I do some HD video editing and have a few questions.
First, I use MEP14+ for editing. I like the way it works and its pretty simple to use. We run an Canon XHA1 HD camera and shoot at 1920x1080. After I edit the files, I create a dvd, then an MPG for upload to Vimeo. Vimeo has a max file size of 1GB. The MPG, if I encode at good quality is 2GB, so I have to degrade the quality quite a bit to get it under the 1 GB size.
I am not much of a video expert, I am a sound guy. So, my question is this: If the hollywood studios can put 2 or 3 versions of a full length movie on 1 dvd, plus several out takes, directors comments, etc, and they are all in really good quality, why can I not encode in good quality to smaller files. One of my 40 minute movies takes up 2/3's of a dvd thru the MEP software. What kind of encoders do they use? What are some really good quality small file size encoders out there?