Importing files from SD card into Prem CS6

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Magic Pete
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A colleague bought an inexpensive camcorder that shoots in HD. The files are on an SD card. He is having problems in getting the files into his editing programme. I have borrowed the camera and taken a selection of shots and imported them onto the hard drive on my PC, but I can’t get them into my Premiere CS6 (I am very new to CS6) The camera instr. booklet states these files are 1920x1080 30fps.There is a small illustration showing 1080P. In Explorer the files are shown as File xxxxx.avi and that they are 1920x1080 29fps.  All the files show and play fine in Windows Media Player.
When attempting to import them into CS6 from the media browser I get the error message ‘Unsupported Format or damaged file’.

I have spent hours exploring the masses of import settings for a Premiere project but absolutely no luck. Can any one tell me the correct import settings in Prem CS6 for these files please.  Pete

 
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Re: Importing files from SD card into Prem CS6
Can you tell us what the camera actually is? The 30fps thing isn't the issue, because it's usually the quick term for 29.97 - that's what your files really are. 
 
avi is also confusing, as it's technically called a wrapper - sort of a container for a video file, and almost certainly this is the snag - SD avis tended to be uncompressed, so were just able to be brought straight in. Your avi could well be a compressed format even an mpeg. So if you tell us what the camera is we can suggest options for you. Almost certainly you are using one of the preset formats from the list. Media Encoder is always a good way of looking at the inside of a file - as it tells you a bit more about the fine detail.
 
As a guess, I wonder if your camera is using AVCHD as a format, which can (I think) be presented as an avi file? I'd certainly try one of those options ?
Mark M
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Re: Importing files from SD card into Prem CS6
"Import setting" is a redundant concept in recent versions of most NLEs, Premiere CS6 included.
 
When you point Premiere's media browser at the file choosing the option Files of type "All Files" and View As File Directory  do you get a thumbnail preview or a yellow box with the words "media pending"?

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Magic Pete
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Re: Importing files from SD card into Prem CS6
Thanks for replies. The camera is Silvercrest. HD Camcorder. SCAZ 5.00 B2. One of Lidl specials . . . 
 
When you point Premiere's media browser at the file choosing the option Files of type "All Files" and View As File Directory  do you get a thumbnail preview or a yellow box with the words "media pending"?   I see neither of the above. What I see  for each file is a small graphic like an SD card with the letter AVI at its base. The at the bottom of that file window I see Filexxxxxx.AVI  Thats for taking an interest.   Pete
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Re: Importing files from SD card into Prem CS6
These small HDV cameras record in mpeg or avchd.  These formats have meta files (info files) as well as
video files.  Make sure you are not trying to view the meta files instead of the video files.  Try doubleclicking
on the video files and see if they play in windows media player.  If they don't you may not have the codec installed
on your pc to play these files.  You can download a free prog called GSPOT.  This can view all media files and will
tell you which codec it uses, and if you have it installed on your pc.
 
Lastly, does the clips play on the camcorder?  Did the camcorder come with playing software?
 
It's possible that the files have been corrupted.
 
Hope this helps.

Mike

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Re: Importing files from SD card into Prem CS6
Pete, in my experience if Premiere doesn't see them as video files in the Media Browser doing exactly what you've done, then it won't import them.
So stop struggling!
I suggest that the best thing to do is to transcode them to something else using a free program like MPEGStreamclip

You can then import into Premiere and edit.

 

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Re: Importing files from SD card into Prem CS6
Thanks again. I have played the files in Windows Media Player with no problems. I have played back the files in the camera, so all seems well on that part.
I have down loaded and tried the MGEGStreamclip programme, but at the moment not having much luck, but that is more than likely my duff attempts. Will keep trying with that.

What I have found, is that on my other PC I have Win Live Movie Maker and the files import and play into that with no problem.

I will repeat that all this is not for my benefit but for the owner of the camera who is having the problem.
Thanks again. Pete