We bought a nice new high end consumer camera - the Panasonic HC X900M . For the price of about $800 this little camera shoots sharp, crisp, colorful, high definition video. My son is spending a year in China and did not want a large camera. Anyway....
It shoots in these modes I believe: 1080p and 1080i . So far so good. The video looks great. We get it into the computer. We did not want to buy a professional level video editing system / software.... So we have ADOBE Elements 10 (I believe it is 10 or 9). (I use CS6 and like Adobe editing.)
ELEMENTS does not work with 1080p. So we've decided to shoot in 1080i.
We bring the video clips into Elements. The settings for the project MUST MATCH the video shot... we understand that. The camera has different settings for 1080i shooting. They are HA HG HX HE = different mbps. (Here is a link to the specifications in case you cannot read the jpeg) http://panasonic.net/avc/camcorder/hd/x900_series/specifications.html
project at 1080i DV. Can't remember if it was 60i or 30i ? (I don't have his computer here with me...I cannot verify exact project settings. We tried a few)
Does Elements support this camera's settings for video? In this case 1920 x 1080 60i ? (list above) Can Elements support any of these, and how? I assume so, but if one mode in particular should be used, please advise.
For testing we shot in HA I believe to get as much quality in 1080i. We edited a test sequence. It looks and sounds great, plays back just fine in laptop software. Then we export. (The goal is to compress down to the internet Youtube best quality.) We first go to export to Youtube / Web. But Adobe will not ACCEPT his user name and password. We cannot log on to Youtube. Yes, the password is correct. So that does not work. Strike one.
We decide to export to desktop. We try H.264 and try to set the settings correctly, but every attempt at every setting, results in bad interlaced video. Strike two. There are many many options for export settings. We have tried a great number of options.
Any settings suggestions to make this work? Besides deinterlacing every single clip on the timeline? Or is that the only option.
Is there any editing software you can recommend - not high end professional - that will work?
Thanks for the help.
Premiere Elements can definitely work with video from this camcorder shot in 1920x1080 AVCHD at 60i. It also appears that your cam can shoot in both stereo and 5.1 audio, both of which Premiere Elements can support -- but take note of which you select so that you can match these specs when you set up your program.
Currently Premiere Elements doesn't support 1920x1080 at 60p -- that consumer interest in that format is growing, so you may well see support for it in an upcoming version of the program.
Most professional video editors will work with 1080p60, including Premiere Pro CS6 and Vegas Pro.
As for the different quality levels of your video, that's your call. The program should be able to work with any of them. But if you want the best results, I'd use the highest bit rate/quality.