I am using Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 12, for manipulating my Panasonic SD100 HD footage.
However, I'm not sure how best to record the resulting project file.
I can see lots of options, and suspect the best are MPEG4-High Def, or DivX-High Def
However, neither appears to produce files of the same high quality as the original .MTS files produced from the Panasonic.
I've tested with a short piece of film from a .MTS file - no manipulation, just straightforward export to different file formats. The original file was about 32Mb, the MPEG4 file produced is 13Mb, and the DivX file is 15Mb. I'm sure the file size is not directly related to the quality, since the MPEG4 movie looks better than the DivX movie; though both is only half the size of the original .MTS file.
Is there any way of creating a file that is of the very same quality as the original source films?
I plan to manipulate source footage, and then save the resultant film to a file on my hard disk. But of course, I want to retain the original HD quality (else it defeats the object of having a brand new HD camcorder!)
Any advice greatly appreciated...