I have been playing with a Trial version of Vegas 10. I make about 300 DVD's per season of hockey games for my three grandsons and their teammates. 40 games X 2 games per DVD X 15 players per team. I have been doing it on a stand alone Sony DVD burner using an SD Sony camera with MiniDV tape. I have been editing camera to camera. But have decided to switch to hyper drive and bought a Sony HDR-CX550V to film the games. I have edited one game in old SD from mini-DV tpae on Vegas 10 and it takes 90 minutes to render a 60 minute video with titles and a few text overlays. One of the parents is telling me that the only way to go is Final Cut 4 on a Mac. I did some research and came to conclusion that they both do the same thing it is just what you prefer Mac vs. PC. So based on that I ordered the software. But when I talked to this guy yesterday he called his Mac person who said they just rendered a 30 minute video on FC4 in 5 minutes. I find this hard to believe but after reading everything on this topic in this website, I realize that CPU is the big determining factor. I have a Intel Core Duo 1.83 Ghz w/ 4GB RAM. Does anyone know if a comparable Mac using Final Cut 4 would render a 60 minute DVD significantly faster?? My girlfriend has a Mac and if I can download a trial version of FC4 on it I will probably run that experiment. But I thought I would throw this out to you experts to get your thoughts, opinions, even data if you have it.
Another issue is that even in SD the rendered video is about 35% bigger file size limiting me to one 60 minute game per DVD versus the two I am getting now. A 60 minute video is taking up about 62% of a 4.7 GB DVD. Is this typical or are their ways to compress this so I can still get two hours of video on aDVD?? Thanks.