Originally Posted by Edgecrusher
Yep tried this and it ended up crashing on me. I couldnt figure out how to add a music file and it locked on me. It has happen every time i got to edit at some point it crashes. Its never anywhere specific either and different every time.
I cant beleive how much of a PITA to find a decent but user friendly program out there.
Yes I agree,
I love the camcorder but editing the footage is proving to be a nightmare, I have wasted so much time trying out different packages and so far all have had problems of one sort or another. Personally I can live with the odd operational quirk here and there but instability drives me nuts, if it crashes I don't want it no matter how pretty it is.
What's seems daft is that a lot of us newbies appear to all be doing the same thing, testing software and getting frustrated with the results, I wonder if there is a better way for us to somehow document the results of all this testing we are doing to at least help the next wave of poor unsuspecting AVCHD victims!
Anyhow, that's my rant out of the way!
As far as Power directorr is concerned I have been playing with it for the last few weeks and so far I have yet to have it crash on me, although I have discovered a couple of minor irritants which may or may not be related to either the trial version I am using or down to my low spec laptop, but in general it seems to have worked ok for me.
The only real problems I have encountered so far is that I could only use the audio sliders in pause mode, as soon as you hit play button the sliders lock up and the only way to adjust/mix the sound levels appears to be to drag the level line up or down on the audio track timeline, not great but it sort of works.
The other issue was that on two occasions it got stuck in rendering, once at 64% and the other 95% complete, and on both occasions I had to cancel the render and disable SVRT to get it to finish.
I really liked this package for two reasons, first it seemed easier to learn that the other packages I and also it was, until recently the only package that would work at all on my low spec laptop with the canon 24Mbps files, but I just can't get away from all the complaints I keep reading about it's stability from this and other forums and I am now having to rethink going with PD.
But I am now leaning towards Sony Vegas, Like you I originally found Vegas to be hard work and not very intuitive, I couldn't even figure out how to do a simple cut? I have since figured that you just need to hit the s key (for split I guess?) but at the time I gave up in frustration before I even found this out as it just seemed to complicated and there was little point in learning how to use it if didn't work with the HF20 files on my laptop, but since then I have tried editing some SD footage in Vegas and I am now starting to warm to it. The only thing stopping me going with Vegas was the thought that I would have to spend twice the price I paid for the camcorder on a new PC powerful enough to be able to edit AVCHD with Vegas, but then I downloaded Cineform Neoscene trial and can't believe my luck, Vegas appears to work perfectly on my current laptop and the final quality looks great (to my eyes at least).
If anyone has opinions on the Vegas/Neoscene combination before I go down that path I would appreciate any comments either way.
BTW, I have found a pretty good player for viewing these .MTS files is Mirillis Splash Light http://www.mirillis.com/splash.html