I have taught video editing as part of courses upto and including A level in the past. (pre HD) I originally started with Pinacle Studio 7 - 10 but gave up as it was unstable. I have been using Adobe Premier Elements for 6 years now and have found it quit stable. I currently have downloaded Sony Vegas for a months trial. I have used Windows Live Movie Maker.
I take stills using a Lumix TZ7, AVCHD lite on the same camera and full HD on a Panasonic HDC SD9. For holidays I put all together with music and burn to DVD. However with my new computer (i7 950 6Gbtriple channel 1600mhz, with 2nd 2Tb drive, blu ray recorder).
Prem Elements does not like lots of stills with video so I have started using Windows live photo to render the stills with auto pan and zoom into HD res wide screen movies. I have then put these with widescreen video from my 2 cameras. While adding music tracks the software crashes (prem el) so tried Sony and did not get as far and twice reported memory was low though sidebar gadget showed 1.5Gb free! Total adds up to about 50mins of video. Am I asking too much of the software?
Previous shorter HD projects and previous large SD projects have not been a problem.
Any ideas for the way forward?