Originally Posted by bowmah
Appreciate the feedback here. Great review of 2 externals plus the on-board. Sounds like you are using CS4 or 5 (since you have Soundbooth)? So do you use the bundled software to download video to your computer? If so, does CS5 play nice with the m2ts files?
In fact, could you post a before and after examples of using Soundbooth to remove the fan noise? That would be great.
Now, how do you share? ie. which preset do you use to export CS5 video? Which one would best keep the smooth panning advantage of the 60p videos?
Still debating on whether to purchase the TM700. Some of the video examples clearly show loud fan noise and not just in a quiet environment so I am a little afraid nonetheless.
I use HD Writer AE to copy the files from the camera to the computer. I have an SD card reader and SD card, so I could just copy the MTS files, however, they are then unplayable by anything, so that doesn't seem like the best path. It seems the sensible option is to use HD Writer AE to covert them to m2ts files, as Premier seems to handle both files equally well (or not, as the case appears to be so far).
CS5 I have only tried the downloadable trial. It works better than CS4. But it is far from workable on my PC. The trial however is incomplete and lacks the Quicktime and other HD codecs that comes with the production version. So it's not a good test unfortunately.
With Premiere there are two sets of presets to mess around with, first is the project setup, which you have to create before you start the project. I've used the "Desktop" option, set the frame rate to 59.94, and set the size to 1920 by 1080, then used 60fps drop code for the timebase. Set the audio master to 5.1, and tried various preview settings. If you set it to either the 8bit or 10bit uncompressed formats you use around 16GB/min or 20GB/min for preview files, which unless you have a very fast RAID-0 array you disks won't keep up. The next hurdle appears to be the motherboard or chipset IO bus, as even though my disks can keep up, I can't smoothly play preview files. The other alternative is using MPEG I-Frames only for previews, this "works" i.e. it displays only the I-Frames (I think every 5th frame) but premiere fails to render transitions, so you're editing blind and can't preview any transitions or edits other than simple cuts. i.e. basically useless.
I hope CS5 is better, but the trial is so de-featured I couldn't verify that it is.
Then there are the output parameters when you export your timeline. The only format that I've found to actually work is Windows Media, choosing all the highest settings, however, I'm not entirely pleased with the quality.
I wish I knew the actual settings of the MPEG format of the original 1080p60 files, and could thus choose that format for the output from Premiere. I'm sure that would work best.