This gives you an idea of how simple it is to use the free version of NCH's VideoPad to produce your home movies.
If you watch the original at full size 1024 x 768 it should look nice and clear, just like watching my original screen here.
I would have added more titles to explain what I was doing along the way, but that's VideoPad's slightly weak point and it's too much of a chore - it should be obvious what's happening. I add clips, change their start/stop points, add a crossfade transition, a blank clip at the start to fade in from, and a title. Along the way - all the way through to final movie creation 'rendering' - I show all the options available from various menus, so you get an idea of what's possible with VideoPad.
In the second section from 3:30, I show where AVCHD files live on the memory card compared to the photos you take... how easy it is to copy them off.... and to drag-n-drop into the Prism Converter program and create converted copy clips that work better with VideoPad... I drag the original and converted clips onto the free utility Video GSpot to show what's in each file in terms of codecs, frame and bit rates, etc. Also the test buttons in GSpot reveal how my PC is playing each clip, if that's any use to anyone!
I'm delighted to have found a free way to edit AVCHD Lite and enjoyed creating this to share my discovery with you all. I hope it helps if you've considering buying an AVCHD Lite camera or already have one. I look forward to seeing your movies :o)