It's not a choice.
The only source of this asset is DVD, meaning of course Mpeg2.
How best can I get this footage onto the timeline and in the end render out to Mpg4 without a huge quality hit?
I wish there was option.
Assuming the disc is readable by Windows (not encrypted or otherwise protected), i still prefer simply copying the VOB files over to hard drive and then concatenating them into one file, and renaming it .mpg. This avoids the lost audio glitches that ImportCamcorderDVD suffers, and it's WAY faster.
The source for several of these films is YouTube, I'm sorry to have to have to disclose.
Is there any possible way after assembling this project into a compilation of clips for a kind of mini film festival that that these files canl look sharp on a big screen?
Or am I asking too much?
If not them I suppose I should get each production company to send the project rendered to mpg4 or DVDs.
That would be some undertaking.
Any way, we are of course using this material with permission for a conference on caring for older adults,....like me!
Thanks for caring?
I'm using Handbrake for the DVDs at least.
It's been kicking around for years and always a puzzle to me.
Thanks to a YouTube tutorial by a guy named Hawkins the mystery has melted away.
Great tool, Handbrake.
Just not overly intuitive IMHO.
Thanks again for the suggestion.
Now how to make the YouTube downloads sparkle on the conference room screen.
An impossible task maybe, even for the files that looks crisp on a small screen.
The source for several of these films is YouTubeThen why are they MPEG-2?? I download, for my own enjoyment (not for any commercial purpose) from YouTube all the time, using KeepVid or some similar method (there are browser plugins). The best format to save is MP4. You should be able to cut that using any number of MP4 cutters, and end up with something that has 100% of the quality of the original.
Been using Savedeo to download from YouTube John.
Of course these files are MP4.
This as good as KeepVid you think?
When you say MP4 "cutter" are referreing to an NLE like Vegas Pro?
The issue here is likely that the quality of some of these YouTube files is not good at the source, that the original uploaded video is of poor quality.
Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear I suppose.