I'm a simple man, with simple pleasures. When viditing for fun, I'm a humble point and shooter. I rarely have the time (and more often the option) to fiddle with manual settings on a consumer camera. On a video editing forum, that's probably considered as heresy. And it can be a pain to fix, but I'm out to have fun. And having fun isn't spending time fiddling with settings when I could be filming.
I love filming and I love to edit. It's a marriage made in heaven. Based on this continuing love affair, I recently bought a new point and shooter based on several rave reviews. I figured it was time to embrace the HD revolution, to enjoy my own videos in 'FULL HD' glory. At least that's what all the adverts tell me, and who am I to argue?
At first I was in love. The sleek, streamlined lines of the Panasonic mould perfectly to my cupped hands. Hell, it even fits my jacket pocket. And mo more tapes! That means less time sitting watch the video capture and more time editing. It's a marriage made in heaven, with a live in lover. That was until I started to edit on my laptop.
Alas, there's no support for AVCHD in Premiere Pro CS3 (my not so cheap editor of choice). So rather than spend more money on one that can edit AVCHD, I transcoded to P2 DVCPRO. It brought back memories of capturing DV. And when (eventually) all the clips were converted, I'd used up several times the space. The good news was that I could edit in Premiere Pro, but the edit just wan't the same as trusty DV.
After two days of toiling, I stumped up for an upgrade to Premiere Pro CS4. It claims AVCHD editing. I jumped in. I was dissapointed. My humble laptop just isn't up to the job, and I felt cheated.
So now I'm faced with two options. Either spend yet more money on a plugin, or downconvrt to SD first. My wallet can't stomach the first, so it's back to DV editing for me. But hey, I still have the memories of what could have been.