I've done some editing but don't pretend to know all the technical details. I just want to stitch some files together without losing quality.
My Gear: Flip HD Camcorder
Sofware: Pinnacle Studio 14 HD
Computer: Win7 32-bit, 4gb RAM, Core2 duo processor. Dell Inspiron 1420.
I shoot a number of MP4s on the Flip and they look good. I create a movie in Pinnacle, add all the clips to make a movie.
Then: No matter what output format I choose, the video quality is poorer and the files are larger!
I know this is the holy grail of video editing, but what settings should I use to preserve video quality and file size? I need a good codec, and I have a bunch installed. I also have Handbrake, if anyone here thinks that might help.