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Old     (jheado)      Join Date: Sep 2006       07-22-2008, 10:37 AM Reply   
I am just getting started with some video that is on my sony HDD camcorder. Looking for something easy to resize, accepts most file types, easy to edit and burn.
Free would be nice but cheap would be Ok too.
I have already done a search without any luck.
Thanks for the input.
Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       07-22-2008, 10:51 AM Reply   
me! oh wait...i'm not cheap.

does you cam store to a hard drive? if so, i've heard the footie from hd cams are pretty tough to work with.

if not, pc or mac?

for pc, try adobe premiere elements. i think it goes for $100. if you want free, windows movie maker is free.
Old     (jheado)      Join Date: Sep 2006       07-22-2008, 10:59 AM Reply   
Thanks Joe
Yeah its a hard drive cam.
The vid is on a PC but I have a mac on the way. Wife's early b-day present.

The mac software (iMovie??) makes it look so easy to edit from hd cam. Of course that is coming from their website.

I will give WMM a try.
Thanks again
Old     (jheado)      Join Date: Sep 2006       07-22-2008, 11:29 AM Reply   
Windows movie maker sucks. Or maybe I'm an idiot.
It won't import my video file. I have it set to automatically retrieve the codec necessary and the file plays fine in windows media player. WMM will also play an avi file just fine but apparently not a MPG from a sony cam.
Old     (brinks)      Join Date: Mar 2002       07-22-2008, 8:21 PM Reply   
Do a search for "avid free dv". It is not a supported program or offered by avid any more but you can still find it online for free. It is a pro program cut down to the bare minimum and it is free. It has a some what tough learning curve but there is a lot of help online.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-22-2008, 8:22 PM Reply   
iMovie captures AVCHD footage to the Apple Intermediate codec which makes it pretty easy to edit I hear. With Final Cut Pro you can import to the ProRes422 codec as well which is a more robust then the AIC. There is no native support for the AVCHD codec yet in quicktime, that will probably end when Panasonic brings out that new HPC150 pro camera later this year.


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