I use Premier Pro 2.01 and have recently switched from a SD Widescreen camcorder (Canon ZR700) to a HD 1080i (Sony HDV-SR1). The big difference is that the Sony stores it's files in AVCHD which is based on H.264 codec.
After some pain, I managed to convert the files into divx based avi. But re-encoding took about a week for a four hour clip. I was getting 1-3 fps on the conversion. Totally unacceptable.
Next editing the avi files showed I could no longer view the videos in realtime. The video was choppy at best and in com cases even the audio cut out. It was painful just to do the simplest edit. And that was a SD 4:3 project using the HD video as a source.
My PC is no wimp. It's a dual core 3ghz intel with 2gb ram. I also have three disks in a spanned filesystem dedicated just for video. The video card is a nvidia 6600 GT and the audio is a Creative X-FI. The PC just just reloaded from a fresh install of XP.
So, can anyone please give me an idea where the problem is? Is this expected behavior for my type of machine and this type of video (HD content)?
If so, is there any extra hardware that can greatly improve this situation? Or better yet, a software tweak?
I was not able to playback the HD content in realtime until I installed PowerDVD Ultra. Once I installed that, the videos were finally watchable (fast enough).
I've looked up possible codecs that use video hardware to speed up decoding, but haven't found much yet. I would consider getting a dedicated encoder/decoder card if the price isn't too prohibitive.