If you are a consumer who recently purchased a Canon HG20 or some other HD, high definition camcorder, most of you will encounter some problems with downloading and editing your HD video files. Many of the latest camcorders, especially those with either SD, SDHC, or hard drive media are encoded AVCHD format. Until recently, many consumer versions of editing software application did not support AVCHD, but now there are a few that are starting to support these file types and can even import AVCHD files directly from a Canon video camcorders or other popular camcorders.
Using the editing functions, below is some shots taken with the Canon Vixia HG20 Camcorder.
To edit the Canon Video Files, you will need a video editor that can deal with the AVCHD files.
Make sure your computer meets the specifications or at least exceeds the minimum requirements needed for the video editing applications. They do require lots of RAM, lots of hard drive space and a fast CPU. I strongly recommend an external hard drive for any video project files. You do not want your video project files located on the same hard drive as your computer start-up system.
But, like many of you, when I attempted to edit these files, I encountered some issues. After much research and experimentation during my attempt to find the right solution to edit the AVCHD files on my computer, I tried Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere. These are applications that are good candidates for editing the Canon video files of the or AVCHD files of other HD camcorder are Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere. For more information on each of these, I have provided links below.
But, in all honesty, the editing application I recommend for editing any AVCHD file is called, Pinnacle Studio 11 Ultimate. The reason is, I had a great experience with using this application. It has excellent support and it did the best job of working with the AVCHD videos. In Opening, playing, editing, and exporting, the response was great. Pinnacle Studio can browse quickly through the AVCHD folder structure, view thumbnails of the clip files and then click to preview the clips. The interface was very responsive. It also has a full screen playback mode. For more details on the Pinnacle Studio editing software, I provided a link below for this also.
Other AVCHD file editor applications to look at are: