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How to simulate a Sony Vaio PC?

Hello,
I would like to install the Vaio Edit Components 6.3 on my Intel iMac, since I need to edit AVCHD material in Adobe Premiere Pro, BUT when I try to install it I get the message:

"This program runs on Sony Vaio computers only. This computer is not recognized as a Sony Vaio computer."

I found out that two files called "Sonychk.dll" and "dmicall.vxd" or "dmicall.sys" are responsible for checking, whether the machine is a Sony Vaio PC or not.

My question is now, how to simulate a Sony Vaio PC, so that I can FINALLY install the Vaio Edit Components on my iMac?

Thanks!
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garycaseCommented:
The Sony-specific versions of the software shipped with the VAIO are tied to special strings within the BIOS => so there's no simple solution to forcing them to run on other systems.   Most of the major PC vendors (Sony, Dell, HP, etc.) do this ... it allows them to offer attractive packages of software at very low cost.

If you don't want to purchase Premier Pro for your iMac, there are less expensive alternatives to editing native AVCHD material.   Here's one that only requires the purchase of PowerDVD Ultra => the other components you need are freeware:
http://www.jakeludington.com/camcorder/20070118_how_to_edit_avchd_m2ts_files_from_sony_hdrsr1_camcorders.html
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garycaseCommented:
If you already have Premier Pro on your iMac, this may also work:

(1)  Download and install the free AviSynth from http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Avisynth

(2)  Copy the "IM-Avisynth.prm" in to the Premiere plugins folder

You also need an AVCHD codec installed ==> apparently the trial version of QuickTime Pro includes one ... so if you install that plus the AviSynth plugin then Premier Pro should be able to edit the AVCHD files for you.

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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
Thank you garycase!
I will try that out!
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
He garycase,

thanks again for that solution. Unfortunately, I can't find the "IM-Avisynth.prm" file after the installation of avisynth. Any chance you know where to find it?
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
Never mind, sorry. Just found it.
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
Hi Gary,
after installing Avisynth, copying "IM-Avisynth.prm" and having already installed QT Pro, I still couldn't import *.mts or *.m2ts files into Premiere Pro because it didn't support it.
Any idea what could've been wrong?
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garycaseCommented:
Afraid not ==> I found the details on that in a newsgroup last night where they were discussing editing AVCHD files, but can't seem to find it again now.   Perhaps QT Pro does not have an AVCHD codec after all ... in which case you'll have to buy one.    

You might want to read the first link I posted and consider doing your editing with the same process the poster used.
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
Hi Gary,
yes, I checked that link but I already found another solution to convert the AVCHD raw material into mpeg or avi. That's not the problem. It is simply very annoying, that Sony is so ignorant and denies the usage of their already released tool to import AVCHD material from their camcorders into Adobe software. I mean, I would even be ready to pay for it, but no, now everytime I want to edit the material I either have to convert the *.mts files or use the aweful software, Sony provides. I'm really mad...

But thanks to you Gary, I'll accept your way as the solution. But I've got one more little question. As I already installed "Vaio Edit Components 5.0" and only lack of the possibility to install the upgrade to 6.3, is there any way to open up the installation file of 6.3, to manually install it?
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garycaseCommented:
I don't have the Vaio Edit software, so I'm not sure whether or not 6.3 will "gracefully" install over 5.0 or not.   ... and I simply don't know if you can manually overwrite the previous version.

From your question ... and from the various posts I read in various other forums while researching this for you ... it's clear that Sony didn't do a very good job of making this new format accessible to the better editing tools => one would think they'd certainly be sure there was a Premier importing utility !!
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