Absolutely! In fact, if you select the proper project preset for this camcorder, it works beautifully, in my experience.
However, as with any HD format, hi-def video does require a bit faster of a computer. But most dual-core or better systems should do the job.
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John's computer has the horsepower to edit that fine. What I do not know is if he lets his wife near that new box, or keeps her tied to that old Pentium D...
Wife is not allowed near my Canon Vixia camera OR my 64bit computer !!!!!
She does have a "new this year" computer I built for her, running WinXP and with 4Gig of ram... I don't remember the motherboard model (it's an ASUS) but I think it has a dual-core Intel processor (could be quad-core, I'll check tonight)
I do know I'll have to add a 2nd hard drive for video files... for what she's likely going to do, if she even wants PE9 to make her own DVDs, I don't think I need to add a 3rd drive
Sigh... I sure hope I don't create a monster here... and have to upgrade her computer to an i7 'cause video editing is "too slow" for her
But... 1st question is if she will even WANT to create a DVD on her computer... then all the other steps flow from that decision
Fortunately, you'll have the tools when she's ready, John!
Grin... all I need now is a stronger Visa card!
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Had this been facebook, I would have "liked" that one John!
Well, a slight change in plans
Her computer is based on ASUS P5QL Motherboard with Pentium dual-core E5400 CPU at 2.7Ghz and 4Gig Ram (WinXP shows 3.25Gig)
Knowing my wife, she will NOT be happy with the "experience" of trying to use MP4 files directly from the Flip
So... remembering that the Photoshop Elements 7 she uses was actually a combo with Premiere Elements 7... I will use my Premiere Pro CS5 to open the MP4 files from the flip, and export them to Widescreen AVI (or look for a standalone program that will convert faster and easier)
I will then copy those files over our home network to the new data drive I am going to buy for her computer... and she will (should) be happy with the editing experience using DV AVI that are not as CPU intensive as the more compressed MP4 format
After all, I edited DV AVI for several years using an older Pentium 4 with only 2Gig of ram (and 2 hard drives)
Your life will be a lot easier if you just buy her a copy of Premiere Elements 9, John. It edits Flip camcorder video natively, so you won't have to monkey around with crazy file conversions.
I may upgrade her to v9 later, if she finds that she enjoys video editing... or maybe not, due to her computer's relatively low power dual-core CPU and the fact that MP4 (like AVCHD) requires a powerful CPU for "happy" editing
For now, I have to add a 2nd drive anyway (just ordered @Newegg 1T Samsung Spinpoint http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 for net $59) so I'll use the v7 I have and just convert to DV AVI Widescreen
Conversion is faster than real time on my computer (I haven't timed it, but a 1 minute test clip converted in much less than a minute) and she's not going to have all that many clips at any one time that need to be converted
Plus, as I said, she gets very impatient very quickly when her computer is "slow" in anything, so I think that giving her AVI's to edit will cause ME fewer headaches down the road
New drive should be here by the end of next week, then I'll install v7 and get a project set up for her to play when it's winter and she's not working in the garden
I've already downloaded the 703 update, so I'll be all set just as soon as the new drive arrives
Another bonus to using the v7 I already have is that it came with a printed manual AND I have a book by a guy named Steve for my wife to read
You are a wise man, John, and your wife is very lucky to have such a knowledgeable instructor.
If I buy you a plane ticket (economy, in the new "horse saddle" seating section) and rent you a room (motel 6 economy, on the back near the freeway... sorry, my budget is small) will you tell my wife in person how good & wise I am?
Even after sleeping on the idea, I think that me converting the Flip video to AVI (also the MTS from my Canon) so she can edit with PreEl-7 using her "barely" powerful enough computer has the best chance of her being happy -vs- trying to directly edit MP4 files
AVI is a lot larger than MP4... but that's not an issue since I have a 1T drive on order
I was already exporting my AVCHD files to AVI to author in Encore (someday I'm going to find out how to use Dynamic Link directly from PPro to Encore) so I knew that the AVI quality was good (actually better than when I was using an SD camcorder!)
Hopefully, she will be pleased with the entire editing experience
You're definitely on the right track, John. Let us know if you have any questions.
And, of course, I'd be thrilled to make a personal appearance too! Just to assure your wife you've got a good head on your shoulders.
Here everyone is talking about the "saddle seating," and I have been looking forward to United upgrading all trans-oceanic BC to "lay-flats!"
To get Steve to tell your story most effectively, I will chip in my Hilton points, to get him a room at the Hilton Garden Inn there.
UPS says wife's 1T drive is out for delivery, so after work today I will install and format
Once I move all her AVI's over to the new drive, I'll make a backup of her boot drive and then install PreEl-7 and create a couple sample projects
She's also had problems opening files from other people in her garden club, so MS Office 2010 is due Friday, so that goes on as well
This winter, when she has time, I'll show her the PreEl projects I created, and let her get going with learning video editing
It's very addictive, John. Once you show her how to do it, you may not see her for the rest of the winter! (or is that your plan...?)
>or is that your plan...?
Well... when my JobJarQueen is busy with her own projects, the ToDo list DOES seem to fall off for awhile
Installed/formated 1T drive last night... made a backup of her boot drive... then installed PreEl
This morning she asked just what I had been doing with her computer for 3+ hours, so I had her go to WinExplorer and to the new hard drive and all the AVI files I had organized in subject folders
She played every one of them (some converted from AVCHD from my Canon Vixia, some converted from MP4 from the Flip camera) and now she is excited and ready (when winter comes) to start learning how to work with video
I can see hours and hours of her learning video editing... and much less time dreaming up projects for me!
What a happy ending for your story, John!
Or should I say a happy beginning?
Hey John and Steve,
I'm hoping you can provide some clarification on the specific capabilities of Premiere Elements 9 to import and edit video from my Flip Ultra HD. I've had PE7 and PE4 and they've both been a nightmare of crashing, conversion, lost hours...
My goal is to be able to import and edit already-on-my-hard-drive and to-be-shot-in-the-future Flip HD videos without needing to export from Flip or convert with third party software. Restated: Can I drag and drop Flip HD vids from hard drive to PE9? Will I be able to edit and burn DVDs with a reasonable expectation of success?
I read this thread with great optimism, then I found a naysayer post on Amazon: The reviewer says "Apparently [PE9] can import files directly from the Flip camera, but it doesn't convert Flip files already in your computer." Fact or fiction?
Thanks for any help you can provide. I'm happy to pay to upgrade to PE9 if I can achieve a "normal" editing setup. Thanks much, Adam
Premiere Elements 9 has project settings and codecs for working with Flip video -- something that was unavailable in previous versions of the software. If you shoot a lot of FLip and plan to edit it, it's well worth the upgrade.
Though it's always a good idea to download the trial first and make sure it works on your specific system.
Meantime, if you have any other questions about it, please start your own thread. This is a very old discussion, and I'd hate to see your discussion get lost at the end of it!
Thanks Steve. I'll download the trial and give it a
Yes, I know the thread is old, but it was by far the most on-topic item I could find on the web, and I know that the other posters are very active and would likely respond. So thanks again, Adam