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Gary Lockhart
Sony NX5U and Premiere Pro CS6
on May 13, 2013 at 10:57:54 pm

Hi all,

About two months ago, I purchased 2 Sony NX5U cameras along with SD cards and the flash drive unit. Overall I am very pleased with the cameras.

This past Saturday I finally got the chance to film a high school graduation using both cameras. I used the software that came with the camera to join the clips into 1 clip per camera.

I fired up Premiere Pro CS6 and imported the files. Everything was going well until I tried scrubbing the files on the timeline. I experienced extreme sluggishness, the dreaded "media offline" messages and audio playing but video not. Things improved somewhat after the conforming of the files, but sluggishness and video lockup remained.

After doing some searches on Google, I found out that Adobe Premiere Pro has a problem with long avchd files. I verified this by loading a short clip from the camera and it scrubbed and played considerably better than the longer file.

My question is this: what is a good workaround for editing long avchd files? I tried converting the files to another format, but that process takes a long time.

Gary Lockhart



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Kevin Monahan
Re: Sony NX5U and Premiere Pro CS6
on May 13, 2013 at 11:05:10 pm

[Gary Lockhart] "My question is this: what is a good workaround for editing long avchd files? I tried converting the files to another format, but that process takes a long time.
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Sorry for the trouble. Transcoding is the best option, for now. More info here: http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/kb/audio-video-glitches-avchd.html#id_4...

Kevin Monahan
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Gary Lockhart
Re: Sony NX5U and Premiere Pro CS6
on May 14, 2013 at 10:53:46 am

Thanks for the information. I loaded the files into Adobe Media Encoder and let it run overnight.

BTW, is Adobe Media Encoder the best software to use for transcoding quality wise?

Gary Lockhart



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Jeff Pulera
Re: Sony NX5U and Premiere Pro CS6
on May 14, 2013 at 2:42:44 pm

Hi Gary,

My own cameras are HDV, but I recently rented an AX-2000 for a weekend stage event, which was a play at 2+ hours. Same camera as yours basically. The general rule with AVCHD files and Premiere is to do the following - do NOT run the camera software utility to process or join files!

Rather, COPY the ENTIRE CONTENTS of the memory card to your PC hard drive. Do not pick and choose files, but copy the Root directory over with everything intact. Then in Premiere, rather than "Import", use the "Media Browser" to bring in the clips.

I did this and it worked flawlessly in CS6. The play had an intermission, so I had two 16GB SDHC cards, each with just over an hour of continuous video on them. In Premiere, I was seeing just one clip name for each, not all the smaller parts, so Premiere is being intelligent in knowing how to handle the clip joining behind the scenes.

Playback was smooth, no sync issues or hiccups between clips, totally seamless and pleasant experience on a 2-year-old Core i7-2600 machine. Was a two-camera shoot and was mixing the AVCHD with HDV clips.

Thanks

Jeff Pulera
Safe Harbor Computers


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Kevin Monahan
Re: Sony NX5U and Premiere Pro CS6
on May 14, 2013 at 8:44:31 pm

Thanks for the workflow advice, Jeff. Sounds like good blog fodder.

Kevin Monahan
Social Support Lead
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Systems, Inc.
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Chris Borjis
Re: Sony NX5U and Premiere Pro CS6
on May 16, 2013 at 8:39:13 pm

I have an NX5U.

when i import the way jeff suggests, some of the .mts files don't import.

I then have to manually copy them over.


hope this is fixed in CC



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Daniel Renaud
Re: Sony NX5U and Premiere Pro CS6
on May 20, 2013 at 12:34:44 pm

Chris, the reason some clips look like they aren't imported using the Media Browser is that Premiere is correctly identifying which clips are too long and only importing the first clip number of a sequence of spanned clips. For example you shoot a 40 minute clip on your camera which spans maybe 3 MTS files (1,2,3 for example).

Media browser will identify that this a spanned clip and import only #1, but this clip named #1 will contain all the content of 1,2 and 3. This is the right way to do it since it was meant to be one 40 minute clip not 3 different clips.


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Gary Lockhart
Re: Sony NX5U and Premiere Pro CS6
on May 24, 2013 at 11:51:37 pm

Thank you so much for the information. I will use Media Browser instead of using the Sony software.

Gary Lockhart



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