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The only way at the moment appears to be by using the Mainconcept MPEG Pro HD plugin. I tried the demo but it did not perform well; it did let me import avchd files straight into a project like any standard video, but playback and scrubbing was extremely choppy.
You can try out a demo of the Mainconcept plugin from here..
What I can't figure out is why such a major format does not have native support in in Premiere CS3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVCHD
This is a format that has been adopted by Sony and Panasonic and is compatible with most blue-ray players and even the Play Station 3. So why would so many of the small software companies, in competition with Adobe, have recognized the importance of the format and come up with solutions to read and edit the format when Adobe has not? http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb403297&sliceId=2
I've been coming back to Adobe's web site for months hoping to find they are working on a solution and I have found nothing. I have been a huge fan of Adobe software for years and have pumped many a pay check in keeping my Adobe software current, the most recent being the purchase of the CS3 Master Suite. I'm not trying to bash the company but Adobe if your listening I really want to know want to know what the real story is. This goes beyond the "we are just busy and will get to it when can" statements I have been seeing on the adobe sites. It looks to me as though some other deal has been made and Adobe does not want to talk about why they are not incorporating the AVCHD format into Premiere CS3.
>What I can't figure out is why such a major format does not have native support in in Premiere CS3.
It most likely will be at some point. You just have to realize that the hardware/software resources required to natively edit the format are very demanding. Programming a professional level NLE for such a resource heavy new format (which very few professionals will be using, by the way) is not something easily done. The past year or more has been spent concentrating on the formats professionals are likely to use - DVCPro HD and XDCAM.
Thanks for the response. I guess it all boils down to what the definition of "professional" is today. We use comparable HD cameras at the mid sized paper where I work to create videos for the web site (site avgs. 3 million page view/month). Today it's all about cost and portability. Incidentally the local TV station here is using these small HD cameras for remote shoots and we are hearing this from our sister papers and associated networks as well. With increasing competition, and the need to keep expenses low more, more media outlets are looking to cut costs and they are looking at the emerging HD products and standards as possible solutions. Something to consider... that's my 2 cents
Which is why the support is likely to come at some point. You're just ahead of the curve on this one.
I can NOT import AVI video files into my Adobe Premiere CS3....Even though I can import video files into other video editing softwares. Why is this..?
Even though I can import AVI files into competitive software, why is difficult to import AVI files into Adobe Premiere CS3...? What route do I need to take, in order to import AVI files from Disc..? Much appreciated
AVI is Audio Video Interleave. It can mean a lot of things, not necessarily a format PP understands. It is comparable to an animal. It does not say whether you are talking about a salmon, a serpent, a bee, a cow, an elephant, a pig, a dog, a falcon or what have you.
For PP you need MS-DV AVI type 2. Your disc material is not suitable for editing, despite being named an animal. PP only likes dolphins, not any other animals, like grasshoppers.
So either get a different camera that gives you tape based DV material, use a different application (WMM or similar) or convert to DV AVI type2.
Back to the AVCHD topic at hand...
There are consumer and mid-range software packages out there that deal with the AVCHD format very well. For some time I tried Sony Vegas Pro, which added AVCHD support in their last update - it's a nice high-end consumer package though obviously not in the same league as Premiere.
I couldn't get comfortable using Vegas (I used it for a couple of weeks of its trial period and didn't purchase it) so I have been converting my AVCHD files using Nero Vision and then bringing those into Premiere and After Effects. This is a sloppy way of going about things though; recoding the video adds some degradation and getting framerates to match in Nero Vision's output is very hit and miss.
I wait with baited breath for the next CS3 update and pray it will include AVCHD support. It seems to be a Holy Grail for many long-time Premiere and After Effects users out there.
I know that they are working on it. I read on one of the blog pages from Adobe employees that they actually showed a beta version of AVCHD support in PPro at a meeting in NY. So, we all just have to hold tight for it. The question is, would you rather them rush something out and have it bug filled, or have them take their time and get it right?
And remember, if you're shooting with Panasonic AVCHD, Panasonic does offer free conversion software.
Thanks for the reassurance Eric. I know it's only a matter of time but with more and more AVCHD files coming my way I can't help but be a little impatient.
I haven't tried Panasonic's converter (which is available from https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/desk/e/download.htm#avchd btw), but have read that it also works with some non-Panasonic AVCHD files. The reason I haven't tried it is because it supposedly only handles AVCHD files shot in 1080i 59.94 and 1080i 50 - and since all the AVCHD files I've been given to work with have been 1080 30p I don't think it will handle them.
>I wait with baited breath for the next CS3 update and pray it will include AVCHD support.
You may want to take a few breaths there. Based on a developer interview posted at Adobe TV, my guess is it won't even be a standard feature of CS4, but will come later. Maybe to Pro, maybe only to Elements.
I could be completely wrong of course, but looking at it my way, there will be less disappointment.
Hi Guys...I know this going to sound a little stupid...but I'm new in video editing ( I'm sure you guys have been there as well..!! )..but I have this DVD camcorder - records video footage onto mini- disc DVD.
I understand that when I try to import the footage to my Premiere CS3, it will NOT do so. This is 'cause the footage has been converted to the nasty M-PEG2.
So my question is, how do I convert this footage into DV-AVI..?
Do I :
1] connect the camcorder to a VHS and record everything onto VHS. But when doing this, I now have a large VHS cassette. So how do I now convert this analogue to DV-AVI from the video player. I understand that Video players DO NOT have a firewire connect...!
2] Is there another way..
1. Get a different camera that records DV to tape or try WMM or similar consumer software or convert before import to a more suitable format. Use Google to find converters.
2. Use a GrassValley ADVC or similar and play out from your camera and let the ADVC convert the signal to digital for capturing through fire wire.