After having tinkered around for almost a year shooting video clips with my GH2 - but doing nothing with them, I have just had a go at my first production. We shot two school productions in December and so I had a hoard of parents chasing me for results which was a spur to action! The performances were shot with two cameras - a GF2 for an overview and the GH2 for the close up stuff. Having mulled over the various advice on software in the end I just had a go with iMovie 11 which is already on my Mac. The first plunge was scary - but hey, it is actually quite easy! That is, quite easy to get a result of sorts. Like photography the difference between a result and a masterpiece is a gulf, but at least I have had a go. Probably having to mix the clips from two cameras was making life hard for myself, especially as the colour balance did not quite match and unlike a RAW file not quite so easy to alter the white balance afterwards ( the quality breaks up quite quickly if you try). I had also put a separate sound recorder on a small stand at the back of the stage but the sound of children's feet stomping around sort of drowned out a lot of the dialogue and songs.
Anyway it was a lot of fun, if time consuming (12 hours work for an hour in total of production). I only post this not to be mocked by you old hands at video,
but as encouragement for the novices like me to have a go. iMovie seems to offer a lot, and I am thinking perhaps the new Final Cut X might be the way to go when and if I outgrow iMovie.