Video Editing - Best Software for AVCHD editing

Anonymous (not verified)

Hi there

I am a total beginner, creating amateur videos.

I am using a Sony Handycam HDR PJ30VE which shoots footage in AVCHD format.

In view of the fact that I do own or have access to a Mac, what is the best software (as affordable as possible) for editing (or at least trimming) the raw footage, as quickly and efficiently as possible, but without losing quality at this early stage.

To save valuable time, I want to send only the best scenes to an editor.

All advice much appreciated.

(I'm based in the Midlands, UK, btw)


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Windows comes with Movie Maker and it might be sufficient for your needs.

If not, try Vegas Movie Studio - Easy to learn & use, powerful and less than $100.

Bruce Paul 7Squared Productions

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Corel Videostudio ProX4 Ultimate $59.99 through Corel cheaper through outlets such as Amazon. It will do everything Wombatbuy video. I am not affiliated in anyway with Corel - however my son uses it exclusively to produce football highlight films. He was able to use it right out of the box with no training and no issues. There are many - VideoStudio, Moive Maker, Magix, Pinnacle, Vegas are just a few few of the better known in that category.

Video Studio ProX4 Ultimate is not a bad deal at all at $60.00.

Jeff Media Fish Productions

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Clf, I believe that the camcorder that you have comes with PMB software ( Sony includes it on the disc the comes with the cam). This works on PC but not Mac. See if that does enough for you,'trimming raw clips'. Keep shooting.

Anonymous (not verified)

I would recommend WMM 6.0 instead of WLMM

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Although it's not my software of choice, Vegas has my vote, since it's got an upgrade path towards a more professional NLE should your skills grow beyond your software's means.

Adobe Premiere Elements is another great option, for similar reasons. Both Vegas and Adobe have industry support, excellent forums, and online tutorials to help you get up to speed.

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free mts/m2ts converter from pav, I found it in apple store. For baseic trancoding needs, you can use it .