He can edit it fine on his MAC using FCP
Well, not really. FCP doesn't edit AVCHD natively (which is what the Xacti shoots) so it's transcoded to something more edit-friendly on import. Premiere doesn't do this, of course, so it's working with the more taxing originals.
Is your playback resolution set to Full? That often accounts for "shimmering" or other such artifacting on playback when dealing with interframe formats like AVCHD.
I am importing it and attempting to play it within Premieres editor.
Where do I check that its playing back in full to ?
Thanks for reply
Unless CS5 has moved everything about, you should be able to Rt-click on the Program Monitor, and change attributes, like Quality and Magnification. If the controls have been moved, Colin will direct you.
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They haven't moved, per se, but they are far different in CS5 as they were even in CS4. The quickest way to access the Playback Settings it to click the Output button in the toolbar of the Program Monitor; it's the one with three circles that kind of looks like a Venn diagram:
When you click it, you'll get a menu with options for Playback Resolution and Paused Resolution; Playback is probably set at 1/2, and Paused is probably set at Full. Setting Playback Resolution to Full should eliminate the shimmering, but note that your system must really be up to snuff to play AVCHD and similar footage at full resolution.
The help docs have a decent explanation of all this: Source Monitor and Program Monitor overview. Amongst the information on that page are the caveats associated with playback of temporally-compressed video like AVCHD.
I knew that you'd have the exact location in CS5.
Excellent Gents. That sorted it.
Thank you very much
That sorted it.
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