We have the latest version of Premiere Elements 11. We are going to purchase a new HD camcorder. We are considering a Canon M500. How compatible is this camcorder with Premiere Elements?
The M500 is a low-end HD camcorder that saves its video to an SD. Canon claims its video is AVC compatible MP4s, which should work in Premiere Elements 11, assuming you've got an adequately powered computer. (A quad core or i7 processor with 4 gigs of RAM would be best.)
I have an iMac 2.8 GHZ Intel Core i7 with 8 GB of RAM. So, I have plenty for that. I just want to make sure that I'll be able to import the video into Premier Elements without a problem.
We don't want a high end, but this is a mid-range, not a low end consumer camcorder.
It would be nice if it took as good a video as my full-size Panasonic VHS camcorder did 25 years ago. Canon's 8mm tapes only came close. Panasonics SDR - HD digital camcorder has been the worst yet.
I just returned a Sony 260 that did lousy in rooms with just overhead lighting, and even worse with lower light. I'm hoping that this Canon will work for what my family has to spend.
It's sad that nothing yet has come close to the family videos that I took 10 - 25 years ago on VHS tapes, all converted to DVD now.
This Canon his high-def, so it should be a significant improvement over your VHS -- like about 16 times the resolution!
But ask your dealer if you can take it for a test drive first. I think you'll be pleased. (Though not as much as if you purchased a standard AVCHD camcorder, like the Canon Vixia HF series [as opposed to the HF M series].)
Did a bit more research. The HF M series are now their mid-range AVCHD series. It should be a great camcorder for editing with in Premiere Elements!