While editing AVCHD clips on a PC is a pretty intensive process anyway, I think you're problem is compounded by the fact that Premiere Elements doesn't, as far as I know, support the AVCHD Lite codec.
Maybe an AVCHD expert can offer a solution for dealing with this challenging new codec.
Correct Premiere Elements does not support AVCHD Lite... AVCHD Lite is a new version of the AVCHD format that is being used on stills cameras... replacing the MJPEG codec. Sony Vegas supports AVCHD Lite. See this thread:
Steve, Premier Elements imports the MTS files without issue.
Pro does not.
I'm so confused.
Any other ideas?
Which version of Sony Vegas?
I am a little disappointed with the export options I've seen with Sony Vegas, but I did download a trial version. I like the Elements interface better.
I use Vegas Pro 9, not sure but I should imagine the Studio 9 version would handle them as well. As you say... try out the trial to see if you have issues. And I agree the Premiere Ements interface is much more intuitive.
Yes, Sony Vega Studio Pro 9, at least the trial version, does support AVCHD lite,
Here's a simple video I just did using AVCHD lite video from a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS3.
Here I combined a still taken with the Nikon D700 with the video.
No real editing to speak of, but at least a start in the right direction.
Apparently Apple just release version 8.03 of iMovie 09 with AVCHD lite support.
I wonder when Adobe will catch up and add this feature to Premier Element and Premier Pro?
My first YouTube video...
Unfortunately Adobe are always at least one or two versions behind the "field" when supporting new formats.
Nice pin wheel...