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To expand somewhat on Robs input… (guys be kind if I get this wrong)
My post earlier was about the formats that different cameras use today.
All editingsoftware render the final product into the end format you wish to use. Most software do a rough pre-render to the clips you areediting with to allow you to work real-time editing.
P2 card (typically Panasonic) and SxS card (typically Sony) are proprietary memory cards for their respective products. They tend to record the cameras format with very little or no compression. For home editing the one downside that I have seen is that theseare very large files for the length of video, compared to the other formats (like AVCHD). These are also the formats that broadcast wants to use because of the limited compression. Another downside (for the beginner)is, as mentioned, the cost of cards and the cameras that use them.
On time savings, one aspect to look at is the Recommended System Requirements (aim for items a step or two above those on the recommended list, processor, RAM, Video Card,to give you some headroom for down the road) of the software that you are using for you editing. Most try to get by with what is listed as minimum requirements, and though they will work, the process can/will get clunky, rendering the final product will be very slow.
Drives; have a minimum of 2. One for your software programs and OS, the other for data like the files you are using to edit (this reduces drive access time). You can further reduce access/write time by using RAID configured a pair (or more) drivesdecreasing read/write time.
NLE; Wiki gives a really good description/definition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-linear_editing_system