I have a HDD Camcorder (Sony Sr-42) so dont need to bother capturing anything etc as the files are all in MPG format. Its fantastic for switching it straight to my computer and i can watch it no probs on win media player.
I am trying to fnd a decent mpg/avi editor.
The mpg's need to be easily edited. The software must have:
1. The ability to just easily crop the sections out that i dont want from the mpgs
2. The abilty to merge the mpgs together into a big mpg file
I am not bothered about putting it straight onto dvd (I can do that using nero vision express at a later stage if needs be), i would prefer the ability to make an mpg file. So i am not looking at software that only has an output as dvd project.
I have been trying numerous software packages (on trials) but am confused, a few of them were wanting extra money for codecs, and others were too complex:
pinnacle studio 11 - seemed to be requesting mpg codecs
Sony Vegas - confusing and didnt appear to have the above functionality i required
Roxio easy dvd creator - i think this one also missed the relevant codecs
avs video editor - this seemed to have all the functions i require (I think) and if there is another program like this i would love to know
Windows movie maker - seemed not to have the functionality
I may be wrong about the above if so please correct me. I would love to know which is the bet for my needs. I dont go over the top for adding effects but if it has it built in it would be a bonus (i.e. being able to add a title at the start), but its not essential.
Pleeeeeeeeeeeease give me recommendations!