Hi all, I'm newer to the filmmaking experience and I have a few questions about codecs and importing. My camera takes video in .MOV files that uses the H.264 codec. I understand that this codec uses Intra-frame compression which is great for saving size but poor for editing. It was suggested to me that I transcode my video to an inter-frame codec using Microsoft's AVI. Unfortunately, after doing so, I came back with a 3GB file, unlike the original 114MB file. I understand why that happened, but I must ask if i've done the right thing. What format would you transcode to?
Thank you in advance for the help,
It sounds like you re-compressed your movie. I'd pick a lossless codec. Take a look at Magic Bullet Grinder. It's great tool for doing what you art trying to do.
Thank you, sir, I'll look into that. Meanwhile, what format would you suggest I convert to for editing, or will grinder decide for me?
After further research, I've hit the problem of Grinder only working with macs and not windows (which I run.) This puts me back at step 1 with finding out what I need to transcode to for best editing, though I suppose I'll be using Adobe Media Encoder now.