Yet another newcomer here who probably should have got some more info at the point of sale of my new cameras.
I recently bought a Panasonic HDC TM10 and a Go Pro Hero HD camera. I've rushed out and shot a load of footage which I can play back on the 'puter, but I was left feeling a bit crushed when I discovered Windows Movie Maker couldn't recognise the .mts and .mp4 files.
I have a PC with 4gig ram and a four core processor knocking along at 2400mhz.
I've spent the evening trying to install codecs (I have no idea what I should do with them) and downloading conversion software (Mp4Cam2AVI and Handbrake) but the furthest I've got is a bit of audio with WMM. I've tried VirtualDub too and that's not working for me.
At this stage, I think I'd like to just buy / download some software that will just allow me to upload the footage from my cameras so I can start editing. I'd sooner spend a bit of money (consumer product rather than pro product) as opposed to fiddling around with free patches and codecs and things I don't understand.
I'm sure this is a very common question, and I've read through the first two pages on this board but couldn't find the answer. I'd search but don't know how to distil my question into a few words. I'm grateful for any links to similar threads or advice you can give. Who knows one day I might be able to steer other newcomers on once I get going?
All the best, have a nice night