I decide to start this thread to share the tips and explain the issue with using Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 in HDV editing.
Premiere CS3 steps backward in HDV capturing. The option for scene detection is grey out as well as abort capture during drop frame. Also, during capturing, you will not be able to see a live preview. It will display a blue screen with multiple languages saying Premiere is operating media hardware.
A lot of us like to use the free utility HDVSplit to perform capture. It gives you scene detection as well as preview. Premiere captures .mpeg file whereas HDVSplit does .m2t. They are the same thing.
Upon a .m2t or .mpeg file being imported to the timeline, Premiere will start to perform 3 tasks
2. Audio conforming
3. Generating peak file
These process can last for hours depends on the length of the footage. You can check the progress status on the lower right corner. Before these processes finished, you won't be able to edit the footage.
If you start messing with the clips, saving, closing, existing and restarting, these processes will never be finished. It will go into a continuous loop. To avoid this, don't touch anything until these pre-processing procedures are done.
If you experience the compulsive conforming loop, quit Premiere. Locate the scratch disk folder and delete those files. Restart Premiere, load the project and don't touch it.
This is another Premiere bug being reported and regenerated by Adobe developers. Hopefully it will be fixed soon. If your HDV mpeg file has any dropouts, right after that point, audio will become out of sync.
My fix is to use other programs (Procoder, Super) to obtain the audio portion of the clip as a separate file. Import back to the timeline and relink it to the video.
HDV 24P Timeline
Premiere does not come with HDV 24P project preset for editing. You can download from adobe.com the Canon 24F preset.
Kubrickian in this thread found using Adobe HDV60i preset modified to 24fps to edit 24p video suffers from quality loss issue. The issue was fixed using Adobe Canon 24F preset.
You can also download Premiere CS3 3.2 upgrade (see below). It comes with 24p and 30p presets.
Bait-n-Switch / Proxy Editing
You can encode a small/low quality version of the source video to edit with Premiere. In that case, you don't need to a top of the line computer for editing. Once the editing is done, point premiere to the original source file before you render output.
Trick Premiere to generate HDV MPEG file
Follow this tips you can get Premiere to generate the exact HDV standard MPEG file recorded in tape.
Premiere Print to Tape Possible Fix
When printing back to tape, Premiere always stop the recording around 10 minutes. Here's a possible fix but I can't guarantee. I have a higher successful to record a whole one hour tape no problem.
You don't need to pay for expensive video editing keyboard for the job. With Premiere, you can customize all the frequently used shortcut keys to the left side of the keyboard (or right if you are a lefty). Then hold you mouse for all the jogging motion.
** Update on 4/19/2008 ***
Premiere Pro 3.2
This new update include 24p preset so no need to download the Canon 24F preset. It will detect drop out and insert some RED frames to the timeline display. However, it doesn't seem to fix the audio unsync issue.
** Update on 6/2/2008 ***
Exporting Walk Throuugh
This is a thread I tried to assist another member in exporting in Premiere. Hope you will find this useful too.
** Update on 7/23/2008 ***
Which Timeline Preset to use?
In the same project, if you have footages in 60i and 30p (or 50i and 25p), which timeline preset to be used?
Things to remember,
- 30p/25p footage can be edit in 60i/50i timeline no problem
- 60i/50i footage can be edit in 25p/30p but you need to deinterlace the 60i/50i footage. You can do so by right clicking the clip on timeline and choose "Field Options"
- For which timeline to use, pick the format with most of the footage frame rate you shot in. If the majority of footage is 60i/50i, then use a 60i/50i timeline.
- Or, you can think of what's your target output is. If it's for TV/DVD, 60i/50i timeline will be better. For computer/web, 30p/25p timeline will be better.