I have zero experience with movie editing so please forgive me if I am asking silly questions.. I just got a new iMac, switching from a PC, based on the promise of a simpler to use, more reliable environment that supposedly is great for photo and movie editing/organizing. I can still return the Mac for 1 more week with no loss… I also have an additional PC with Windows 8.1 in the household.
I have to make decisions about the way to handle existing movie clips which I didn’t realize until very recently that cannot just easily be moved and used on different platforms by different applications, etc. I know that media, format, operating system, application all come into play but I didn’t know that it is this complex.
I have on DVDs copies (originally on a tape) of very precious video clips created on an old Camcorder. I do not want to edit them, I only want to preserve them and be able to view them for many more years. The format appears to be MPEG-2 (VOB,IFO,BUP; NVC files). In addition, I have newer movie clips created on a newer Sony Camcorder (m2ts.modd,m2ts files), saved on the PC using the Camcorder’s SW (that doesn’t work on the Mac). None of these movie clips have been edited and they do not have titles, locations, dates, etc. associated with them….The files are in folders with approximate dates.
- I would have liked to consolidate all movies (old, newer and future ones) in the same place to back them up for safe local and off-site storage and to organize them
- I would like to find and buy a movie editing application that is easy to use (and possibly learn), that can import and export in different formats and supports sharing (via Youtube, Facebook, etc.). Complex features are less important. I would like to produce and edit in the future small movies and maybe edit some of the existent more recent clips.
- I would like to avoid “locking” the movies in libraries or projects of an application that would not allow me to easily export them without loosing all the work required to edit them and to add meta data to them, etc. I am concerned about vendors stopping support for the application or the formats, etc. and being stuck in an unsupported environment.
- I would like to ensure preservation of the movies for as long as possible.
- Is the PC or the Mac the better platform to accomplish what I want to do?
- Old movies (now on DVDs): should I just try to save them “as is” on the hard disk of the Mac or of the PC and back them up together with everything else for preservation? I was told that the hard disk is more reliable for longer term than the DVDs. Or, should I just make periodically copies from the old DVDs to new DVDs? I do not know however if kept in their current format they will be viewable in the future. Should I try to find a converter and try to convert them into a “standard” format (if one exists)? If this is not a good approach, what should I do to ensure that these movies will be viewable by my small grandchildren when they grow up?
- More recent movies created with the Sony Camcorder (now on the PC): Sony's built in "PlayMemories Home" app is not supported on the Mac. Sony's manual suggests that I import the movies from the camcorder connected to the Mac following a procedure described at http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/import/us.html. I would have to first move back the movies into the camcorder and follow the procedure described by Sony. Would this be the easiest way to deal with them to have them in iMovie? Is there a better way to do this? Does it make sense to try to do this?
- If I used iMovie, would it allow me to “export” movies (that I would download directly from the Sony Camcorder into it), should I decide later that I want to use a different application? If not, what other application fitting my needs should I look at?
Sorry for the long text. I am trying to avoid making major mistakes that could cost me a lot of time and money and cause a lot of aggravation later.
I’d appreciate your expert advice or a pointer to a website, forum, book, etc. where I could get hep to address the above as shortly as possibly. Thanks in advance.