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October 4, 2008 at 9:57 PM #37379domineauxParticipant
My HDR_SR1 Sony Camcorder records in AVCHD.
MPEG4 and MP3 are what I want to upload.
I’m looking for a software to edit and convert the video and sound from theAVCHD to MPEG4 and MP3.
I read Pinnacle will do it but it istoo slow, My camera only has USB, no firewire.
I have windows vista, which includes moviemaker. I don’t think it will do the job, especially conversion.
I could use a link or two. Free software isn’t a requirement. I don’t mind spending some on software to avoid spending a lot of time trying to do workarounds with a free software.
October 5, 2008 at 3:15 AM #165676AnonymousInactive
So you want your video (with audio) to be an MPG4 and then you also want to make MP3’s of the audio by itself. Your source files are AVCHD, which are High Def video and you record in 5.1 surround. So I am wondering why you’d want an MPG4 of an HD video. It would be much easier to shoot in 16:9 SD video as an MPG2. But I’ll let you sort that out on your own.
Since you don’t already own an NLE, I’d highly recommend using software designed to work with your camcorder. Since you sound like a relative beginner, you’ll find that Sony Vegas Platinum Home Studio (MSRP $129) more than sufficient for your needs. It will handle your HD source video like is was made for it (which it was.) And it is a full featured NLE for beginners to grow with. I’ve been using my older version of Vegas Home Studio to produce professional videos for several years. It is limited to only 4 audio & video tracks, but I routinely use it for three camera shoots with lower thirds graphics and overlays on B-roll video. And if you need more power, you can upgrade to Vegas Pro for something less than $700 for the NLE and an excellent DVD authoring program.
But when you get down to it, NLE’s are like cars. They pretty much all do the same things, the differences are more in how you go about it. But so far as the final product is concerned, it doesn’t matter what you use to edit. What matters is the skills of the editor.
So good luck, and don’t forget that Vegas, like all the major NLE’s, is offered as a free trial. The Sony trials are fully functioning programs that run for only 30 days. So you can give Vegas a shot and see what you think. Then try something else and decide which you prefer.
October 5, 2008 at 12:07 PM #165677domineauxParticipant
You nailed it. I’m a beginner to video making. I was just reading on the youtube site, where you can load higher quality video onto youtube with MPEG4 and MP3. It’s not I’m so interested to do youtube, as I was thinking to have it both ways. (HD playable on youtube and my websites).
IMO, of course, the way things are going technically Isuspect HD willbe playable all over the web in the next couple years.Currently, you can view all kinds of SDvideos on the web and many of the older ones are not really viewablewhen detail is important.Time does pass a lot faster than we realize for the most part, so I just thought it best to take a bitmore time to produce better video to start.
I do plan to have a sound track running in the background (music)as the actor is speaking in some instances.
October 5, 2008 at 12:34 PM #165678AnonymousInactive
Nero will handle AVCHD and the new Premiere Elements and CS4 will also do AVCHD
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