I am new to video editing owning a Canon HF10 and using Cyberlinks Powerdirector 8 Ultra software. I will be using my Dell laptop 2 GHz dual core, 2gig memory and 256mb GPU. I understand this will be a slow process but will be looking to upgrade when funds permit.
I have recently come back from travelling in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Have roughly 30gig/3hrs of editing, once finalised it would probably be around 1-1.5hrs worth.
What I would like to do is edit at the highest possible quality onto a DVD for TV playback. Am not looking to do any colour correction etc but just spilt/trimming, transitions of fading, adding some texts so show location of videoing, DVD menu with simple credits and then a photo slideshow at the end with music.
I would like some advice on how to start this project. There are about 200 tracks/clips for the whole, should I load them all into the timeline and work from there or should I somehow join the tracks from each destination and split/trim like that. Also will this 1/1.5hrs of video fit onto 1 DVD at best quality?
I am looking to do this at the simplest/easiest way. Also what format should I select when rendering?