Originally Posted by kraigk
I'm relatively new to video editing as well. I helped my son and friend do a few videos for a class assingment (got an A). Anyways we did this with SD files from a Canon DC40 using Windows Movie Maker on Vista. I had to help get the files ripped off the mini-DVD's and ready to use a MPEG files but once that was done these guys produced a few pretty damn good amateur music videos.
My question to you is have you done much editing in SD? I know you want HD as we all do but now with my new SR7 in hand the plan is to master editing in either Pinnacle or some other software before moving on to HD. From all accounts HD is a frustrating exercise right now. What I'd like to know is if you feed the monster (Pinnacle with latest great PC + disk + 4gb memory) will it perform? Will the juddering be gone. Or are the AVHCD decoders being used still no fully developed? Maybe both.
I have done a little editing in SD, but not enought to get comfortable. My time is a little limited until after Christmas, but I plan to spend some quality time with it. It was just so disappointing to see stuttering like that on the preview/editing timeline. It was a cruel joke... To spend that much $$ on a camcorder AND get the "best" software (Sony Vegas Pro 8), and have it perform so poorly was a bit disheartening.
The bigger question for me is, do I really want to create HD movies? For viewing them in my office or at home, the answer is, "Yes I do," because I have the appropriate monitors and even an HD projector to use. But, for example, to shoot video of some friends' kids' soccer game to give them -- they only have SD equipment, so what's the point?
I had been thinking that I'd shoot in AVCHD, edit in AVCHD and render in different resolutions for different purposes. Well, I didn't realize that rendering AVCHD files was such a long process! Nor did I realize that editing in AVCHD would tax my system so badly.
I've mentioned in other posts a "proxy file" solution that VASST has put out called Gearshift. It lets you make a lower res file to edit from, then automatically shifts the Hi def file in place of the low res file when you edit. It's specifically to allow "underpowered machines" to edit AVCHD and other HD files. It ONLY works for Sony Vegas Pro 8 (NOT the lower versions), but it's only $50 or so, so I am planning to get it. http://www.vasst.com/product.aspx?id...d-aa4954c324a3
The other solution -- to "feed the monster" as you say, is where I'll end up, but probably next year sometime. My pc is 3+ yrs old and struggles a bit on some things, but this really taxes it. On the Sony Vegas forum site, there is someone who just got a quad-core machine and is pretty happy. Sounds like a direction to head in. I'll post a question there about stuttering to see what they say. Link: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/...058&Replies=21
SD editing is more within my pc's abilities, so I probably need to shoot more in that, but I wanted to be able to shoot AVCHD for archival purposes, then render to whatever I needed... Not quite there yet...