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Having use Vegas, Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro I can honestly say that I prefer Premiere. FCP has a higher learning curve than the other two, although if you learn to use Premiere Pro it will be a lot more easier learning FCP (they are very similar). One thing I didn’t liked about FCP was that I needed to convert the videos to Apple ProRes in order for FCP to run smoothly. You can import many clips to FCP timeline, but you will need to pre render them inside FCP in order to see them (unless you have them in Apple Pro Res). Final Cut Studio has Compressor which lets you convert your footage to a FCP friendly format (Apple ProRes).
In Premiere Pro (especially CS5) you can import and edit your videos by just dragging them to the timeline (just like Vegas) and view the clips without pre render (including AVI, MP4, MTS, M2TS and many others). Although if you have too many effects in your clips it will not run smoothly (pre render is needed there). The real power of Premiere is when you combine it with After Effects, Photoshop, Encore and Audition, but from what you described I believe you don’t need to use all this.
I started a forum discussion a couple of years ago (Wow, that long!!!) title “A Difficult decision…which NLE“. In that discussion you will read about the personal preference of Videomaker community regarding NLE.