Hello to the group, this is my first post. I recently got interested in digital video editing, after playing around with my HI8 cam and windows movie maker for a while I upgraded to a Sony DCR-SR300 and Sony Vegas 7 with DVD architect 4.0.
Before I get beat up for asking a question that was asked prior, I have searched the forum and couldn't find what I was looking for. I seen the question had been asked about rendering MPEG-2 video from a HDD camera, but it wasn't clear on the best way to do it.
As I understand it, MPEG-2 is the format that a DVD is in, and it is the format in which my video is in off my HDD camera. After transitions and such have been added it has to be rendered to add these items correct? So in the course of this you lose some quality correct? If you are going to burn this video as a DVD I'm guessing you would keep it in MPEG-2 format, and not in AVI format. Any suggestions on how to minimize loss of quality when it comes time to render for a DVD? If I edit several scenes, render them as MPEG-2 and then add them all together for the final movie, I'll have to re-render all of them and in the process will lose even more quality correct? So as to say it would be best to keep it all as one large project and render it as one at the end? There are so many options, and of course the manual does not explain each in detail.
Also, if you are going to render in several different formats, say MPEG-2 for a DVD, WMV for the net, and IPOD or PSP, would you want to render each from the original project file, or would it be faster to do it from the first MPEG-2 rendering for the DVD? Would I lose even more quality from this?
Thanks for the help, sorry for the lengthy question, if you have any good sony vegas tutorials please post a link, I have read several and seen some videos as well.