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    I've produced a film on Pinnacle Studio 10 for my website using a combination of Mpeg and MWV files, which has then been converted to flash swv. The mwv parts play fine but the Mpeg bits are really poor quality. I've tried converting the Mpegs to Mwv but then I can't open them on Pinnacle... What's my best approach? Many thanks from a novice! Incidentally, the whole film plays fine directly on PC/DVD.

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    You need to convert the mpegs to avi, edit them and then convert them to whatever format you want. You can download many free converters such as SUPER(C) or MPEGStreamClip1.2, you will also need to download QuicktimeAlt1,81 aswell and install and run it first if you decide to use MPEGStreamClip1.2.

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    keep in mind if you covert mpeg to avi you're going to lose some quality in the process
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chapman Photography View Post
    keep in mind if you covert mpeg to avi you're going to lose some quality in the process
    Really? Why?
    The difference as I see it is in the compression used. MPEG is more highly compressed so I would have thought that, other things being equal ***, there would be no loss of quality converting mpeg to avi. (Unlike going from avi to mpeg, where there would clearly be potential for a loss in quality)

    *** but that's the bit I'm not sure of. I know the pixel aspect ratios are the same (assuming no mucking about changing widescreen to 4:3)

    Hence this is a genuine question - not some attempt to correct anyone.
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    well once you take a AVI and compress it some of the data is gone.. rendering back the AVI makes the file bigger and easier to edit but some of the detail you had in the original AVI is lost.. Depending on the settings it might be minimal but the chance you'll notice is there.. I started in Still Photography and the same thing when dealing with RAW, TIFF and JPEG..
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    I understand that, Wil. But Anna is starting with an MPEG. You said converting MPEG to AVI would lose quality.
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    Oh ok, I was under the impression she was going to render the mpeg to avi to edit then rerender back to mpeg.. thanks for the correction Tim
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    So long as I'm not going mad.....
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    many thanks. I also tried converting them to AVI, but I then can't seem to use them through Pinnacle. Although I can open other AVIs with Pinnacle. If I convert them to Mpeg4 I can see them (I don't know what they were originally, the file extension is just 'mpg'), but will this be any different from what I already have?

    Ps, re your answers, I think once I have the film we convert it to Flash swv for upload to the web through Dreamweaver.

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    convert them to dv-avi

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