Originally Posted by Don Landis
For, me, the Edius and JVC utilities are a moot subject since I don't even have them, nor plan to. It's a question of either the Panasonic HD Writer or Device Explorer for import of camera clips.
My usual procedure in the past has been to use the PMB for initial import of a large number of clips on the camera memory and later if I need to pull in a couple more, usually less than 10, I will use the device explorer in Vegas.
Observation- When PMB pulls in the clips from TD10 it sets them up as m2ts files with good names to state when they were shot. The Device explorer pulls them in as similar file names but this time as MTS files. Not sure if that matters.
I have not tried to use device explorer for a large number of clips so I don't know if it handles them any better or not.
Opening Device Explorer does require the launch of the Vegas NLE but that hasn't been a real hindrance here as the NLE is usually open anyway.
Currently, the Panasonic SD cards will try to open PMB to import but the version that imports TD10 files does not see the files on my Panasonic SD cards.
A feature I like on the HD Writer is you can scrub the thumb nail of the clip and see what's in it.
As far as playback, all my utilities will play the clips just fine, but only in 2D.
I know full well that you have your own method for managing projects, Don, but here's how I usually work, for anyone who might be interested. It also speaks to how I use the JVC utility, no matter which camcorder's clips I'm using.
After a shoot, I pull the SD card from the camcorder (JVC or Panasonic) and pop it into the card reader on my PC (usually my everyday system). I drag all the files into a folder that I've named for the event, such as "SG 2013-04-22 SBE Shots." This stands for "Shaw's Garden April 22, 2013 Stereo Base Extender Shots." (My shots are usually no more than 10-15 seconds for most subjects. More complex shots or shots with action that I'm following are, obviously, longer.) I rename all the shots with the folder's name by selecting all of them in Windows Explorer, right clicking the first one, selecting "Rename" and pasting the folder name into the box. Windows appends a sequential number to each file.This gives each file a very descriptive name and keeps them in chronological order for me, which is very helpful later when I edit. I keep these folders in my everyday system (6TB 2-drive 7200rpm RAID0), usually for quite some time. I also copy this folder to my 39TB UnRaid array for permanent archiving. At this point, I often sort the bad clips from the good ones to simplify things later. This is when I find the JVC utility most useful, since I can end up with dozens or even hundreds of shots. For a big project that requires me to shoot over a period of several days, I create a master project folder on my editing system, with sub-folders organized by area or topic. I try to keep all assets (video clips, nat sound, music, script, everything) in one large folder with standard sub-folders. I sort the clips from the different shoots into the sub-categories/folders. For a huge project like my Garden video, this allows me to know at a glance how clips will fit into the grand scheme. When the time comes to organize a sequence, I pull the pre-sorted clips into Edius (usually organizing them there into separate sequences for the timeline), then drag them around into a rough order in the bin. Then I fine tune the sequences, by trimming and adding dissolves, etc., and drag the sequences into a final master sequence, which I can use to export the whole video to a file (for Vegas 3D rendering) or render to Blu-ray in Edius directly (2D only at this point).