Okay so I am going to rent the Sony PMW-EX3. I was wondering what software I need to to edit the footage. Like do I need something special to transfer the footage? Right now I have Vegas Movie Studio HD 11 for windows.
Video Recording Format MPEG-2 , 4:2:0 Long GOP
HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@HL
SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H14
The footage is recorded on a hard drive. You can just dump it to your computers' hard drive. No software needed.
That statement is not 100% accurate. If you're going to tether to a laptop, then, yes, the footage is going to a hard drive. But if you're going to record media to the SxS cards and take advantage of moving your camera around a bit, then your SxS cards will need to be involved in transferring. For transferring to a laptop, you won't necessarily need software but downloading the free Sony transfer software usually means getting a better transfer program. If you're going to a desktop, it's likely that you will need the software. You'll also need an SxS reader, which hopefully the rental agency will provide you.
It's still true that all you have to do is plug the damn camera into the computer, and dump the footage. This statement is 100% accurate.
Crackerfunk, your previous statement was wrong. You wrote that no software is needed but that's incorrect. If you're using a desktop (ie MacPro) you will need the software downloads for the transfer program, whether you use a Sony SxS reader or plug the camera directly into the computer. In fact some laptop flows will need the software as well. Not all EX3 or EX1 workflows can function without a way to move data from your SxS cards to the computer. Especially for someone who's renting an EX3 but may be getting their SxS cards from somewhere else, they need to know very clearly what the data options are. Computer, SxS reader, camera cable, etc. That's what the rest of my post was about. It's important information for anyone who thinks their SxS cards can plug directly into a desktop -- they can't. Why are you opposed to people getting the information they need to have a good shoot? Chill out.
The Sony EX-3 is a prosumer camcorder. Unless you are very severely technologically handicapped, you will have no problem dumping the footage.
I would urge you not to worry about it until you've shot your film. It won't be a problem.
Oh, and get a Mac and FCP please...