I just bought my 1st camcorder- a Panasonic model that can create 1920x1080 AVCHD. My first kids are due in November (twins!) and I'm trying to figure out what software will be best for editing. I'm leaning towards Sony Vegas Movie Studio. I have a Core 2 Duo E8400 (3 GHz) w/ 4 GB of RAM. I plan to put 64 bit Windows 7 on it in October (right now it's 32 bit Vista.)
I tried Premiere Element 7, but the editing of AVCHD is really awful. I've read that Sony Vegas is much better (and that it's actually usable- unlike Adobe!) on a PC with the same specs as mine. I also just purchased my first Blu Ray burner. Some questions:
-What codec(s) can Vegas Movie Studio 9 burn to Blu Ray with? MPEG2/MPEG4-H.264/AVCHD ? The usability of the Panasonic software that came with my camcorder is awful- but it can write a proper Blu-ray disc with AVCHD so that it doesn't have to be rendered at all- and so the quality is the original "as shot" quality. I see that Sony can edit in AVCHD, but does it burn to Blu-ray in AVCHD, or does it render to another codec first?
-Does Vegas Movie Studio 9 work on 64 bit Windows?
-How often does Sony typically release new versions of Vegas Movie Studio? I see 9 came out in August 2008. Looks like 8 arrived in late summer 2007. Anyone heard whipsers of when 10 is to be released? I'd be happy to wait another couple of months to purchase if 10 is right around the corner... I hate buying software and then having a new version come out right after! I just want a few weeks to play with it before my kids come sometime in November...