Thanks for releasing such a famous software to the world!
As long as popular AVCHD Files produced by most of the HD-Amateur-Cams aren't imported the program remains something for professionals only.
My Canon HF100 produces AVCHD 1080i/p files (*.MTS) which can't be processed by Lightworks. I liked the first impression very much but like this the software as powerful as it might be is useless for me...
Hi. Best of luck on this project! (I harken from the Blender community)
I'll be speaking for myself, and a few of my friends who I linked on facebook.
" Hmmm. no support for AVCHD natively. It supports AVC-Intra, it's big brother, though. But that means it's almost useless to me, as it adds in the extra step of having to convert my format before the editing process *bleh*
Seems like a neat program though. I'll still toy around with it, in the hopes that they may add in support for my native format. " - A
This subject came up again while I was at a party/concert thing. Two people I know that are way in to video editing were asking each other questions. The thing they got hung up on was...
"What do I do about AVCHD? I have a Panasonic. I can dumb it down to the lesser Intra format, but I really don't want to. I'll lose quality. I just got the newest Final Cut Pro, and it won't import my footage." - C
"Yeah. I have to convert my video in to a format before I edit. You just run it through a program to do that." - A
"That seems to defeat the purpose. In a way, it's no better than dealing with tapes." - Me
"And my camera isn't crappy. It's 'prosumer' i guess." - C
"AVCHD-Intra was made for the little HD camcorders you find at the department store. It's not bad, but people who use desktop editing software more often than not have a slightly nicer camera that uses AVCHD." - A
All of us sometimes work with smaller camcorders that are AVCHD-Intra, and they're fine when that's all you need. It's just that as soon as we bump up to the nicer cameras we use for making a film (a case where you use decent editing software), it's always in the AVCHD format.
We had all heard of Lightworks (through me), and agreed that AVCHD (not AVCHD-Intra) is the most important missing feature of all the high end video editing software packages. Premiere and FInal Cut had the same problem. I would have loved to refer them back to lightworks, but it's still suffering from only adding Intra so far.