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Those cameras are for watching, not for editing.
Google "AVS Video Converter" and use the trial version to see if it will batch convert the files to an avi.
>> FAQ:Why is there no audio in my imported MPEG file?
This worked, and was actually recommended by Adobe tech support too. Only issue with this is that the recommended flow was AVCHD->MPG->AVI. There's a horrible loss of quality on the first step (AVCDH->MPG) as the resulting MPG file is resized (not very well) to 720x480 by the Sony app. So even though this works, the quality at the end is barely better than my old SD (DV) camera.
Turns out I get better luck running the camera in SD mode rather than HD, because the output is actually MPG (720x480).
>> Those cameras are for watching, not for editing.
Unfortunately seems to be the case. Play with it for a few more days, but rather an expensive toy. Any better recommendations for around $1000-$1500?
>> Google "AVS Video Converter" ...
I'll give this a try too.
Canon HV20/30 are good cameras in that price range and they record in HDV format to tape, can downconvert to DV, so that are formats that PP can handle.
>Any better recommendations for around $1000-$1500?
Any tape based DV camera.
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A question on the HV30 before jumping into that one - how does the motor noise on that one sound? My last DV camcorder was mostly unusable with the built in mic.
I did get the AVCHD files converted to HDV format using Nero8. The resulting MPEG2 file doesn't appear to have any significant quality loss through the transcode. Importing into Premiere worked fine too.
The next thing I appear to be running into, which to me seems possible with any HDV camcorder, is that when down converting to SD in Premiere (e.g. to DV/AVI) there seems to be a significant loss in quality. It appears that if I need to generate SD output say for a DVD, then I need to have shot in SD. The flow when capturing in SD and keeping in SD all the way through appear to have much better results. I would have thought that using a decent down converter that keeping everything in HD until the end would have had better results, but this doesn't seem to be the case. Of course it could be that I'm going through a AVCHD->HDV conversion first, but again that output looks fine.
On other camcorder options ... there appears to be HDV compatible AVC camcorders from JVC, which would at least have the convenience of being HDD based. However if I need to generate SD output given the above issue, these ones don't appear to have a DV compatible shooting mode.
The Canon does appear to be the most flexible in supporting HDV/DV, but was hoping to get away from tape ...
> A question on the HV30 before jumping into that one - how does the motor noise on that one sound? My last DV camcorder was mostly unusable with the built in mic.
If sound is important to you, you should get a quality external microphone. I have a HV20 and I always use an external mic. IMHO, the improvement in sound in a lot more noticeable than the improvement in picture going from DV to HD.