I'm a new Vegas user, having just switched from an ancient version of Premiere. I've just ordered an HVR-V1U which should arrive tomorrow according to UPS. It will be my first foray into HDV use or anything else other than standard DV. I realize that people have been using things like Cineform for a few years now, and I have a rough understanding of how that works, but I also just rebuilt my computer last week, and I'm wondering if I'll really need any kind of intermediary codec with it? It's based around an AMD Phenom 965 quad (3.4GHz per core), and I'm running 8Gb of RAM.
I'm just using the Studio HD Platinum 10 Production Suite rather than Pro 10 because I can't see anything in the Pro version that I'll be needing. I know Pro 10 has "GPU-accelerated AVC/H.264 decoding", but it's my understanding that this doesn't work with AMD based Radeon cards, and I'm not going to be shooting with an AVCH cam anyway.
I mainly just want to know if there's any need for me to buy something like Cineform, and also if there's anything in Vegas Pro 10 I'll need that I'm not thinking of considering the cam I'll be using?