Hello to everyone on the forum from a Newbie
Quick background - the last time I edited videos I used a Sony 8mm camera and Panasonic HS-1000 edit machine, so that's how long ago I did anything serious! I did buy Premier Elements 2 and a Panasonic NV-GS17B DV Camera some years ago but never did anything much with it.
On a whim (and also very cheaply) I've purchased a Panasonic HDC-SD10 camera which creates AVCHD files. I am reasonably impressed with the camera, being a lot better than the old DV camera I had, but working in HD is causing me all sorts of new problems. So I'm sorry if all this has been covered before - I'm just becoming so totally confused by it all!
Of course, Elements 2 doesn't recognise AVCHD files being so old, and neither would anything else I have installed. I then installed the HD Writer AE program that came with the camera but this only converts to AVCHD or DVD format files. I did download a couple of free converters but these were next to useless, creating jerky unwatchable files.
After a little research I bought Corel VideoStudio ProX2 as this supports AVCHD files. After installing this I found I didn't like the layout - I find PE 2 so much friendlier, so I want to use ProX2 to convert the files to something I can import into PE 2. Yeah, I know that's a bit backwards but I don't feel ProX2 has the level of depth of editing I need, unless I have completely got it wrong. Things like frame rotation and zooming to tenths of a fraction. Anyway...
This is my problem - I can't get a good moving image. Yes, it's that old chestnut called Motion Blur I believe? I've spent two days exporting files from ProX2 in more formats and variations than I can remember, as WMV, AVI, MPEGs and DVD files and just about everything else it'll do! Things got so bad I even plugged in the camera's analogue AV output directly to my TV to check the footage was OK - and it was. It seems to me the higher the resolution of the export and the greater the file size the worse the problem is - combing effects on contrasty moving objects and blurring. File sizes were anything up to 3Gb for 1 minute of video...
The best quality output I seemed to obtain was using the standard PAL DVD (16:9) export - everything else seems jagged. Interestingly the file size is approximately double that of the AVCHD file.
I plan to make music videos, so I'm looking at complex editing for short periods of 5 to 10 minutes so lengthy rendering times shouldn't create a problem. I'm also not wanting HD quality videos - DVD is fine enough for me. If I have to convert all my HD files to DVD standard in order to insert them into PE 2 then so be it, though I know PE 2 will accept bigger (and hopefully better quality) files so I am a little disappointed not to be able to work 'above' my chosen resolution of a DVD, instead of at it. It also, I believe, means I am rendering the files twice so creating more losses?
Can anyone help me with ProX2? I have a very limited budget so I can't afford any top flight editing packages, also computer limitations - 3.2GHz and 3Gb RAM on either Vista or XP are about all I can manage but this should be enough... I hope...
Sorry for the long question. In anticipation... John