Originally Posted by termite
I recently bought a TM900 and need some suggestions on editing my video.
I plan to record a concert (my family and friends singing) and want to
record everything in 1080/60p. Then what I want to do is to use my
material to author a DVD and also a Blu-Ray with menues etc and give
to them. I want to make sure I preseve the best quality as much as I can
on the final disks while making sure that they can play the disks at home
in their own regular DVD & blu-ray players.
So the question is what video editing program is the best for this
purpose and how I should render there?
I see 3 popular programs but not sure on any of them..
Cyberlink Power Director 10
Sony Vegas Pro 11
Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5
Appreciate your input ..
There are two that I use. HD Writer that comes with the camera is absolutely the best at preserving original 1080p quality. It lacks depth in creative features. When I need more transitions, audio control, video control, color correction, additional stabilization, etc I use Adobe Premier Elements 10. It has an amazing feature set. But, it does not render to 1080p for the final product. Instead, it renders to optimized presets for the intended target ranging from iPhones to Blu-Ray discs, or optimized uploads.
Last week I had nearly the same project as yours. My granddaughter had been picked as the only soloist at a grade school Chorus and singing event. 6 Broadway tunes and 4 others.
My camera was a SDT-750, a close cousin to the TM900. I put it in 1080p60 and full iA automatic. I stabilized it with a monopod and sat a 35 feet back.
I broke each song into a separate clip and, the next day, trimmed them with HDWriter. I copied each .m2ts song to my media player for perfect playback on my HD TV and to data DVDs for my son to play in exquisite detail on his laptop.
Next goal was to get granddaughter's solo on the internet. Preserving best possible original quality no longer counts because YouTube and Vimeo will do what they do. Best to "optimize" for the upload. I used Adobe Premier Elements 10 because it has a rendering preset for that.
Next goal was to get a disc playable on Blu-Ray players. Premier Elements is good for that too. It has a built in system to put up to 30 minutes of HD on a plain old DVD disk. The are called an "AVCHD disc". Worked perfectly. All ten songs fit into 30 minutes of space.
Next was some plain old DVDs for the school and my kid, who is to cheap to buy his family a BD player. Again, Premier Elements had the right presets to do that. Of course, the picture quality is not equal to the original, because it is SD.
There is a free download here: Adobe Premier Elements 10
. But since it is only $80, just buy it. Great inexpensive training can be found at Lynda.com Premier Elements
Good luck and have fun!