In my experience, Premiere Elements would not be the best choice to edit that footage, Maureen.
I'd recommend Quicktime Pro, $29 from Apple.com.
Hi Steve - Thank you for the reply.I did look up Quicktime Pro and it looks like I can convert the footage. Are you suggesting this for editing as well? I just want to take home movies and add effects/transitions, and music, etc. I have made dozens of videos using Windows MM and Pinnacle studio but now that I am working with HD footage, I thought Premiere would be the way to go.
Just so I udnerstand, are you saying it would not be?
If thats the case, want to return it before I open the box and install...
QT Pro can do Cut-and-Butt editing, and if that is all done, can Export without Retranscoding the footage.
For much more than that, however, it lacks the capabilities.
I do not know how well CineForm's NeoScene works with PrE, but before PrPro got full AVCHD native support, was very popular with the PrPro users. I cannot recall anyone having an issue with it, in that program, but might have missed a complaint, or two.