I am trying to import some footage into Premiere CS5. The footage was recorded on a Sony Z1 as HDV 1080i. My camera man captured the video into a series of files for me. He claimed they were in "native HDV 1080i" files. The files play fine in VLC.
When I try to import them I get an error claiming the file is unsupported.
I used ffmpeg to get the information about the file. It claimes it is
mpeg2video (Main) (hdv3 / 0x33766468):
Input #0, mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2, from 'part i': Metadata: major_brand : qt minor_version : 537199360 compatible_brands: qt creation_time : 2011-10-26 07:09:12 Duration: 00:15:05.36, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 26541 kb/s Stream #0:0(eng): Video: mpeg2video (Main) (hdv3 / 0x33766468), yuv420p, 144 0x1080 [SAR 4:3 DAR 16:9], 25000 kb/s, 25 fps, 25 tbr, 25 tbn, 50 tbc Metadata: creation_time : 2011-10-26 07:09:12 Stream #0:1(eng): Audio: pcm_s16le (sowt / 0x74776F73), 48000 Hz, 2 channels, s16, 1536 kb/s Metadata: creation_time : 2011-10-26 07:09:12 Stream #0:2(eng): Data: none (tmcd / 0x64636D74) Metadata: creation_time : 2011-10-26 08:06:48
Obviously I am going to need to install a codec, or convert the videos. But I'm not sure how to d this.
I had a go at using ffmpeg to convert: ffmpeg -i "part i" -s 640x360 -sameq -acodec copy part_i.avi That didn't work. It created a file that I could import as an audio file, but with no video.
Any help would be appreciated. If it turns out I need to re-encode it would be great if you could make a suggestion of what codec to use and what tool to use.