Just a couple of additional things.
I have tried adjusting the pre-roll time and there doesn't appear to be any problems with the timecode on the tape in that it plays smoothly and doesn't have any breaks.
I thought HDV didn't offer batch caprture because of the temporal compression.
Really? I wasn't aware of that. Are you referring to not being able to frame accuartely batch capture or would the temporal compression also stop Premiere finding the correct timecode?
I've just done a test and batch captured 5 clips with the same in and out timecodes but I had to manually override the deck by pressing the play button before it had a chance to fast forward somewhere else. All 5 clips captured frame accurately.
I don't see why it can't find the timecode.
I found similar issues on Avid forums and changing the deck profile settings seemed to help the problem but Premiere doesn't have the same amount of deck preference options.
Are you referring to not being able to frame accuartely batch capture or would the temporal compression also stop Premiere finding the correct timecode?
I don't actually use the stuff. I just thought missing batch capture was something I read. I could easily be wrong.
I've been having this problem for the last 12 months since moving up to CS3, and it's driving me nuts.
From searching other forums, it seems that Premiere is not the issue. Rather, it's the fact that the HDV timecode is recorded in a completely different way from the Mini DV timecode, and virtually all of Sony's VTRs are incapable of reading it accurately in Fast Forward or Fast Rewind. I've tried the M10, the M15, M25 and just yesterday the M35. The only one that works properly is the old M10, but there's not many of them around now. Essentially they were just a Z1P Camcorder without a lense, but they are the only Sony deck I've found that can handle HDV timecode at speed. Unfortunately they seem to drop the odd frame here and there.
Sony make a big deal of how they are the best for the professional market but this problem makes me wonder. It could probably be solved if we had a way to disable FF or FR in the Menu, but I can't find such an option.