PE7 handles HDV MPEG2 natively... so if you look at a clip on the timeline it will have no line above it, if you look at a HD WMV file on the timeline it will have a red line above it. For the HD WMV file to play back smoothly on your computer (depending on how "beefy" your computer is) you will have to hit the Enter key on your keyboard to render the clip. After rendering the clip will play back smoothly and have a green line above it.
If you are editing 1280x720 HD WMV you could use the HDV 720 30p project preset... however whatever project preset you use you will always have the same need to render the clip.
PE7 and PPro works well with either WinXP or Vista. For editing high definition video I would go with 4G RAM (well your computer will only be able to access 3.2G+ of the RAM). More important is the processor, especially if you venture into editing AVCHD. A fast Quad core is ideal.
Thanks a lot for that!
I tested it and it works - very useful to know, even though it took 1hr 20mins to render a 16min clip.
Anyone else who does a lot of HD WMV editing, if you are pressed for time, you might want to consider converting it to
MPEG2 b4 importing into PE7. I did that for some of the longer clips.
I'll be investing in a Quad Core machine for the speed.
Thanks again for your help.
The WMV format is a "streaming" delivery format. It is meant for viewing and not editing. It is also highly compressed to begin with, like DivX and Xvid .AVI files. I would want to go to the source, prior to Export as .WMV, if it was my Project. Quality and ease of editing will be much better.