So, the superdrive on the mac mini broke, and i got sick of apple when the 3rd party drive wouldnt work with iDVD. So I signed up to buildyourownpc.org and built myself a nice new monster machine. Alas, after shelling out on Vista Home Premium, WindowsMovieMaker refuses to believe that my sony hdr ux3 is plugged in, even though i get bing bong noises when i turn it off and on.
No fear I thought, i can stick the dinky little disks in and read the m2ts files it makes directly. Er, no, of course. Microsoft dont consider sony a big enough company to be worth making themselves compatible with.
I tried various trial versions of m2ts converion software and those were bad to awful. So I now realise I need to buy sony vegas. Surely movie studio platinum 9 for about 50 quid will just import all these files that I've coppied onto my disk, and probably do a better job of the editing than windows anyway, and I can use windows dvd maker to burn the dvd, is that right folks ?. Can I save 20 quid and get version 8 and still be in business ?. All I need is slap bang wallop home movie production facilities, so if version 8 will still eat the m2ts files and output good stuff for windows I can get that for 30 quid.
Thanks in advance for any wise words.