I have been using Studio 9 (patched to 9.4) for the past few months to edit and author video to DVD's and I want to find something a bit more advanced with more features. I recently purchased a new camera (JVC GZ MG-505). I've seen a few posts where people advise against these types of cameras (HDD) but I happen to like its versatility and and extremely pleased with the video and still image quality I have shot so far. 1 issue I am finding though is that Studio does not recognize the files (clips) that I have shot with this camera in their original format even though everything I have shot is at the ultra-fine (mpeg) setting and I have unlocked the mpeg upgrade for my Studio software. It still imports the files but as an SCN file instead of its original mpeg. Plus Studio seems to slow down considerably and the audio and video lose sync. My comp specs are as follows:
Amd 3500+ 2.2gHz (single core)
Asus A8n-SLI mobo
2 gig PQI dual channel 400mHz DDR2
Ati Radeon X800XL vids
2x250 Gig Western Dig Raid 0
I have done a little research and noticed Premier Elements 3.0, Roxio Media Creator 9, and get good to excellent user ratings but they seem light on the features end. Sony Vegas 4.0 gets great ratings, and the price is not out of reach but I'd like more info before making that level of investment. I plan to try some demos of different softwares to find the best fit for my style and skill level.
I am looking for editing software suggestions primarily but hardware suggestions would also be greatly appreciated as I am considering upgrading my processor to an X2 dual core, minimum 3800+.
Thanks for any help you can offer.