For SD (Standard Definition) the "native" format for CS5 Windows is DV AVI type 2 with 16bit 48khz sound
But... what is the exact codec inside that mpeg, and what are it's settings?
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811?tstart=0
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
its a quicktime container with MPEG-2 Video codec. i have read on this forum that premiere has issues with the MPEG codec.
SD mpeg is not really designed to be edited, due to the compression and file structure (this is not the same as HD which may also use a variant of mpeg)
About editing SD (Standard Definition) MPEG files (or ANY type of compressed file)
Click the http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM Link to My Adobe Notes
Then Click the internal Link Edit Compressed (MPEG/DIVX/etc) Files
Read each one of the items... clicking/Reading ALL of the information Links
These are HDV Mpeg2 files from a canon firestore. The other file types it can encode are MXF and M2T. I dont think those other two work well with FCP.
Why can't they just give you the ProRes files?
well, i am capturing the files on a tapeless system. I could encode premiere friendly files into ProRes for FCP users. But we both use the cameras equally and that would be adding a step to their workflow i can see they would prefer avoiding. I am the odd duck in this office with premiere. I don't know if it is worth changing how the devices work because of my exotic choice