I'm an amateur with a simple DV camcorder. I own Premiere Elements 3.0. Windows XP. Core 2 Duo processor (1.8 GHz I think)./
When I capture tapes, it captures in AVI format. So it makes enormous files. I would like to know the best way to compress these for archival. I can't imagine I need full AVI resolution for a cheap camcorder.
I believe Premiere Elements offers a few other codecs but I don't really understand the differences or the best way. "Best way" means, in part, a way that doesn't take hours, and is SIMPLE.
It would great, in fact, if I could capture to a format other than AVI (a compressed format). That would probably be the simplest of all.
I don't know if using compressed formats makes editing harder. I know that Premiere Elements works well editing AVI files---you can scan through them, cue them up easily, etc. I don't know if this gets harder if your source clips are in a compressed format.
I don't know if compressed formats make it difficult or impossible to master a DVD.