I'm having trouble getting MTS files to play back smoothly. What I found around here is that it pertains mostly to older Vegas versions which do not handle these file types natively (< v.9 I think). I have Vegas Pro 12 but playback is still incredibly choppy.
I did confirm to adapt the timeline to the media format.
Should I convert these files to something else then? Normally, we use an EX1R around here and of course there are no problems with that. Some AVCHD footage is needed, however, which was shot in 1080i.
I'm using a Quadcore Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31220 @ 3.10GHz, 3101 MHz with 8G of RAM.
The AVCHD files come from a Panasonic 'prosumer' camcorder, HDC-SD300.
I've never converted anything around here, because we always shoot on a Sony EX1R which of course works just like that. Is this something that can be done within Vegas? I'm pretty much stuck here at work with what we've got and do not have access to add apps to the system.
[Stefan Schramm]"I'm using a Quadcore Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31220 @ 3.10GHz, 3101 MHz with 8G of RAM."
That's quite an old CPU from back in 2011 that doesn't support hyper threading so you have 4 cores with only 4 threads. The Passmark score is 6117 so it's not a powerful system by today's standards. In fact, it's not very fast back in it's day. By comparison, my 2010 Mac Pro's Intel Xeon X5670 @ 2.93GHz benchmark at 12749. I'm just saying this to give you perspective. An Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.30GHz is more powerful than your Xeon and I would always recommend at least a Core i7 for working with AVCHD because it has 4 core with 8 threads. Decoding AVCHD requires all the CPU power you can throw at it.
[Stefan Schramm]"The AVCHD files come from a Panasonic 'prosumer' camcorder, HDC-SD300."
This can also add to the difficulty in decoding. While other manufacturers supported the H.264 Main-Profile Level 4.1, Panasonic stuck with Level 4.0. I'm not sure what Vegas Pro has been optimized for which is why I made the statement "I've stuck with Sony cameras" because I know those file formats get tested and H.264 is such a huge specification that no software can support it all. Sony and Panasonic don't exactly have a close relationship and Vegas Pro has always been slow to support Panasonic formats but Vegas Pro 12.0 should be find with them.
[Stefan Schramm]"I've never converted anything around here, because we always shoot on a Sony EX1R which of course works just like that. Is this something that can be done within Vegas? I'm pretty much stuck here at work with what we've got and do not have access to add apps to the system."
I would say it's time for a new, more powerful, computer if you want to work with AVCHD or keep using the Sony EX1R if you can't upgrade. In the mean time, you might want to convert the AVCHD footage to Sony MXF so that it plays back smoother. Just place the AVCHD files on the timeline and render to Sony MXF HD422 or even the XDCAM format that the EX1R uses. You can even use the Batch Render script that comes with Vegas Pro to place all of the AVCHD files on the timeline, manually create regions around each clip, and batch render the regions to separate files.
Thanks for your insights, John. My own system is a Mac also (and I convert everything to Prores there).
Here at work I can only use what I am given. The Panasonic footage is a one time glitch though, so yes, just putting it in the timeline and rendering it is the best option. I should have thought of that, alas... I did not.
That will do it and then I'm back to the EX1 anyway.