Originally Posted by markr041
....but why bother to export to another program? You can trim clips, combine them in any order and add transitions, titles and end notes within HDWriter. And the 108060p quality is retained.
As I learn this (new to me) craft, it is clear you are right when picture quality is the primary goal and you have common computer equipment. HD Writer is perfect for fundamental editing. It is my first choice for projects where I want to enjoy the very best picture quality on a big TV.
Unfortunately, at this point in time, some of us don't have, and Panasonic does not offer, the 3.0 version that (according to some of your posts) include some audio control. And, that can be important.
Add to that that you are partly to blame that I have two video cameras. (Thanks!) HD Writer doesn't help with combining clips from two brands. And, that's important to me now that I have two camcorders.
For training, self education and fun I bought two NLEs. Sony's didn't work well on my computer. Adobe's works better and has some effective online video training. This month's big lesson is how many creative tools are included. Yes, at the consumer level, there is lots of useless junk built in, but there are some amazing tools too. You can work multiple audio and video tracks. You can use the best of multiple cameras. You can correct color a little. You can use photos. The hard part is finding good ways to use the tools after you discover they are available.
These cool NLE tools (at the consumer price points) result in a little loss of picture quality in the rendering process. Now that 1080p is part of AVCHD 2.0, next year's software releases may do a little better.
For now, I am going to include a third party NLE in my "tool kit" that enhances my new craft. Maybe I'll get more seriously committed and buy a two screen workstation and some serious software. That will make my cameras look really cheap!