Hi there, I'm looking for a low-end editing package that can handle some high-end abuse. I've been asked to edit a (microbudget) feature which has been shot on HDV, and I have 14 hours of rushes to fool around with. The problem is that my edit package of choice is Avid Xpress Pro on the university Macs, but it's way out of my price range (preferably less than £50) for the old home PC. I have a couple of apps, but they won't handle HDV, and I have no particular reason to be loyal to one package over another (besides a pathalogical hatred of anything beginning with "Microsoft"). If it makes a difference, I'm probably planning to downconvert from HD to SD until the final edit is locked.
Effectively what I'm asking is: What would you recommend for a large amount of HDV capturing/editing/authoring? Any suggestions?