Sorry if this question gets a bit long, but, I've got a bit lost with video editing.
Basically, I'm using Virtual Dub, Windows Movie Maker and occasionally Ulead Video Studio 8. I'm not editing particularly high quality footage. I have a Canon IXUS55 which saves my vides as .AVI files at 30 fps at 640x480 (I think).
What I really want to do is, cut and splices the clips together without losing quality. For that I use Virtual Dub and use Direct Stream Copy. I also want to have some fades (again I use Virtual Dub), some cross fades, and add some titles. I can't cross fade or add titles in Virtual Dub. So, I turn my attention to Windows Movie Maker.
So, I import my video clips to Windows Movie Maker. I add my titles and do my cross fades. Brilliant. I then output the video as an .avi file from Windows Movie Maker. So, now I have my titles and my main "film", and I want to put them together. However, I can't put them together in Virtual Dub, because: WMM has outputed the video size as 720x480, and I can't seem to find any way of changing that. I could create my own profile with the Windows Media Encoder, but I seem to only be able to create formats with WMV and VirtualDub doesn't support WMV.
So, now I have two seperate files, that I don't seem to be able to join together.
So, really, I was wondering, what do you suggest? Should I drop using WMM? Or Virtual Dub... or both? I tried importing all the clips into Ulead VS8, and outputting as one file, but I keep getting an unspecified error, and, also, when it does work, there seems to be a noticeable drop in quality. I tried using QuickAvi join to join them. It converted the clips (took it about an hour), but the quality was awful.
I'm quite new to video editing, so I could be going about this in entirely the wrong way. But it's very annoying, and I can't think of a good way to rectify this. I do like WMM - it's quite simple for creating titles, but since any file outputted from it, is incompatible with my clips, that seems a bit useless. Is there a way I could fit these clips together in one file, without seeing a drop in quality?
Thanks for any help you can offer guys.