Ok, I've been testing various programs and reading up on them and so on and I just can't find anything that does what I need. There must be something out there that can do it because it should be at least somewhat common. So I'm hoping someone here knows of a specific program that does what I need...
Basically, I have 2 videos I made from 2 different DV camcorders placed in different locations in a room. I don't need or want to see everything twice, so keeping them separate or merging them completely doesn't make sense. What I want is to merge pieces from them into a single video. I want to make sure you understand what I need, so please read this example before posting any suggestions...
Example (Both videos have the same data, but from different angles):
I want the first 10 seconds from video 1, then the 25 seconds from video 2 that follows the first 10 seconds (so from 10s to 35s), then 5 seconds from video 1 (this would be from 35s to 40s). This continues down from start to finish. As you can see, I am taking pieces from each without overlapping... I don't want to see the same thing multiple times... I just want the best angle from each part of each video so I have a single video with only the best angles from the two original videos.
Ok, so now you know what I want to do... here's the problem I have and why I can't find software to do what I need. In order for me to know what video has the best angle/view in each part of the video, I need to actually see them. Most editing software (all that I've found) lets you preview one video and then you can split out what you want onto a storyboard. You could then go and preview another video separately and do the same thing. Because I need to compare the two videos, this doesn't help. I need to be able to preview *both* videos at the same time.
Basically, I need to have 2 preview storyboard timelines to work with that I can sync together so that when I hit play (or scroll or whatever) on the previews, they move together. This will let me decide which one I want to pull the video out of to place onto a single output storyboard timeline... preferably with highlight and drag/drop, though I'll take just about anything if I have the dual input preview option. It's that option that I can't find anywhere. There *must* be software out there that does this. It can't be that unusual of a need.
Ok... so I need software with 2 preview timelines that can sync/lock together and 1 output timeline (more than that is fine, of course). I don't really need much else in the software, but it would be nice if it had some nice features for improving the quality of the output video (effects, transitions, etc). I'm not sure what I'd want to actually use, if any, but having them available doesn't hurt. I will be running this in Vista on a fast computer with plenty of memory, so only the OS is a requirement that needs considered. The input videos will be in uncompressed?? AVI format (the format I get when copying from DV to the computer with firewire). In the end, I'll want to burn it to a DVD in a format to play on all DVD players, but it's fine if the output is the same as the input so that I could optionally play around with it in another program afterwards if the suggested program doesn't offer much for features other than what I need.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm out of ideas. And I don't have a Mac, so can't use any software that is Mac-only. I do understand that Macs are the main video editing platform, but I don't have a choice.