Best Windows AVCHD movie editing software?

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Wow. Never thought I would be posting in the

    Windows section of HTF. Not that I am against

    the OS. I switched to Mac a few years ago but

    have to admit that as much as I love the OS X, it

    does have its weak points....

     

    ....one of which is editing AVCHD files from a

    camcorder.

     

    I could use iMovie in Mac, but its performance

    with AVCHD has been deemed rather poor.

     

    Since I am purchasing my first AVCHD

    camcorder I am interested in using the Windows

    partition of my Mac to run one of the more

    popular movie making programs.

     

    The two leaders, as I understand it, are

    Pinnacle HD 14 and Sony Vegas.

     

    Anyone have any preference which one

    would be better? Really would like something

    more intuitive. Best if I could open it and go

    to work without having to look at instructions.

    It should have the ability to add titles and effects.

     

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mattCR

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    You're talking consumer level, of course with these.
     

    Sony Vegas is excellent. BUT, Vegas Pro offers everything but the kitchen sink and is not as user friendly as it is editor friendly. There is nothing left out of it, so you can do absolutely anything with it, but it it not a home-user type product.

     

    Vegas Movie Studio Platinum is more user friendly, but certain production features are not there.. but these features don't impact everyone.. in fact a small group:

     

    http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/moviestudiope/compare

     

    So if you are looking at that, it might be worth considering.

     

    Pinnacle Studio 14 is very drag and drop oriented. So very straight forward, easy to get used to, and if you've used Avid it will seem a bit second hand. But it lacks a lot of the features of Vegas, and Vegas is much faster to do the work.

     

    But they both have a very different style of how they work.

    While it doesn't offer near the features of both of these, for sheer simplicity in working/editing with AVCHD and other formats, you might also look at Ulead.

    http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1175714228541#tabview=tab0

     

    Review: http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Review/175016,why-corels-videostudio-pro-x3-is-our-new-a-list-video-editor.aspx?eid=19&edate=20100518&utm_source=20100518&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter&eaddr=gheard@haymarketmedia.com.au

     

     

    I wouldn't say it's high end (it isn't) but it's very fast and straightforward... and hell, you can use it full function for a couple months and try it out. It just all depends on how simple/complex of a result you want.
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    I can ask this same question across several

    different forums -- some specifically tailored to

    movie editing -- and it figures I would get the

    best, most detailed advice here.

     

    Thanks, Matt. Will look at Corel VideoStudio,

     

    Looking forward to any further opinions.
     

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