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Jim's answer is probably based on the fact that no matter what you do to a video, exporting it will degrade the quality almost every time. But that is not only acceptable, but absolutely necessary. What video would you have that did not require some adjustments, even if just a straight cut.
In any case, I think the answer you really want is:
#1 looks normal. So that's fine.
#2 will degrade the image every time you export unless you export to a completely lossless codec like Lagarith - which creates HUGE files and is totally unnecessary. It is just a bad workflow.
#3 is technically the same as #1. It's fine. No problem. In fact, it can be quite handy sometimes to work that way. Nesting does not cause the problems that exporting does.
I swear I though it was Jim. He is inclined to answer that way.
My sincere apologies.
No need to explain the previous answer. I've been a member of enough forums over enough time to be well prepped for that archetype of response.
As far as your answer. Yep. Obviously the one I was after... and excitingly the flow I've been using. Just needed some real word vindication before I amp up production.
You only asked one question.
"Do any one of the following 3 workflow methods have any bearing on the "quality" or "look/feel" of the final output of a project."
Are you sure Jim hasn't hacked Joe's Adobe account?