It turns out that Adobe Premiere CS6 does not like 4K footage from the FDR-AX100. Prelude seemed to import it okay, but when I transferred it to Premiere, there was garbage displayed in the Source panel. An image was displayed in the Program panel, but I couldn’t play the footage, even after rendering it. After rendering, it would just jump between two frames and not play anything else.
It seems like you’ll have to get the Creative Cloud if you want to edit 4K (unfortunately, at the moment I can’t as I’m working on a computer behind a network that the IS department won’t approve any cloud-based software.)
One option might be to use DaVinci Resolve to create 1080 footage from the 4K and then edit in Premiere. Final Cut Pro X, fortunately, happily imported the video and lets me edit it.
AVCHD directory in Final Cut Pro
I did find an interesting issue when importing footage into Final Cut Pro. The first time I imported video after shooting only a 4K sequence on the memory card without trouble. Final Cut let me navigate through the memory card to find the .MP4 files, and then import them.
Then I captured some AVCHD footage to do a comparison with the 4K footage. The next time I connected the camera, Final Cut recognized the AVCHD directory, and only displayed that; not letting me see the rest of the directory on the memory card! I imagine there’s a way to tell Final Cut not to do this, but I haven’t found it yet – please email me if you know how!
Copying files to the hard drive
I did solve the problem by manually copying the MP4 files from the memory card to a hard drive and was then able to import them again.
I’m going to reformat the card, as I don’t think I’ll be shooting much AVCHD on this camera anyway (more on that tomorrow), so that will solve the problem anyway.
Importing MP4 files
Next up: Resolution: Yes, 4K does make a difference!