sorry for the AVCHD typo.
All those cameras work with PR.
Sony's website says that Sony AVCHD files cannot be imported into computers.
Nonsense. A simple file copy is enough to put the material on your hard disk for editing.
Sony's website says that Sony AVCHD files cannot be imported into computers. I have searched everywhere and I cannot find the answer. There is no point in buying this camcorder if I cannot import ACVHD files into CS5.5.
I use PPro on a Mac instead of Windows, but the computing platform is irrelevant for your question. I'm with Harm: Sony's statement is pure bunk. I have 2 Sony Handycams that cut to AVCHD, and all I do is remove the SD card from the camera, then pop it into a card reader on my Mac. Then I copy the entire filesystem over, and voila: I can edit it in PPro.
If the camera you're looking at doesn't cut to SD but instead to its own internal drive, then you'll need to connect the camera itself to the computer via USB. It should appear to your computer as a removable drive, allowing you to copy the files over.
I've got the older version of that Sony camera and it works perfectly in PrPro... just plug it up via USB, copy the whole file system, and import with PrPro's Media Browser. FWIW, no need to copy the whole file system unless you're capturing meta data that you want to save... A simple MTS file will open just fine, but if you want that meta data then you need to copy the whole file system and leave it intact. Adobe's Media Browser will automatically detect the file system in place and show you the clips to import.