I am pretty good at photos (I use a Canon eos dSLRand shooting RAW) and the editing software for that but I have not yet found the right software for video editing. Hope you can help So I consider myself a beginner when it comes to video edit.
I have used an old Hi8 analog cam (1993 ), an DV cam and am now the happy owner of a HDTV HDD camcorder (Sony SR12 creating AVCHD videos).
I have digitized the old hi8 (I did this a while ago and used an analog HDD recorder (for TV) that was able to copy to DVD. I then ripped the DVDs to my PC HDD thinking a dedicated video recorder would do the job just fine.
Format: .vob files (as in the DVD) mpg2 with AC3 stereo sound.
The DV was ripped using a firewire connection and some windows software that made A LOT of small files one for each scene. At the time I was pretty happy about that until my edit software ran into a limitation on how many files it could handle. It would have been a fairly easy way to do cutting of entire scenes.
Format: Claims to be DV format (Sony) even though the camera is a canon MVX250i. Sound seems to be PCM (mono ?).
I do have a divers mask with a build-in HD camera.
Format: AVC / AAC (I am not going to use the sound - it will mostly be my own breathing ) so I will have to do a bit of sound track editing.
Now I also need the software to be able to handle AVCDM in the Sony flawour (h.264 seems to be a family of standards). Sound is surround 5.1 AC-3.
I also occasionally use my dSLR for video.
Format: AVC / PCM
I basically only want to do some cutting to get rid of recordings of the inside of my bag, the ground while walking etc.
The result could be DVDs for the old video and perhaps blueray for the new. I do have a blueray burner
When I get better at this I will probably do some colour/expore corrections as well.
Any suggestions ?
Q2: I have not done a combine of these many small files coming from the DV because there are to many (gets lost in files) and because I have not found a loss less video format to use as "work format".
What can I do to preserve quality while editing (like using .RAW and .tif for photos) ?
I have lots of disk space and a fairly new PC running windows 7 64 bit. So time and space will not be a problem I guess. I don't know if all formats have the 4Gb (32 bit) file limit. Disks are NTFS.