I'm new to Premiere Pro. Using CS5.5. I'm shooting 1080i AVCHD footage on site for a production. I burn everything to DVD when I come from the shoot. I copy my footage directly from the harddrive of the camera (Sony HDR XR-200) to my RAID1. I would like to be able to cut the head and the tail of some of my clips once copied to the computer to save a little space and make the clips a little easier to handle. How do I do this? The files are all MTS/m2TS (MPEG-2 H.264 AVCHD subset) I could trim them on the camera but that would be a pain and I'd prefer to be working on my 1920 by 1080 monitor when I'm making those kind of decisions. I thought of Quicktime but it doesn't like the files. I need something quick and dirty. Thx.
There is no quick and dirty way to achieve that. Well, there is one solution: get more and bigger disks. AVCHD is a long GOP format, so changing even a single frame requires re-encoding of the complete clip, causing a generation loss and thus costs you quality. Stay away from QuiRckTime as much as possible, since it is a 32 bit application, that defeats the 64 bit nature of PR.
I need something quick
Buy a bigger hard drive.
Seriously. Don't go down this path with AVCHD. Either shoot less (only what you need) or get more storage. Those are your best options here.