem.
Anyhow, it's good to know you're up and running! Have a great time editing with Premiere. I'll leave you to get on with it!