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I don't understand this. You imported a HD video or did you mean HDV? HDV is already compressed to MPEG, so there is no re-compression necessary.
Make a new 1 minute MPEG requires rendering and thus gives quality loss. Whether this is noticeable is another matter.
How does someone who can afford HD source equipment and an $800 editing program not know this?
I'm sorry I'm not an expert like you guys. I'm a IT sys admin and have very little video editing experience, but I've been asked by my boss to figure this out. Let me explain in greater detail: My HD video source file is in m2t format so it must be compressed to mpg to play it on most media players. Once I've compressed it to mpg, it seems reasonable to think there would be a very simple way to cut out a 1-minute segment. I don't need to change anything else about the mpg file itself, only take out 1 minute from an hour long file.
If this isn't possible, I'll go back to the source m2t file, make the cut there and compress the 1-minute clip by itself. This just seems very redundant to me. Any help would be appreciated. thanks...
m2t and MPEG are just different names for the same beast. Make the cut and render. Then export to the media codec you need.
It sounds like the original material was put into Premiere Pro and exported to something easy to play, like a MPEG for a DVD.
The answer is to use the original material and export the exact same way, only you use the workarea bar to cover just the area to be exported. Then when you export, the same way as before, you make sure to select the Workarea instead of the Entire sequence.
Very simple, efficient, and it provides the highest quality with tools you have already used in the same manner at least once.
thanks, Steven. That is good advice.
Its comments like that made by Jim Simon that create an elitist snobby atmosphere in a forum and can destroy its purpose alltogether.
Thank goodness that others following his comment are more motivated to use the forums as a source of help to those that are just learning, as opposed to bullying and building up their own fragile egos by putting others down.