I'm in the process of creating a feature length documentary on my 88 year old father-in-law.
I have about 20 hours of footage I shot the past holiday, plus about 5 hours of archival footage.
I'm using Sony Vegas Movie Studio Premium 9 to edit.
Here's my problem:
When you edit in Sony, you need two files to see your edited version. The original raw footage file, plus the (much smaller) Sony file that contains all the information about how you've changed the raw footage file. In order to display the edited version, Sony apparently needs to be able to access both files (raw footage and Sony editing information file.)
However, I may decide to move those files around to different folders as I organize, and who knows? I may decide to open the edited file in a different editing software.
So my question is, How do I create a copy of my edited file that is not dependent upon Sony's edit information file? A file that can open in any software with all the edits and additions intact? An MPEG-4 file?
If I render the edited file, can I then edit that rendered file? In any editing software?
Any advice is hugely appreciated. I'm a newbie, I'm a writer, I love working with videos, but I am running into this sort of problem, where it's hard to find answers to basic questions. I did a Google search, and search of this site, but I haven't found an answer.
Can rendered files be edited?
Thanks for any guidance you can give me.