You're probably all bored with "what software is best" questions, but I have some specific problems.
I've got a Sony DVD camcorder and am thinking of upgrading to a hi-def Sony model. I run Windows Vista, which doesn't support my old video editing software.
Ideally, I need to read video clips from my camcorder (it looks like a DVD-ROM to Vista) and stick them together in any order. In the future, I'll probably also need full AVCHD compatibility to build something that will work in my Sony Blu-Ray player. All recording are in 5.1 surround.
My biggest problem so far is with software that re-renders my video clips. They're already in very nice MPEG, and many packages just make them look horrible. I used a Cyberlink package before, and it had Smart Video Render Technology, which only re-renders the fades and links - very sensible! I can't even get the demo to run up under Vista, though.
Can anyone recommend a good stable package that won't mess with my MPEG (or AVCHD) files?