You might copy the entire folder structure from the SD card to your data hard drive and use media browser from there
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PS "powerful ASUS i5" is not powerful when editing AVCHD video, which is VERY CPU intensive
Adobe's MINimums http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html
This message has a really good picture showing requirements - http://forums.adobe.com/thread/810750
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More about Requirements http://forums.adobe.com/thread/618058
Disk Configurations http://forums.adobe.com/thread/878419
Really Great Pic in #3 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1100383
Also, what format is the audio in the clips? AAC, AC3, stereo, 5.1?
John and Jim, I will research your answers, but I just noticed one interesting thing: in the Premiere Media Browser, under Files of Type, there's the drop-down list, and AVCHD is not listed there.
You mean by default, or at all?
You know how before you drop it down it read All Supported Files. Then when I drop it down AVCHD never appears under any circumstances.