Just use Compressor, or even MPEG Streamclip for Mac, which will let you easily batch convert MOVs (List > Batch List). You can use ProRes, which is compatible with the PC (if you have QT Player installed), or my preference, the Avid QuickTime Codecs, in particular DNxHD. You'll need to install the Avid codecs on the Mac, which might not be copasetic--however, MPEG Streamclip doesn't require an installation, so you can actually run it off a thumb drive. With whichever codec you use, just match the various parameters (frame size, frame rate, interlacing, etc.). The files will be larger (AIC is heavily compressed), but the result will work fine in Premiere.
It will be next week before I have a chance to try it, but MPEG Streamclip for Mac sounds good (I like the PC version). I'll let you know how it goes.
If you're familiar with it on the PC, you'll find it's pretty similar on the Mac--no major differences that I'm aware of. You can get the Avid codecs for the PC and test those beforehand; they're read and write on both PC and Mac.
I have this same problem. I'm confused, do I need to use a Mac to convert the footage? Is there any way to do this all from a PC? Ideally, I'd like to just install the codecs into my system so that PP can just import the files directly. Is that not possible?
I'm confused, do I need to use a Mac to convert the footage?
Is there any way to do this all from a PC?
Ideally, I'd like to just install the codecs into my system so that PP can just import the files directly. Is that not possible?