Originally Posted by automag928
.... as I said its easier for me to bring the laptop on family getaways/vacations. I have tried HD Writer, I'm actually giving it another go right now, but for instance I cant find slow motion anywhere...Also, I dont see very many effects other than fades and b/w. Is there a middle ground between Sony Vegas Pro and HD Writer?
1080p60 is both a blessing and and curse. The files are so big that it works a computer hard. But HD Writer solves a lot of that. The mechanics are confusing, but it appears to use some extra information stored on specialized files created in your camera to glue clips together in ways where frame by frame rendering isn't done the "normal" way. So if you want fast performance with 1080p60 files, use it and live with the "creative" feature set limits.
Since you want both Apple and PC compatibility, try Adobe Premier. The pro version is expensive, but the "consumer" version is cheap. If you buy the boxed set of the cheaper Premier Elements 10, it comes with install disks for both Mac and PC. The license allows the serial number to be used twice. Put one copy on your Mac and one on your PC. (The computer needs an internet connection to install). The Apple and Windows versions are nearly identical, so you would easily use both. The PC version can be installed as 64 or 32 bit.
Premier Elements 10 works with 1080p60 files and gives you so many creative transitions, effects and controls that few will learn how to use all of them. Slow motion is easy and it allows interesting control of the audio when you slow down our speed up a clip. The down side is that when it comes time to render the final product, it can be slow.
Very good support for YouTube and Vimeo is built in as final rendering presets. So if you start with your 1080p60 clips, add the slow motion or other effects, it speeds the rendering time by creating video optimized for YouTube or Vimeo prior to uploading. You can, of course, upload 1080p60 to YouTube and let them process it, but you need a serious connection due to file size.