It was my understanding that OnLocation would only work at standard definition.
The OnLocation CS5 manual/help files describe it working with Hi-def files also, including instructions for improving computer performance (turning off anti-virus software, etc) to accommodate the high file transfer rate.
Did you get an answer to this? I have the same camera and am facing similar results. No image - You can select the panasonic camera in the monitor window but no image appears. All the references are extremely vague - I agree. It is as if Adobe assumes the product just works. I have checked the minimum requirements provided by adobe and your system and mine are almost identical so it could be s windows settings issue. I wonder if opening OL as administrator would help?
As a DVCPRO HD camera, the 170 is supported. OL CS5 also supports live monitoring and direct-to-disc recording of DV & HDV as well as ingest and playback of AVCHD and XDCAM EX content.
The most likely cause of video not showing in OnLocation is that the camera is set to one of the Native frame rates. When that's the case, Panasonic cameras stop sending the video stream out via FireWire, so there's simply no signal for OnLocation to receive. The solution is to change the frame rate to a non-native setting . Note that at 720 24P and 30P, OL records only the flagged frames, so you get the same savings in file size as when recording to the P2 card in a native frame rate.
Sometimes it is easy to forget stuff like that! I waqs preparing for a live shoot using 720 30pN which actually gave me much more recording time than 30p did on the p2cards...in anycase I knew that about the native settings....duh - I normally shoot in 1080 30p - but had been test shooting for the event in 30pn. So I didn't even check! Nice to know about the 30p in OL too.
I do have a question about the AVI files that Onlocation records - I am very happy with the idea of recording direct- I was wondering what the specs are (4:2:2 ?) and if I should edit them in PP under DVCPRO HD (using settings from the camera) or if there was a better editing codec for those....thanks!
Also, During the shoot I transferred the files from the PMCIA adapter into a hard drive....can I ingest them with OL instead? Would that result in an AVI or the full p2 file?
OL dumps the data stream to disc without even touching it. To be more explicit, the app does not decode and re-encode the video. So the specs of the resulting clips will be exactly what's coming from the camera.
I'm not sure what you mean when you ask "if I should edit them in PP under DVPRO HD," particularly when you then refer to the codec. If you're asking which sequence preset to use, then that has more to do with your eventual output format than with the nature of the content. PPRO allows you to include any combination of content types on a given sequence. Moreover, the sequence properties have nothing to do with the codec that PPRO uses to decode assets in the timeline; the app uses the appropriate codec for each asset. So the closest I can come to recommending a sequence preset is that you work backwards from the settings to which you'll be encoding when all is said and done. If you plan to encode to a variety of settings, then go with the highest resolution, frame rate, etc.
To your last question, the answer depends on what you mean by "ingest." OnLocation provides no means for copying content from the camera's media onto a computer. For that step in the process, you can use the file browser or a utility like P2 Viewer -- or Adobe Prelude, the latest addition to Production Premium, which is all about ingesting video... Once you have the content on your computer, OnLocation can play the clips. The app does not alter the clips, so assuming they come off the camera as MXF files in the P2 folder structure, that's what you'll end up with.