Panasonic Broadcast is extending to September 30, 2010 the offer of free Grass Valley EDIUS Neo 2 editing software with the purchase of an AVCCAM camcorder or handheld recorder. The offer had been scheduled to end on March 31, 2010. The EDIUS Neo 2 software is included in the box at the time of purchase, but a user will need to activate it via the Panasonic PASS support web site
All video professionals who purchased AG-HMC70, AG-HMC40 or AG-HMC150 AVCCAM camcorder or the AG-HMR10 recorder products after April 1, 2009 are eligible to receive EDIUS Neo 2, and users who purchased after Oct. 9, 2009 are eligible to receive EDIUS Neo 2 Booster.
EDIUS Neo 2 Booster software (Windows only), is valued at $229, and offers native editing of the AVCHD format.
Note that Panasonic also has a free transcoder, available for download that converts AVCHD files to DVCPRO HD P2 and downconverted DV files for use with most existing professional editing packages.