I bought a Samsung SC-HMX10A HD 720p camcorder recently, and I've been having a heck of a time editing the video I get out of it. I'm on a 17" intel iMac 2Ghz with 2G ram. I believe it records in AVCHD.
I've tried several editing programs including iMovie '08, iMovie HD and Final Cut Express and the video rather hard to edit. It takes forever to import and then once it finally is imported, the playback within the editor makes it virtually impossible to work with.
The best solution I've come across so far involves re-encoding and downsizing the video and then bringing it into the editor. While this seems to give decent results for, say Youtube, I know I'm degrading the quality, especially since there's an extra compression step after editing when I export the final product.
I have Windows XP running in a virtual machine, and I've tried using Windows Movie Maker, but I had similar problems with that method.
Does anyone have any solutions for me?
Here are a few samples of my video: