I shoot for a client who edits on FCE 3.5.1. I've been transcoding original HDV to SD QT's because he thought he couldn't edit HD. I think he should get FCP X and assuming his computer can handle it, first of all does anyone know if you can have FCE and FCPX on the same computer, or if he could import old projects into X? It's a pity to downgrade HD material, especially since he uses it to make videos he projects quite large for theatrical productions. Any advice on the best way to proceed to get him good video he can cut? I have Adobe Media Encoder CS6 and Sorenson Squeeze 8.5 and can make just about any flavor of video from the HDV files (mts or mt2t which Macs don't seem to like).
I doubt sony m2t hdv (ie mpeg) files can be imported to FCE as they're not even recognized by fcp7, but will try converting to something similar as QT or H.264.
I don't know what OS he has but do you have any idea if one can install FCPX and keep FCE operational, so he could keep his old projects going while starting new ones on X?