Have bought Hitachi DZ-HV575e mini camcorder which creates AVI files on SDHC card for each video clip. I wish to import the clips directly into a video editing package and drag to timeline for editing but can't get the well known packages to handle the AVI clips correctly. I've run them under Win XP/SP3 and Win7.
The supplied free Arcsoft Media Impression 1.12 is extremely basic and slow for editing. I've tried to use Sony Vegas Platinum HD 10 and my older Pinnacle Studio 10.7 to import the AVI files but the AVI files seem to be incompatible. I've also tried to play the AVI files with various other software with mixed results. Cyberlink PowerDirector seems to think the clips are NTSC although I've checked the camera setting is PAL.
As a workaround I have used Arcsoft Media Impression to create a single Mpeg file from the individual clip AVI files and successfully imported this into Pinnacle. Pinnacle automatically splits the Mpeg file into the individual scenes ready for editing. Sony Vegas imports the Mpeg file but does a poor job of scene splitting. PowerDirector goes through an NTSC to Pal conversion. Somewhere I also lose the High Definition of the original clips.
Either way it is a long tedious task just getting to the editing starting line. Is there a better way? I would like to be able to import the AVI files directly into Sony Vegas or Pinnacle or Powerdirector then simply drag them to the timeline for editing. HELP.
I've tried contacting Hitachi but get referred to a Canadian Website which has never heard of the DZ-HV575e and because of this, won't allow a webmail query submission. Have also sent some clips to Sony but with no progress.
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