Maybe you've hit the nail on the head. It says,
High-definition project presets (including AVCHD, DVCPRO HD, HDV, and XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD) are not included, so you cannot capture or import high-definition footage.
The footage I took was on an HD Sony camera at 60i/NTSC. I guess that's the problem huh?
Welcome to the forum.
Do read the link that John T. furnished on the trial version's limitations.
Also, check that you have the most recent video driver for your vid-card. Many display issues are related directly to the video driver.
Thanks for the welcome. I'm no expert on this subject so I'm not even sure I would know where to check the video-card driver. LOL.
All I can say is that the trial version of Premiere CS4 had no such problems on this laptop. I'm now using Windows Vista, Home Premium, 64 bit. The CS4 trial ran fine on Windows Vista 32-bit (as it was before I upgraded) so I'm unsure why Adobe would have moved the goalposts in that regard?
Thanks for your help.
The CS5 trial will not work with HD material that is any version of MPEG
Premiere Pro CS5 is now 64bit only
You need to check the system requirements at the PPro product page... you may not have enough computer power to actually USE the program
A link with many ideas about computer setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/436215?tstart=0
And even more hardware discussion http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere/hardware_forum
Including this post about 3 possible builds http://forums.adobe.com/thread/598040?tstart=0
Work through all of the steps (ideas) listed at http://ppro.wikia.com/wiki/Troubleshooting
If your problem isn't fixed after you follow all of the steps, report back with ALL OF THE DETAILS asked for in the FINALLY section, the questions at the end of the troubleshooting link... most especially the codec used... see Question 1
I am now editing AVCHD on a computer I built for CS5 - read http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
You can go to Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager (or similar location/syntax in Win7), and open up your video card's properties. It will tell you the make/model and also the driver version installed. From the mfgr's. Web site, you can check for an update to the driver. Be very sure to read the installation instructions carefully, as these can differ card to card, and even by driver versions. It's usually just a click on an executable, but check this out closely.
Now, even a simple OS update/hot-fix, can render a video card's driver immediately obsolete. That is why they are updated so very often. All can work fine one day, you get an OS update, and things go south in a hurry. PrPro works much more closely with a video driver, than any player, and almost any other program, so one will be unaware of issues, in say Excel, or Word, but then PrPro will not play nicely.
I'm unsure why Adobe would have moved the goalposts in that regard?
They had inside knowledge of the 'Robert Greene' effect.
the trial version of Premiere CS4 had no such problems on this laptop.
It would have. Trials of Premiere Pro have never worked with MPEG assets, and always for the same reason - licensing issues.
I could not get Premiere Pro CS5 to play file formats such as .avi and .m2v. A few frames would play now and then but most of the time I had stills with audio playing and the timecode counter running smoothly. Pre CS4 was working just fine with the same files , Encore CS5 was working too but not Pre CS5. I have Win 7 64 bit, 8 Gig RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX. I have just updated my Creative SoundBlaster audio drivers to 2.18.0015 (released 16 June 2010) and to my great surprise the problem is gone! I was sure it was Pre CS5 or my GPU driver. Check your audio drivers folks! Hope this is helpful.
Interesting, and thanks for that, plus welcome to the forum.
As PrPro works much more closely with both the audio and the video drivers, than almost any other program, and playback can depend on both for smoothness, I could see this happening.
Also, even simple OS updates and hot-fixes can render both drivers instantly obsolete, it's always good to update them often.
I do keep older versions of my video drivers tucked away, as many have had to roll-back a few versions, every now and then.
Many thanks for all your input. I appreciate that very much.
I have just ordered a full version of PrPro CS5 which should be arriving in the next few days. I guess I will know what works and doesn't work then!