oh my goodness - i guess i'm really dumb about this stuff!!
i'm just starting out and need some advice on equipment, formats, etc.
i had a studio laptop that, once a dell tech "corrected" my sound card issues, worked somewhat nicely with pe4. my vob files imported easily and the process seemed easy. the burned dvd was frequently jerky - i remember seeing a post regarding this problem,. i can't try the solution since i had to return the studio due to an overheating issue and i won't be repurchasing immediately.
as far as capturing video i bought a canon zr950 standard def mini dv camcorder. it was super easy to capture from the camera and i didn't have to install any canon software - which i liked 'cuz i'm always afraid of software conflicts.
the quality of the zr950 is terrible, especially in low light conditions. i was going to try it outside in a variety of situations today but my son alerted me to a high def sony hdr-ux5 camcorder that was reduced drastically in price. i've spent the whole day trying to research this thing. i learned it uses a mini dvd and produces hd video in avchd format...
my questions have to do with...
regarding avchd - what are the ramifications of this format? i've read that pe4 can't use it but pe7 will. do i need to wait for pe7 before i could do anything with the video? (yeah, i know i don't have a computer to edit it right now anyway, but...)
if i have source video that is hd what becomes of the burned dvd? will it be hd as well? (seriously, the more i know, the more i don't know!!)
i've heard that the sony camcorders are more "proprietary" than some others. any thoughts? again, i don't want to install sony software - i just want to use premiere elements!!
i hope these questions aren't annoying - i just know so little and really want to create some great videos. THANKS
PE7 will be able to handle AVCHD, however you need a pretty powerful computer to do so... at least a fast dual-core processor... ideally a quad core.
The files burnt to the miniDVD are probably .mts/.m2ts AVCHD files. It is best to install the proprietry Sony Motion Picture Browser to get the files off the DVD. It also will organize them nicely on your computer.
For the record I have PE7 installed on a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop, a Celeron 1.60Ghz processor and 4MB ram running Vista Basic. I was blown away at how well it handled the .mts files straight off of an SDHC card. This footage was shot on a friend's Canon HF10 1080p camcorder. I easily retrieved files (get media) added to timeline, edited both audio and video and finally burned a DVD without any problems whatsoever. Very pleased! Unfortunately, the MP4 files from my Sanyo Xacti 720p camcorder cause PE7 to crash repeatedly, where PE3 and PE4 handled the just fine!