I did do a search and couldn't find this. I am willing to admit that I'm in a bad mood because of my problem which may have lead to me looking right past the answer if it has been posted. If that be the case, I sincerely apologize in advance. (The raw/basic questions are in bold, as well as anything I thought may be most relevant. Everything else is explanation and as much detail as I could think to include)
I recently got a Samsung HMX H100 camera, capable of filming in SD, HD 720 and HD 1080. I am wanting to get into the whole stock-footage market and therefore am practicing filming different things in different definitions.
I have 3 samples of footage shot in 720 that, when played as the raw MP4 file, do indeed show up large on the screen. The problem starts when I bring it into Sony Vegas 8. (This is the only program I have for video editing so I have to make it work).
Please take in mind that you all started somewhere and, smart and fluent in Vegas as you are now, even you had brain flatulence a time or two:
The requirements for a stock footage site I'm hoping to submit to, are:
Footage must be at least 720x480 screen resolution and can be up to 1080 (1920x1080). It MUST be in MP4 or H.264 format.
No matter what settings I choose, using my noob logic, it will render it as no bigger than 320x240 and I can't figure out why. Is it how I'm starting the project? How I'm rendering it?
I've tried every (logical...[i.e. mentions 720x480 in name]) starting setting:
Templates: NTSC DV (720x480, 29.970 fps), NTSC DV Widescreen (720x480, 29.970 fps), also tried NTSC DV 24p, yada yad yada...and even HDV 720 - 30p (1280x720, 29.970 fps)
The width and height are set to 720x480
What is the best setting to start out with? What about when I start trying to use 1080i?
I've rendered in the following settings: (I believe the rendering is where whatever the problem is, is starting. I say this because, in the preview window it says Project: 720x480x32, 29.970i)
Rendered As:MainConcept AVC/AAC (*mp4)
Sony AVC (*mp4; *m2ts; *avc)
I chose only these two to try because of the requirement that the files be submitted in MP4 format and these are the only two that mention MP4 in them.
I saw none that mentioned h.264 format.
What do I render as to keep the video in MP4 format and 720x480 resolution? What will I render as when working with 1080i footage?
I am only seeming to "freak out" about this because I'm on a very fixed income and am really hoping to start making some extra cash by doing this whole stock-footage thing....anything. I apologize for how wordy this post is, but I wanted to try and explain the problem and tried to include as much as possible.
Edited to add: If someone can tell me how to edit Windows Movie Maker under my name and change it to Sony Vegas 8, I'd appreciate it