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Did you try desktop editing mode?
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I have tried the "Desktop" editing mode in a last ditch effort, but that still does not give you a 720p AVCHD option.
I could create a preset from scratch with the same video and audio specs as the format which I used to shoot in, but unless you can select "AVCHD" as the codec and "720p" as the native resolution, you are not going to have realtime playback/editing and you will have to render everything. This also results in very choppy playback and frequent lockups of Premiere similar to using a 1080p editing preset for 720p footage.
The choppy playback could very well be caused simply by using AVCHD footage, which is very difficult to edit. Other users report such even with the proper preset.
Well I would certainly agree with you if it didn't playback incredibly smooth with 1080p AVCHD footage as it does. You see I thought originally it was my computer specs (Quad-Core 3.0GHz, 4GB RAM, 10,000 RPM RAID 0, nVidia Quadro FX 1400 graphics card). So I ran some test with 1080p footage that I had shot at full bitrate (21mbps) and the realtime playback and editing worked perfectly with the 1080p editing preset. In fact it was so good, I didn't even realize I was editing HD material.
On the contrary, when I import footage shot at the same bitrate, but at 720p resolution, the system gets brought to its knees. Realtime playback is non-existant, rendering doesn't help, and Premiere often times gets hung up for several minutes.
I am really beginning to wonder why Adobe did not include a 720p AVCHD editing preset with CS4. There was plenty of hardware and software support for that format long before they released CS4. It's not like 720p resolution wasn't included in the original MPEG4 Part 10 spec.
I see your point.
I am with Kieth on this one. I am ready to by a HMC-150 and 720p is seems to be the best resolution for the camera.
Keith, please submit a feature request. I already did.
I'm pretty sure I read this was something they were gonna have patched in the 4.1.0 can't remember where I read it though. I am pretty sure that 720p was left out because they couldn't get working yet.
Try using the XDCAM EX 720 preset - works for the HMC-150 720 footage I have - not even a red render bar.
It sure would be nice to have this support.
Being an owner of HMC150, I would really like the option to edit my 720/60p footage natively.
Having to use the panasonic conversion software makes the editing procedure much more time consuming.
The only editing program that I have had painless luck with trying for this format is Corel Pro STudio X2. Though limiting in it's functionality, It sure helps me complete simple projects without hours of aggravation.
Have you tried creating your own preset?
Anton, did you try using the XDCAM EX 720p preset like Eric noted. did it work for you?
I did not.. I did try DVCProXD 720p but it didn't seem to work (same thing.. Locking up.. Fatal erros..)
I will however try it tonight when I get home from work and then post my results.
It had been so long since I had done any video editing. I dabbled back in the late 90's when Mini-DV started and IEEE1394 started to grow into widespread acceptance.
I re-introduced myself to video technology in December of last year when I saw a need at my job position. Though I have come somewhat up to speed on the converging technology, my head is still spinning a bit.
Thanks for your suggestion!
XDCAM EX 720p did not work. It did the same thing.
The footage from my Canon HG21 in 1080i seems to work just fine in the native AVCHD mode.
I do hope that they create a native mode for 720p 60p AVCHD in future updates. It would save me much time and aggravation.
I have been experimenting with Vegas Pro as well. It seems to be better and even seems to switch between both formats (Canon and Panasonic) ok..
>I do hope that they create a native mode for 720p 60p AVCHD in future updates. It would save me much time and aggravation.
Can't you just make your own preset through the "desktop editing" mode?
Currently there is no option to choose AVCHD 720p in the custom editing presets. This is a video format that Adobe did not include in the CS4 release, or in the 4.0.1 update.
Current workarounds have been to choose presets that use similar video formats like XDCAM EX 720p, or HDV 720p, but both have produced inconsistant results.
Unfortunately; I think you have to wait for an update and hope this is included.
I think you are correct Curt.
The results from using XDCAM EX or DVCPRO XD 720/60p have been unsuccessful as well.
When I utilize the Panasonic transcoder toe DVCPRO XD, All seems to work pretty well.
I will say that this venture into Video production has indeed been a confusing one.
I sure am thankful for experience and Insight that exists on these forums.
I ran into this same problem and tackled it by importing the video into After Effects, then exporting back out to Quicktime. For whatever reason, AE has no trouble with it.