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    I am using Sony Vegas Pro 8.
    Hi. Wondering what you guys normally render your footage at for the highest definition(not saving to blu-ray) to archive on your computer?
    I am saving it and will use it later to convert to dvd and upload to youtube and have to muck around with if needed.
    I am also on PAL.
    Any tips?
    cheers

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    If its raw video save the raw files from the camera.

    For completed projects I always render a DV ( use HDV if that is source or project settings ) best version to keep.

    Stay well away from anything mopre compressed than your source, divx, xvid, wmv.

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    ok thank you
    will play around as the HDV 1080-50i setting did not work the first time
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by seven1970 View Post
    will play around as the HDV 1080-50i setting did not work the first time
    If your source is standard def PAL, then use the standard def PAL (720x576) avi template (widescreen if appropriate) You cannot add resolution and any form of upscaling will only introduce innacuracies.
    Tim

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    Tim
    thank you
    its only avi at the moment
    the sony mini dv capture tool thing is not working
    so downloading using the default windows tool
    cheers

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    I went through this exact dilemma not too long ago. The problem is if you want to EVER cut a new project with any of your archived video, you'll wish that it wasn't compressed when you are actually working with it on the time table and rendering newly encoded output files. Just imagine reencoding a project that is already working with encoded WMV. It would look like hell.

    The obvious drag here is that DV AVI takes up a crap-load of space on your hard drive (never worked with HD DV I assume it's even worse?). But the way I see it, hard drives are cheap enough these days that if you fill one, just spend the extra coin and add a TB or two. Compile your footage, but don't reencode. Keep the footage in it's captured format and in the end you'll be glad you did. I'm surprised at how much footage I'm going back to for some current projects. 10 to 15 to 20 year old 8-mm captures that I've learned need to be left safe and untouched.

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    ^^^ HDV has the same or lower bit rate than SD DV - it takes up the same amount of space or less.

    It is a common misconception that HDV files are bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W View Post
    ^^^ HDV has the same or lower bit rate than SD DV - it takes up the same amount of space or less.

    It is a common misconception that HDV files are bigger.
    So there you have it Seven!

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    Katner (and slightly less as thanks given on an amount of help received) and Mark
    cheers for the help
    can concentrate on using the camera u/w now.
    was looking at my early stuff and noticing the shakes and thought "what a useless ####!"
    but when you look at other peoples work and focus on the shake (outer edge of the clip instead of the stuff in the middle that you are meant to watch) you notice we are all human.
    thanks all
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