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You can mix AVCHD and HDV clips, I do this reguarly. Cant really help on the other two questions as I dont own the SR12 and my comcorders only shoot 1440x1080.
1) Can I mix AVCHD and HDV clips fine in Premiere? it seems to not care what the original format the clip is in, as long as it's supported.
>> You can certainly mix AVCHD and HDV clips in Premiere. However my remmendation is to shoot with stereo and not 5.1 channel sound. I say so because, you might find it challenging managing AVCHD, HDV, 5.1 channel and stereo sounds at a time in timeline. Though behavior and response of AVCHD and HDV might be similar, though it will get tricky dealing with sounds.
2) Am I better off shooting in 1440x1080 with the AVCHD camcorder, or doesnt it matter. practically speaking the actual resolution of the material will be far lower than 1440x1080, that's a theoretical max for sensors and HDV in general, I don't think any consumer camcorders come close to that in real life using a resolution chart. So does it help, practically speaking, to go with 1920x1080 as a shooting resolution. I notice the bitrate is much higher with 1920x1080 so I might get fewer compression artifacts.
>> As such the response of Premiere Elements 7 would be similar in both situations and since you are already downsizing the final output, it would not make much of a difference.