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As you have a Canon Vixia G30, (I use a Legria G40), I would suggest you shoot at 60p MP4 35MBps. The Canon uses the CABAC lossless encoding scheme in MP4 as well as AVCHD so takes full advantage of the higher bit rate in the MP4 mode giving you more detail in the picture.
As to editing software. If you don’t mind quite a steep learning curve, I would recommend the free version of Blackmagics DaVinci Resolve.