7 05 2009

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} catch(err) {}ADOBE PREMIERE CS4 VIDEO FORMAT WORK AROUND After purchasing a new SONY AVCHD format Handycam and discovering it’s .m2ts files were not compatible with CS3 Premiere, I took it back to the store and down traded to a standard definition Sony DCR-SR220. I believed it would be compatible with its straightforward and “old” .mpeg files … too bad … it wasn’t either. Since installing CS4 I have discovered that Premiere is now compatible with a range of AVCHD formats and my old but new SONY Hi Def camera would have worked fine … aarrrggghhh! So began the long process of trying to find a workaround. 100’s of forums, trials of 3rd party video transcoders and many frustrating hours later the solution is found. The solution makes you wonder why Adobe never included such an ability in their own encoding software. Microsoft comes to the rescue with Windows Movie Maker embedded in their OS. Here are the simple steps to making your Mpegs useable in Premiere CS4

 1. Open Windows Movie Maker.

2. Import the .mpeg files that you want to use in Premierre.

3. Drag the .mpeg files into the timeline of Movie Maker.

4. Publish the movie to your computer.

5. Choose the format “DV .avi PAL and choose the location of your outputted .avi files.

6. Continue with publishing process until it is finished.

7. Close Movie Maker.

8. Open Premiere.

9. Import the newly created .avi files, drag them into the timeline and hey presto they have sound and they have the same quality that they were created with.

10. Sit pondering why Adobe didn’t make a transcoder that could handle .mpegs as part of its media encoder. Go figure.

P.S.  Managed to import Mpegs straight from my sony camera into Premiere with sound intact.  All working fine.  Those updates must really work.  Sigh… 🙂




6 responses

21 05 2009

Er… doesn’t this downsample the videos from HD to SD (DV PAL)?

21 05 2009

Possibly but I was only working with standard Def MPEGs and the quality seemed identical in every way – sound, picture, resolution etc. ( I could be wrong) I am just waiting for next years budget to go and buy a new SONY HD again so I wont have to fuss with transcoding to get it to work in Premierre. All my old HD footage from the avchd SONY works fine in CS4 Premierre now so they obviously caved into pressure from the many users who bought the top end HD home video cameras expecting to be able to use them with Premierre.

8 06 2009

There is even a simpler method! Just remane the extension to .avi. The remaned file will open up in Premiere CS4 with out issues!!!

11 06 2009

Doesnt work – tried it.

11 06 2009

MPEG is compressed video anyway. If you are working with raw .avi from tape or High Definition AVCHD .m2ts you are going to get better quality and you are going to have compatibility with Premiere CS4.

14 06 2009
davy boy

then movie maker crashes and premiere fails and a windows eror shows up. solution = get hammer smash the daylight out of pc then buy mac with final cut pro. WARNING macs fails at gaming it up

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