1) It depends on the codec of the original and the codec selected for export. If both are DV for example, then yes, PP will simply copy the two videos into a single whole. If MPEG is involved at all, then no, they would be reencoded.
2) No, that's pretty much the only way. (Using Adobe's tools, at least.)
The clips were orginally on miniDV tape, captured with Ulead/Corel VideoStudio in 2001, then output into another format. I found a shareware utility that reported "MPEG2" as the codec. So I would assume then as you noted these would be re-encoded? Would you expect a loss of quality that would be noticeable? Combing these clips isn't required, just some housekeeping. What would you do here? Thanks for the help.
Here is the output from right clicking on properties of one of the clips:
File Path: ***.mpg
Type: MPEG Movie
File Size: 427.8 MB
Image Size: 720 x 480
Frame Rate: 29.97
Source Audio Format: 48000 Hz - compressed - Stereo
Project Audio Format: 48000 Hz - 32 bit floating point - Stereo
Total Duration: 00:12:50:21
Average Data Rate: 567 KB / second
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 0.9091
what is your destination? if its dvd, you could encode it at roughly about 8mbps vbr 2-pass back to dvd-mpeg it would be a re-transcode, but nothing earth shattering if this is the only format you have the footage.
oh shoot, missed the "567kbps" that is pretty...... REALLY low.
My destination is just my hard drive for playback on a computer or streaming across my WiFi to a TV; possibly Blu Ray in the future, but really aiming for discless. My old home movies were broken up in to 2-3 segments in a DVD-ish quality. I can't quite remember why I did it that way - it was over ten years ago. I don't think I had the disc space or DVD burner and could only store resultant files on a CD. Anyway, just wanting to combine each production into a single file.
Note: I still have miniDV tapes as well. When I was done editing my home movies, I would output them back to my camcorder onto a new miniDV tape. So another option here would be to re-capture off the camera and export to a different format. Would that be a better idea from a quality perspective than working with these older digital relics?
Recapturing the original media would definitely be the way to go. You'll start off with much higher quality and hence likely end up with much better quality.
Let me make sure I am clear on the scenario in case you meant original-original media in a very literal sense. What would typically happen is that I would have say 4-6 miniDV tapes, capture the footage onto the computer, edit the movie in VideoStudio, then output the final movie to a single miniDV tape. I.e. source tapes --> computer --> final production tape. I am assuming re-capturing the latter is still a better way to go. Correct?
No, the original tapes you used to shoot on. Recapture those.
That would require countless hours of editing. It could be done, but it would take me months and months to work through all of it and re-invent similar productions that spanned several years of video taping. Let's say that was not an option. Would you 1) recapture the final production tapes, 2) export with same sequence settings as noted in my original question, or 3) just leave those productions as-is in two to three .mpeg files to avoid any further loss of quality? Obviously 2 only makes sense if the loss is very minor.
Thanks for all your help here.
I'd probably go for 1.