Even I have to admit some things have gotten better over the pasts decade. Digital cameras are one. Aperture 3 is another (but iPhoto 11 is a regression).
Video editing though -- it really sucks. Honest - it's awful.
Try searching on "archival video formats". I'll wait ...
Right. There is no agreement. (This discussion is the best I found via Google, I wrote this one in 2008.) Photographers justly consider JPEG and TIFF as suboptimal archival formats -- but we're light years head of videographers.
Next, using iMovie 2008, try to create a decent looking .mp4 movie using Export with Quicktime. Take your time, I'll wait.
This has not gone well. I suspect the root cause are the video and patent wars that infest video technology. I am certain this is not the only domain where America's insane software patents are damaging growth and progress.
- Lesson from FLIP Video: your video is doomed (008)
- Lessons from sharing our team videos
- Why I hate video: Format, codecs, DRM and m4v vs mp4