I am about to try this same process with Canon VIXIA HF R10.
I was surprised when I opened the flash drive folders and saw the strange file names. I'll let you know how it goes. I have Vista Ultimate and Premiere Pro CS4 at home, XP Pro and Premiere Pro CS4 at work.
I am starting to regret going HD!
HD is not bad at all, AVCHD may be.
A Loud Cheer Is Heard From The Crowd!!!
OK, sucess with Vista Ultimate. Monday, I can check it out with XP, but I am predicting that will be a success as well.
Being brand new to the world of video and Premier, everything I do is an act of faith at this point. What I was reacting to with my previous comment was the fear that working with the files was not going to be a staright forward Import, Modify, Export Final Product path. I was afraid I'd have to make a detour to import into some intermediate format, then bring it into Premiere.
Glad that's not the case at all!
I will do my best to report sometime on Monday if XP is as straightforward as Vista. If Idon't have a problem, I will be real curious what caused the problem qim010 is reporting.
Regarding AVCHD . . . are there different "flavors"? From my still photography background, I found that RAW is not the same across the board: Nikon RAW is not quite the same as Olympus RAW and, at least when I got my first Olympus that did raw, there was differences withing the Olympus line. I had to wait a while for the an update to Photoshop even though an older version of Olympus RAW could be read. Maybe that is why qim010 is reporting a difficulty with Sony AVCHD.
The chances are good that you do not have the proper CODEC installed on the XP machine, or that an update to that installation of CS4 has reverted it back to the "trial" version, which supports NOTHING MPEG. If that is the case (I'd just test with an MPEG-2 file), then you will need to:
1.) De-Activate that copy of PrPro
2.) Uninstall it (do not go about Deleting files, but use Uninstall)
3.) Run Adobe Clean Script CS4 several times, re-booting in between
4.) Re-Install CS4 and then update it completely, before doing anything else
There have been several cases here, where updating CS4 has cause the installation to revert to "trial." Does not happen THAT often, but often enough. To date, we do not know why, or what the possible "triggers" are for this behavior.
Hope that helps, and good luck,
PS - just noticed that the OP was from June. Sorry for being so late. Did not see that post, when it was still fresh, but maybe this reply can help others.