I've been editing various personal and professional video projects for about a decade now and yet there is still something that always bewilders and frustrates me: Video formats.
Video formatting has become the bane of my existence since it's always an irritating struggle between the formats that various video editing software I've used accepts and doesn't like. I've downloaded various freeware conversion programs over the years always with mixed results that don't quite often work perfectly, losing quality, not working, or even losing all audio. I just got a bunch of footage for some personal fan videos I wanted to try doing but I run into the problem again of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 (My choice editing program at the moment) not accepting any of the footage which is in .mkv. I've had it. I'm through fighting with video formatting and there doesn't seem to be any Premiere Pro extensions for other video formats. I'm ready and willing to try my hand at buying professional/commercial video conversion programs.
So I ask this forum, what are some good video conversion software out there that is worth the money? What are the pros and cons? How much do they cost? I'd appreciate any and all information you're willing to give me as I do some research.
Computer: Macbook Pro - Mac OS X
Editing Software: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5