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AVI vs MPEG Confusion - Degeneration Quality ?

Discussion in 'Video - Software discussion' started by MikeInNM, Feb 26, 2003.

  1. MikeInNM

    MikeInNM Member

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    System: HP/2.26ghz/1gb Mem/80gb HDD/1394 Firewire/Sony TRV740 Cam.

    Software: Pinnacle Studio 7/Vegas Video 3.0/Windows MM2/Arcsoft Showbiz/Ulead DVD Factory/Sonic MyDVD

    Could someone put this in proper perspective for a newbie?

    Project: 1 hour 20 year old VCR tape to DV to computer for edit to DVD. Capture success .... it's on the computer in a 13gb avi file.

    Problem: I struggle with finding one software that encompasses the whole project for me. I like Vegas for cropping out a bad edge, track fx, audio fx, but have a hard time with titles, trimming, and crossfades.

    Whereas transitions, titles and trimming are easy for me in Studio 7. And I like the DVD capabilities of Ulead DVD Factory.

    Here is what I don't understand.

    1. I capture in avi. Then if I edit in Studio 7 first to get my effects ... what format should I save this in if I am going to import into Vegas for final touches?

    2. After I edit with Vegas what format should I save it in for DVD Factory?

    3. Does DVD Factory re-render this because I can see this clip getting rendered 3 times by my method and will I lose a quality in doing this?

    I am concerned that I am not following proper sequence or format for what I am trying to accomplish and I am going to run out of disk space quickly by my method.
     
  2. jnihil

    jnihil Moderator Staff Member

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    If I were you, I would render the video to DVD compliant mpeg-2 stream via Vegas and then import that into MyDVD. Vegas has the MainConcept mpeg encoders builtin (after registration). Otherwise, I would render as DV codec via Vegas, then use DVD factory to encode as mpeg2, then author in MyDVD.

    Rgds,
    jnihil.
     

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