video files taken by my digital camera
Use a real video camera for editing, preferably a tape based MiniDV for standard definition work or a P2 model for HD work.
Why not suggest he shoot it on a Panavision / Arriflex 35mm (real film camera) like the real pros in real professional environment do Jim?
Thanks for taking the time to reply. For the time being my concern is whether or not I can use Premiere to work with and learn from the videos I am capable of taking now, and exporting in a manner that allows them to retain their original smoothness. There are so many presets with details I'm still learning about; I haven't found one that matches my camera, nor a way to create a custom one that fully suits the requirements to do so with the above mentioned equipment. Assuming it's not impossible to work with these mpegs, I would appreciate a suggestion on settings or a resource to help me identify for myself what to use for working with above mentioned video files.
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The basic wisdom is that MPEG is not an editable format. (Its a delivery format)
It needs to be converted to a more suitable edit format...and there is much posted in this forum that hopefully a search on "mpeg conversion"will reveal to you