Okay, so I've been editing video for about six years now. I used to use Windows Movie Maker (I know what you're thinking, but if you didn't use the transitions and are good at editing, you could make something good) and Sony Vegas. I've done a variety of different kinds of shorts and videos. Movie/TV music videos and fan trailers were what I started out doing and six years later I'm quite good at them. Recently, I switched over to the top notch i7 27'' iMac with pretty much all the top specs across the board. I now have iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro. I very much want to edit video with this machine as I hear it is just a breeze when you get used to it.
Yet, after looking through both pieces of software, I realize that I am a total n00b again and am going to need some serious help getting into the swing of things. I know this may not be the best place to ask...I'm just not sure where to look. I did some Googling and this is one of the first forums that popped up, so I joined and here I am.
I've got two 4.5 GB files of 1080p HD video in .m4v form (compressed blu-ray rips of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, to be exact). I'd like to import those two movies in either of the two programs I've mentioned to create a music video. When I try to in iMovie (I figured I'd start there), it tells me that it's going to be 8 hours before one movie is done "optimizing" and I can begin editing. And Premiere Pro looks too complicated to just jump in. Can somebody please help me? I haven't edited in a while and it's starting to get me down.
Link me someplace? Just shoot of in this thread here? Somebody please help. Thanks a ton in advance.