Had you read the system requirements: http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/systemreqs/
you would have known that your MBP is below mimimum. If you further take into consideration that the Adobe minimum requirements only state what is needed to install the program, not to use it, and look at what you have and what you need for comfortable editing, there is a wide discrepancy.
Harm, while I am "young and stupid" (I just started out taking film making to the professional level) I did actually read all the requirements on Adobe's website, made notes of them, and went to my local iStore and physically checked all the specs on the actual model of the Mac I intended on buying. I never came across the hard drive specs in the system profiler(first time Apple user), therefore missed it. It also refers to editing and not capturing on the Adobe site..
Is it due to compression/formats etc that I can capture comfortably into iMovie opposed to Premiere? What are my options from here on? I invested a hell of alot of money in setting all of this up so I cant just go out and buy a better workstation, unfortunately.
Hopefully capturing with iMovie will capture in the same format and codec. Then you can just import those captured files into your project. If the format and/or codec is different, you have to convert to a suitable format. Be aware however that your disk will be a major handicap. The minimum requirement, and that is ABSOLUTE MINIMUM, is at least two physical 7200 RPM SATA disks, better three.
As Harm said, two hard drives is the absolute minimum
For more, Read Harm on drive setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/662972?tstart=0
- click the embedded picture in Harm's message to enlarge to reading size
- you need AT LEAST 2 drives for video editing, 3 is better
- some HD formats work better with (require) RAID
Read Hunt on Partitions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708?tstart=0
A link with many ideas about computer setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/436215?tstart=0
As a test try a new tape and record anything then try importing that footage to rule out the tape as being the problem.
Do you have an e-sata port so you can get an external drive ?
Also if you have a different firewire try that too.
It might not be these things but its good to try to rule them out.
You have a Firewire 800 port on your MacBook Pro. You might get an external Firewire 800 (IEEE-1394b) 7200 rpm disk drive.and see if for SD video that will allow you to just get by with the existing 5400 RPM OS drive.. Look at this one as an example
Today I went and got an external Lacie D2 Extreme ( I think) which was a 7200RPM Firewire 800 drive. I ran it into the Mac's firewire and then ran the camera straight into the drive. It captured fine for about 10 mins before doing the exact same thing. I realise you guys talk about "comfortable editing" on massive machines with millions of hard drives but our (South African) industry does not work in quite the same manner. Things are way more expensive here and our industry is still growing. The point though is that alot of people manage with less than what is considered "comfrotable" over seas. So that kept in consideration, todays setup should have sorted out the hard drive problem, no?
Thank you all for the advice so far.
External drives are normally formatted Fat32... so there is a 4Gig limit to the size of any file
What is your format?
Very unlikely as this hard drive got used in studios on a bunch of macs and im pretty sure the owner would not have had it as FAT32 as a proffessional..
First of all,, have you installed the Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2) update (http://bit.ly/djiyh4)? That update fixes a lot of problems.
As others have mentioned, you really do need to capture to a separate hard drive other then your Mac HD. I like FireWire 800.
Unfortunately I have updated my entire suite already. And as I mentioned in my second last post I did try capturing to a firewire 800 external today to no avail..
In my opinion you apparently have something in your computer interrupting the capture process. If this were a PC I could tell you how to possibly find the problem. You need help from a knowledgable Mac person. I doubt it has anything to do with Premiere. Follow Harm's suggestion and use some other capture program and see if that works, and try Glenn's suggestion and try another tape and/or another camera.
I have previously tried different tapes but they all rendered the same results. I did however now try a different camera with a different tape..
It was successful. Now before I make the conclusion that my camera is faulty I have to ask the following:
The camera that dumped successfully is a Samsung DP351i or something. Its a cheap 0.8 megapixel camera I got for free with a home theatre system many years ago but it also uses Mini DV tapes like my PD170. Now as far as I understand dumping off a DV tape is the same either way, whether or not you shot with the highest quality or the lowest quality camera. Am I correct in saying this? The very last test is for me to try capture onto my Windows based PC with CS4 or Elements to see if the Camera is faulty but at the moment it looks like it is the PD170. It does however have a very good history and has recently seen a service from Sony themselves.