I have been reading forums about the new camera from Panasonic, (the HVX-200) and it appears that no editing system will play back this format in real time except the Final Cut on a Mac. This includes also HDV, if I remember correctly.
Thanks for that. I'll check it out. That's the system a lot of TV guys use for high-end production so I would expect it!
But one comment I read was that even Avid wouldn't play it back smoothly, especially with transitions and effects applied. Scary! This is from I believe Barry Green over on DVXuser.com He was quite mystified as to why only the Mac had no real problems, including multiple clips and transitions, etc.
I'd hate to have to go Mac, after using Windows so long, a Mac seems a really non-intuitive interface to me. My synapses are trained for Windows now!