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Try Premiere Elements. It's the consumer version that often works better with consumer cameras.
Importing files from a DVD camcorder or other MPEG device, or
Ripping DVD files rarely results in success in Premiere... do
not be fooled by movie industry advertising into thinking that
"DVD Quality Video" is suitable for EDITING... it is not... a
DVD is designed to be for PLAYBACK only!
Go to my notes page http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
Click the internal link for editing compressed files... read
There are other products better suited to your task
So which should be upgraded, the $800 Adobe Premiere ProCS3 software, or the $600 Sony Camcorder that appears to provide me excellent quality videos? Is there any way around this issue without changeing camers/programs?
If you intend to edit, changing cameras is probably the best option. MiniDV tape is still the best choice for SD editors.
A had the problem the other day. You can use some utilities to convert to AVI f.ex. or use another NLE. The first is probably the esiest and cheapest, but not the quickest way :( I used the second way for that job.
Lots of free re muxers out there - often running the clip through one will sort out the problem. (MPeg stream clip, TS remux etc) Is the audio AC3 (dolby) by any chance? The CS3 plugin from Mainconcept will also sort you out for $300 though. But as everyone says, you cant beat mini DV if you want to edit (and can put up with tape)