My software & hardware are older & slower: 1gb ram,xphome sp2.
Currently use preimere 6.5 to control camera and do manual captures; watching input on attached 19" crt tv. About 8-12 clips per hour of source material.
* Edit in premiere 6.5 & then export as 1hr. Edited avi file.
* Import to premiere elements 2.0 to author & add chapter markers w/menu and about 10 chapters.
* Burn to disc using max bitrate 8000kbps cbr encode in pe2.0 producing necessary vob files.
* Play on oppo upconverting dvd player to 61" tv at 1080i upconverted.
Video quality ok considering quality of source material --grandkids events --(audio is dolby digital stereo--also ok).
The new--always wanted higher quality video--hv 20 hdv $ now at a point where i'm interested <$1000us.
Problem is, don't fully understand what the hdv workflow needs to be?
Have faster computer available xp sp2 system, but hesitant to spend lots of $ on additional software & new hdtv monitor. Don't understand if software can control the manual capture of the hdv source material, and i can monitor on my existing crt tv as in the past. Get the impression that i'm capturing from .Mt2 file to some type .Avi file but don't understand if that file is 12gb or much larger (raw source 1hr.Long)??
Then as it is edited in the .Avi timeline can i watch(playback) in realtime on my crt tv as with current dv edits(need to render transitions-but still very quick)?
What editing software & how will it work from a workflow point of view??
Final encodes can be done overnight so speed at this phase is not a paramount concern.
Please comment on what works for hdv workflow & which existing software packages can most reliably do the job. Thanks!!