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    I tried editing my first video last night. It was imported off of a camcorder. Windows brought the video in as a wmv and vegas wouldn't recognize it. Its only 640x480 and a few minutes long. So i used another problem to convert it to an avi but depending on the settings i used, i would either end up with something that vegas wouldn't recognize, or end up with a file that's a couple gigs (when it started out as 34mb.) Having the file being 2gb made its playback all choppy in vegas.

    What codec should i use and what settings should i use for framerate etc?
    Last edited by j4str; 11-07-2010 at 07:10 PM. Reason: typo

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    I've always found the DV codec in an .avi wrapper a good fomat for editing video.

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    DV if you have SD material and a slow machine. HDV if you have a quick quad core and 8Gb or RAM. if you have non-DV AVI and don't have a way to convert it to DV nor the horsepower to edit RAW AVI footage (this sounds like your case), try some of the older tried and true AVI compression codecs like Indeo for straight movie footage. The old Cinepak codec was good for lettering and vector animations output from Flash and SwishMax etc. Even the old Microsoft Video 1 codec was great at capturing screen moves. So every codec has something it's good at. Also, the latest codecs aren't necessarily the greatest. Stuff like Ogg and DivX have always been a pain as far as I'm concerned.

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    what would be a good program to convert with. Right now im using camtasia studio. It works good for screen recording, but not sure if its the best choice for what im doing at the moment

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    well i tried dv and it wouldn't render it. I tried indio r.11 and it made a 6gb file. Uncompressed wouldn't even be that big. what the hell am i doing wrong

    Content duration: 00:03:54 (hh:mm:ss)
    Content size: 6.04 GB

    Production Options:
    Video Codec: Ligos Indeo® Video 5.11
    Colors: True Color (24-bit)
    Frame Rate: 30
    Size: 640x480
    Audio Codec: pcm
    Audio Format: 22050Hz, 16 Bit, Mono, 43KB/s
    Interleave Audio: Every 1 Seconds
    Watermark: Disabled
    HTML: Disabled
    Table of Contents: Disabled
    SCORM: Disabled
    Production Preset: Web

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