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    Hello all, this is my first post here!

    I've read loads of places that AVCHD is not supported by Premiere elements (or premiere pro), but in the Elements Data sheet here

    https://store2.adobe.com/cfusion/store/flex/index.cfm?store=OLS-UK&storeclient=flex&di...&view=ols_prod

    It says supported import/export formats includes H.264. I dont get it ... ???

    But if not Adobe for editing, then I'm inclining towards Ulead 11.5 - anyone have anything good to say about it?
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    I just got a copy of Premiere Elements 4 and will be testing it this weekend.

    Premiere Elements or Video Studio will decode h.264 to RGB for processing, then export to your desired format from RGB. The problem is h.264 has significant loss when recoded.

    Other editors will cut on I frames (~half second precision) without loss. Some will cut to a frame within the GOP an only recode that GOP.

    If you intend to filter or add effects, you can't avoid recode of the entire timeline in Elements or Video Studio.
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    thanks edDV, very helpful! (also the link to kiva - something i could def sign up to)

    are you shooting/editing avchd then? is there any way to edit it without further degradation?
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    Originally Posted by angstrom
    thanks edDV, very helpful! (also the link to kiva - something i could def sign up to)

    are you shooting/editing avchd then? is there any way to edit it without further degradation?
    I'm using DV and HDV mostly but have AVCHD and other h.264 clips that I use for evaluation.

    You can cut without loss but not much more. H.264 is designed as a one time distribution format, not a source format.
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