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For such material, first Copy the files and folders from the camera via USB. One can do this from the included software, or from Windows Explorer.
True Capture is only from miniDV tape cameras, over FireWire.
PS - John T. Smith uses the same camera, IIRC, and has posted some tips.
Thank you for the clarification. Sometimes it's tough to keep up with make/models.
Thanks for the replies you guys.
So I tried using Windows Explorer to upload the files, and then use Get Media to get the files from where I put them with Windows Explorer. It works! I'm just wondering a few things though.
1) Does importing this way (via Windows Explorer) lower the quality of the videos in any way? I know it might sound like a stupid question, but I just have to know.
2) So there really is no use for the Get Media -> Import from AVCHD or hard disk/memory option? Cuz I remember back when I used iMovie on a Mac, it could just pull the files straight from the camcorder without having to go around it. Does Premiere not have this capability or something?
If your system is properly set up and your camcorder is correctly connected, you can pull the video of the camcorder and into your project by going to Get
Media/From AVCHD Camcorder and using the Video Importer.
But what does it mean to have my system "properly set up?"
I mean, I know my camcorder is connected correctly, though I dunno if there are many ways to incorrectly connect it.
I can't tell you what you're doing wrong without knowing what you're doing.
Is your camcorder turned on and set to VTR? Is it connected by USB to your computer and have you ensured that your computer "sees" it?
Have you gone to Windows Update and ensured you have even the non-critical updates? Do you have the latest version of Quicktime?
Can you post a screen shot of the Media Downloader open and your camcorder not listed in its connection options?
>Does importing this way (via Windows Explorer) lower the quality of the videos in any way?
Using WinExp is not "importing" into PrEl... you are simply copying (or moving, your choice) the files from camera memory to computer hard drive