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If possible, I’d find a better alternative to the Cyberlink PowerDirector Express software that the typical JVC Everio package offers – it’s gotten some bad reviews. I’d seriously take a look at this blog firstthat lists a number of free video software tools.
All DV-AVI is standard definition video. which further says it that converting to MPEG-2 TS (.m2t/.m2ts files) is probably your best bet. I’d go with a free converter online that is capable of converting AVCHD to MPEG-2 TS (transport stream).December 16, 2009 at 11:51 PM #180881
I’d say that you must first understand general characteristics of camcorder recording mediums. MiniDV records in the simplets video format (yet the highest initial quality) of DV-AVI, which is the most universal of all formats in terms of compatibility with editing software. Importing your clips via Firewire which will probably be the most cumbersome of all your worries. HDD (hard disk drive) camcorders generally allow the longest recording time due to their large capacity, yet they are ultra-compact. Flash memory camcorders use separately purchased SDHC memory cards (some camcorders include them). The recording time, however, doesn’t extend very high until you start purchasing the 16 GB or higher memory cards that currently aren’t the cheapest things to buy. You should also realize that all non-tape mediums record MPEG-2, H.264 (AVC), or AVCHD (if it’s High-Definition). Depending on the type of editing capabilities, your software will need to support the proprietary format.
If you’re using Windows Movie Maker or iMovie, then I’d purchase a MiniDV camcorder in order to save extra bucks on a video converter. DV is the oldest facet of video camcorders, but WILL give you the least of headache in terms of easy editing/uploading. If your consumer software supports non-tape formats, you will probably have more of a slow time editing than it’s actually worth. As with editing software, there’s plenty of cheap options around, such as AVS Video Editor, Cyberlink PowerDirector (a great advanced option for consumers). Also check out chrisColorado’s blog that shows a list of free software available – http://videomaker.com/community/blogs/freeware/about/
There’s plenty of good, cheap, and reliable MiniDV camcorders around that will satisfy your basic purpose. Have you checked Google?
AVS is no good, because with the trial you get a watermark on top of your work.
I suggest VirtualDub Mod orAvidemux. Avidemux will probably be able to read it, and just trimming/cutting is what these guys do.
I’m working on a book/blog here on videomaker about these types of programs for the poor in money and poor in computer requirements. Check it out at http://videomaker.com/community/blogs/freeware/VirtualDub and Avidemux are the third and fourth chapters in the Encoders and Converters section of the Table of Contents. AVS is one of the programs discussed in the Non-Freeware of Interest chapter.September 20, 2008 at 3:57 AM #192566
For a mixer/DAW/audio software,I use Audacity which is free. It’s popular since it can edit one track, multiple tracks and even record. Totally free and you can use it for professional jobs. It’s also multi-platform, so it will work on your Mac as well as it does on my PC.
More info on Audacity including links to the download are on my blog: http://videomaker.com/community/blogs/freeware/audacity/Being free, Audacity does have some quirks, such as not being able to import WAVs or export MP3s, but i show ways to get around that in the blog.
If money is no object and you’d like something better, I suggest Adobe Audition or Final Cut’s audio software Soundtrack Pro.
For editing,I really suggest Roxio Buzz. It’s a REALLY simple little program, that can cut,trim and output footage straight to youtube.It isn’t any use to someone like me, but for you it sounds perfect!
My blog has more details about Buzz: http://videomaker.com/community/blogs/freeware/non-freeware-of-interest-suggested-by-readers/
Note: Buzz only works on Windows and requires .NET Framework, so if you have Windows Vista, that will be perfect.
OK, new chapters are VirtualDub, the promised Avidemux and Blender and also GIMP. I will be taking a break to finish my 7th short film – The Earthling. Enjoy!Blender should keep you busy.
Check it out: http://videomaker.com/community/blogs/freeware/– this link actually works, unlike the one above.
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