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4.0 out of 5 stars Great camera..buy it..but problems with the editing software, 19 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Panasonic HDC-HS100EBK Full HD Camcorder With New 3MOS Sensor System Records Direct To 60GB HDD or SD Card (Camera)
Having read the reviews of this camera,I decided to buy it.I have been using mini dv tapes for years,and hard disc cameras are now all the rage.
The build quality of this camera is pretty impressive, it is light and easy to use and the picture and sound are superb.
There are plenty of features which make the camera excellent value for money.
Panasonic have made a good camera here, and it stands up well against the competition from Canon and Sony.
There are some problems though. If you want to edit your footage on Pinnacle 12 or Sony Vegas the AVCHD format is not going to be much good to you, unless you have a computer with a very powerful dual core processor and at least 400 gigabyte hard drive.Editing is slow and sluggish with Pinnacle 12 and it takes about 45 minutes to render 5 minutes of AVCHD footage.
If you want to edit an hour of AVCHD, and burn it to disc you will be there forever.
If you look on YouTube, there are plenty of examples of the problems AVCHD is creating for home editors. Some reviewers have demonstrated the editing process, and expressed doubts about the ability of the software used..Sony Vegas and Pinnacle to handle AVCHD ,and the sheer length of time needed to process itto disc.
Panasonic and Sony have jointly developed the AVCHD format, but the computer editing software is far too slow and cumbersome, and it probably will need a new version to address the problems
If you are happy to press a button on the camcorder to copy your pictures to disc,and just delete shots that you dont want..then this camera was made for you,Panasonic have made it childs play to disc copy.
Personally,Mini DV tape is a much more efficient and trouble free medium, and I will carry on with my trusty Panasonic 3CCD MX500,which is less complicated,and probably one of the best 3CCD cameras in the prosumer range. Unfortunately,mini dv will probably be obsolete soon.
Think carefully abou buying HDD, sure,it takes beautiful pictures,but it is at the expense of editing creativity,which some people still want.

Both Panasonic and Sony need to address these issues with the leading video eding companies in order that the HDD camera, doesnt just become a camera incapable of producing excellent dvds,and pandering to the point and shoot market.
I am hoping at some point to try to find some reliable editing software to use with my new camera..which is still a pretty nifty camera,excellent in all respects,and good value for money.
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Initial post: 3 Oct 2008 01:30:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Oct 2008 01:31:33 BDT
http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/gb/en/Product/1207279297292#tabview=tab3 just got released .. and there's a demo it seems...

Posted on 2 Dec 2008 21:33:31 GMT
N. L. Esq says:
The latest versions of Adobe Premiere also support AVCHD, however there is no doubt that, whatever software you use, crunching this much detail will need a powerful processor.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2009 09:13:56 GMT
I am using CyberLink PowerDirector Deluxe v7 . and find it very good ,But at £40 a bit expensive and after paying out all that mony on the HS100 , I would have expected some better software with the camera .
Eric

Posted on 31 Jan 2009 18:05:24 GMT
G. Roberts says:
Actually, processing isn't that bad. Pinnacle 11 will process AVCHD and rendered a 30 minute clip in a perfectly reasonable time (about 40 mins, as I recall). Editing of clips is slow (and jerky) though. Writing to DVD was also reasonably swift, although you only get about 30 minutes on a standard DVD. Despite buying the machine, I'm not entirely convinced that HD represents a real improvement over the old DV tapes. Bet there won't be many more DV machines made, though.
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