Well, amidst all the troubles, I would like to share a success. I am using PrE8 and yes, I had my share of crashes on startup, which are documented elsewhere. One of the issues was that I found out that PrE is optimized for DV-AVI video but I had about a hundred short video clips shot with my Canon still camera. Being the lazy soul that I am, I did not want to convert each and every clip BEFORE I started editing in PrE8 since I knew I would throw many of them out or cut them up, etc. I found this works:
Like rich foods, PrE8 was able to take up to about a dozen of my still camera clips with no problem, but when I threw too many at it, it choked. My particular project is made of 2-3 minute long Scenes, with each Scene made up of 5 to 10 of these short still camera video clips. So here is my method:
Create Project for Scene
Import still camera clips and edit the Scene
Share Scene to PC as AVI (which is exported as DV-AVI, PrE8's preferred format)
Repeat for next Scene
Store DV-AVIs in Folder of "master" Scenes which I will ulitmately edit further in the final long movie Project, all of which will be in DV-AVI.
I am finding this works without problems. Of course, I am lucky enough to have PrE8 be able to read small numbers of my still camera video, and within the scenes I am mainly only doing simple trimming and adding some sound. But it is worth a try if you have a lot of non-DV-AVI clips and can edit them into modular scenes. It saved me a lot of upfront time and will get me to the same endpoint.
Thank you for sharing your workflow - and your success!
Very nice success story, Marg!
By the way, Windows MovieMaker is an even better program for convert still camera AVIs to DV-AVIs.
But if your method works, why argue with success, right?
Note that Steve is referring to Windows Movie Maker v2.6 (downloadable from Microsoft). This is NOT the same as 'Windows Live Movie Maker' which is pretty much a Noddy product.
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