Apple and General and Sony and VON 2007
chris on 04 Apr 2007 04:09 pm
As many of you know, we want to add video to the menu at the mobile diner. We are hoping to have future conversations with tech gurus, policymakers and consumers. One of the many reasons for attending VON was to soak up the expertise of those who are creating great content on the web. On that note, we shot our first interview in HD and it looks great (on the camera). However, uploading and editing the film has been the most frustrating experience known to mankind.
The Sony HDR-SR1 is an amazing camcorder. Most of the functionality on the camera is easy to use. For instance, I like the ease of switiching to video or camera (and it takes great pictures). The problems with this product deal with editing / lack of editing software for the AVCHD format that Sony and Panasonic pioneered.
Problem (1) – If you have a MAC, you are basically out of luck. The AVCHD is not compatible with Apple products (Final Cut Pro, iMovie). Supposedly, you can work around the incompatibility by recording in SD (we have not tried this yet) but that defeats the purpose. I called Sony’s technical support this afternoon and there was no intel about working with Apple or information when software would be available.
Problem (2) – The software that Sony provides is weak. Once you upload the video on the PC, you are highly limited in terms of editing your film (basic video clipping).
Ultimately, I am hopeful that AVCHD editing software will be available soon. Otherwise, Sony should disclose on the box that this camera is not a wise choice for those that want to make or edit films. On a related note, here’s some reviews from Alx Klive and Final Cut producer that provide more technical commentary and suggestions.
Update – Unfortunately, no announcement at NAB about a program to edit AVCHD on Apple. Thus, we bought a Canon HV20 and our Sony has been shelved.