XDCAM and Premiere Pro 3.2

by David Helmly


April 13, 2008


Intro to PremierePro CS3 and XDCAM, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM EX support
For Intel Macs and Windows XP/Visa (Version 3.2.0)

What’s New ?
With Premiere Pro CS3 and the 3.2.0 update, you can now natively Ingest, and Edit Sony’s XDCAM (DVCAM), XDCAM HD, and XDCAM EX format. Just as you would expect from Adobe and the Premiere Pro team, just drag and drop directly from the card into the Project Panel and start editing. No need to transcode your video with “wacky” single platform codec’s and no need to worry about .mov and .avi files – just edit ! There are also more updates to the MPEG-2 (HDV) editing modes. For more info jump to the “What’s New in the 3.2.0 release?” section and read about new Fixes, Known Issues, and more.

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With Sony’s XDCAM EX format, making quick rough cuts directly from your Sony EX camera is a snap . YES – you can edit directly from the Sony SxS Pro card in your laptop or a simple USB 2.0 cable connected to your camera. When you return to your studio, simply copy the Premiere Pro project file from your laptop to your desktop via a standard USB2.0 Thumb drive or Network connection.

Premiere Pro project files typically range from 1MB to 20MB in size (Projects do not include video assets, only Titler Titles). With Sony’s SxS Pro memory cards you can use various Express Card readers that are available to help you transfer your video to your desktop or simply use any USB 2.0 cable connected to your EX camera and transfer.

Here is an Adobe XDCAM workflow guide we put together to help answer some basic questions.


For this video I had the opportunity to try out the new Sony PMW-EX1 camera (http://sony.com/xdcamex) The camera is an amazing step up from the Sony Z1U (HDV) with full 1920x1080i , 1080P and lots of flexible frame rates. There are too many feature to list here but I highly recommend taking a look at the Sony brochure which is available in PDF format.

Download it here:

For a great intro FAQ from Sony on XDCAM go here:

There are two featured videos for Premiere Pro 3.2.0.
The first video shows off the new XDCAM support and the second video “MixItUp” shows using XDCAM EX, Panasonic P2, HDV, and standard DV on the same timeline with no special codecs.

When using mixed format media/clips the first thing to keep in mind is that you need to pick an editing environment or in Premiere Pro terms, a Preset.

For example, if most of my footage is Sony XDCAM EX at 1920×1080 60i, then choosing the Sony EX 1920×1080 60i Preset would mean that those clips would not need to re-render or scale to another size or aspect ratio (no redline) .

If I wanted to downscale my HD footage to SD, then I might choose a DV WideScreen 16:9 Preset and use the Scale to Frame Size feature (Right Mouse Click on any clip on the timeline) and Premiere Pro will scale the clip to match the Preset. Another tip to remember is the Aspect Ratio for the Preset and the clips you are importing. Panasonic P2 1280×1080 uses a 1.5 aspect ratio while DV 16:9 uses a 1.2 aspect ratio so you may not be able to see the entire frame edge to edge. Premiere will handle this for you, just keep aspect ratios in mind. For more info and see it in action, watch the video.
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Here’s a quick video showing the new XDCAM in action.

CHECK OUT Video 1:
Intro to Adobe XDCAM Editing:

CHECK OUT Video 2:

MixItUP !

Available Presets for XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD (XDCAM users can any Preset DV NTSC for DVCAM Mode).


Viewing the Metadata (right Click on the clip in the Media Bin and select Properties)

What’s New in the 3.2.0 release?

The 3.2.0 update adds compatibility with the Sony XDCAM range of cameras. This includes disc-based XDCAM and XDCAM HD cameras., and the newer SxS-based XDCAM EX cameras. Content from XDCAM cameras can be imported and edited natively without transcoding or conversion. This makes possible similar workflows to Panasonic P2, including the ability to edit content directly from XDCAM EX cameras.

Note: Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 3.2 does not support IMX editing or XDCAM HD50 editing at this time. Export to XDCAM is also not possible.

Adobe Premiere Pro now has presets for HDV 24p. Note: Adobe Premiere Pro does NOT support print to tape in 24p mode.

Improved handling of MPEG streams (e.g.: HDV video), along with error detection. MPEG stream errors can occur during recording due to tape dropouts, record start/stop glitches, timecode breaks, etc. Bad frames caused by these MPEG stream errors are identified during import/indexing or playback. These frames will play back as full red frames to alert the user that there is a problem in the encoded video at that location.
Adobe Premiere Pro will also log error messages to the Events panel, indicating where the error(s) were encountered in the stream. Users can open the Events panel, determine the location of the MPEG stream error, navigate to that location in the clip and take corrective action, such as trimming out the video glitch or covering up the red frames with duplicated good frames copied from before or after the glitch.
Note: MPEG files will need to be re-indexed to take advantage of the improvements in Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 3.2.0 For more information, please see Working with MPEG Files.

Notable fixes
Titles/Footage show up as offline when reloading saved projects.

Rendered preview files will be missing when reloading saved projects.

Certain filters and/or transitions aren’t applied correctly when reloading saved projects, until the timeline is forcibly refreshed.

When exporting via the Adobe Media Encoder, a long delay would occur before the progress dialog would show &
rendering resumed (Mac OS 10.5.x only).

24p HDV clips shot on a Canon XH A1 come in incorrectly as 30 fps clips.

Creating an offline clip in the project window, then attempting to link it to media on disk would trigger a crash in
Adobe Premiere Pro.

QT PAL movies rendered out of Adobe After Effects® software would be incorrectly identified as requiring rendering in a Adobe Premiere Pro PAL project.

DV Clips of certain specific durations would be incorrectly identified on the timeline as requiring rendering.

For P2 DVCPro clips, the right-most pixel column contained video garbage.
Fixed a memory fragmentation problem that would occur with projects with many custom bin columns.

Fixed a bug where exporting to a QuickTime movie (with QT 7.4) would crash the application.

Selecting "display only exact name matches" when relinking clip no longer crashes on Leopard.

Fixed an issue where 30p and 30f HDV clips would incorrectly be identified as requiring rendering in a 29.97 progressive project.

Known Issues

For Batch Capture of 24p, 24f, 30p and 30f HDV clips, it is recommended to manually capture clips one at a time or capture the entire tape or portions of the tape and edit the captured clips manually. Using Sub-clips from the captured clips can help remedy the issues with batch capture and organization of the clips in the project.


Download the PremierePro 3.2.0 Update for XDCAM Support and Improved HDV support

Note: Updates will not install on trial versions due to license restrictions


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