I hope I don't repeat what someone else has asked somewhere else and frustrate admins by not having searched the forums before hand, BUT i DID search the forums!!
So i got a new Sanyo Xacti E1/ca65 underwater camera. It saves videos to flash cards as quicktime mp4's i believe, at 640x480, 29.97fps. Great, fine who cares right?
The next step is putting em on yer PC and then editing and compiling and making a beautiful montage that you're really proud of and want to share with friends and family around the TV with bucket of popcorn, and maybe the rest of world via youtube.
I have premiere pro 7.0 and have used it in the past to make little vids of whatever using some pretty terrible footage off of P&S digicams. No problems there (except for the P&S =] )
I tried importing my new mp4's into ppro 7 and i get an error (something along the lines of ppro doesnt support that codec or compression type)
My questions to the knowledgeable and wise video editors out there are the following:
1. How should I get my mp4's into ppro without losing quality?
- I realize that the vids I have are not super high quality to begin with, but I want to keep as much as I have. I tried using a free program I found called mp4cam2avi which worked alright I guess except for juicing them up in size by 45% on average (made my mp4's into ffdshow H264 avi's) I also have a program called SUPER that converts pretty much any media file into any other media file with several detailed settings to choose from ( i can never decide what to choose...)
2. What settings should I then use to export my stylish montage for a) posting on youtube for example b) saving on the computer or a dvdr as storage in a high quality format c) DVD (haven't tried making DVD's yet but would like to in the future.)
- After using the avi's that mp4Cam2AVI spat out I tried exporting about 15 different ways
----via the movie... dialog box - avi's with various codecs and quality choices
- quicktime mov's with various codecs
----via the adobe media encoder dialog box - wmv's, quicktimes, RM's
Honestly, I've spent the last week or so messing around with settings and things and I have yet to achieve what I am looking for. Perhaps I am looking for the perfect but non-existent solution?
Any help would be appreciated, I leave for Africa in 5 days and will have drastically reduced internet access so before I go with my new camera (!!) I would like to know how to do something with the footage.
- your humble video editing apprentice, turt3l.