This has probably been answered a million times but I couldn't find anything related with the search engine.
I have been using Sony Vegas to edit footage from my Sony Handicam for some time. I recently bought a Hitachi HD camera but Vegas will only import the audio from the AVI files on the SD card.
I downloaded GSpot to find out what is in the AVI files. It says they are MP4 H.264. But it also tells me I have the codec installed.
A friend told me that I have to convert the files before I can use them in Vegas. Why would you want to do that and if so what do you convert them to?
Would there be any loss of quality if I have been shooting footage in HD?