Does not the camera come with software to do that for you?
Premiere Pro does this automatically...if you do things right.
First, copy the entire contents of the SD card onto the hard drive, not just the media clips.
Second, use the Media Browser to import your footage.
That's it. If you do that, PP will see the segments as one long clip, fully intact.
Interesting possibility....but remember, there is no SD card to deal with here, this is a 120-G hard drive system, and I never remove all the contents since the hard drive collects recorded data from many different and separate recording projects, and that may span a fair amount of time. Hence, only the files pertaining to the project at hand for editing are needed or copied and pasted into Premiere at any one time.
Are you saying that PMB does some of this work for Premiere, (which I have never heard), or is the merging a Premiere function? Because when a shooting exercise may result in manually pausing and recording by the shooter, he is then creating the required segments on purpose, (not to be merged), and that is quite different from the camera's recording only 2-GB segments of a long form shoot, to accommodate its own processing requirements.
If you want things to work properly, you need to copy the top level folder, not just the media clips you need. You may have to adjust your work flow to emptying the hard drive after every shoot. Don't just keep adding clips.
The merging is a PP function, but it needs metadata in the other folders to do this. That's why you copy everything, not just the media.
PP is smart enough to only merge files that were intended to be one long clip. It never merges clips formed between a stop/start.
Thank you so much, Jim.....will definitely give that a go and then get back with results.