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.


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