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Hi all,


Have searched many posts, and have read for hours so please forgive this repeat post, but I have just purchased an HF-100 and have an new iMac computer. I also have a large plasma and Blu-Ray player, so I am looking to import and edit family video and then burn to HD Blu Ray. I want to keep the format in HD and I understand from reading many of these posts that iMovie and Final Cut Express reduce the size of the video during conversion. What combination of programs do I need to edit, then to burn to DVD in the full HD size? I know Toast 9 will do the burning, but not editing. Same with VoltaicHD.


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I can't speak to the blu-ray aspect of it, but if you are wanting to edit your high definition footage, the latest version of Mac OS X 10.5.4 has really improved compatibility with AVCHD.


Previously, owners of Panasonic's line of high-def camcorders were sorely tested on finding any editing software that didn't require a high performance gaming machine. Now, after the latest Apple software upgrade, I am editing my Panasonic HDC-SD9 footage on a mac mini with no trouble. iMovie imports at either 'half' or 'full' 1920 x 1080. According to the iMovie information, the half resolution, 960 x 540, 'significantly reduces the file size with little image quality loss'.


On the + side, once my clips were in iMovie, they were easily manipulated.

On the - side, the mac mini is not suited for the long rendering times of the final output.


That's okay though, because I'm tickled pink to finally have one machine that can handle an occasional project from start to finish.
 
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