so i'm brand spanking new to adobe MC CS4, my introductory comment can be found here... anywho, so i'm wanting to do a multicam title for 1 of the segments i have for this project (all the other segments have already been edited and saved). it will be 2 cameras. one is my camera which records in digital mpeg2 to a HDD in widescreen format, the other is a VHS-C camcorder that was recorded in full screen format and would be imported with RCA cables (red, white, yellow)
first question is, i'll have to record the VHS-C segment onto the computer in real time, and edit it after the fact. will it make any difference if i record it and save it as mpeg2, or should i save it first as lossless format, then edit it and save the full title in mpeg 2 to import into encore?
next question: is there anyway to do an autocrop of the FS video and make it 16:9 WS (if the zoom is far out enough it would allow) that way it matches the AR of the main video? i've been doing NLE for 4 years, but have never really had to do anything like this, or work with lossless video, or really have an idea of when its best implemented.
three: i have all the segments of the videos already chaptered, but i cant decide if i want to make 1 long FL "film" or just use the main object as the main video, and include the other segments as supplementals... but so far i have each segment saved as its own PrePro prjects, chaptered and all. and was planning on using Dynamic Link... but did not realize until last time i messed with it, you can only do 1 dynamic link per encore timeline... so my idea seems to not work how i wanted. :-/ the digital videos are all full resolution and 16:9 format mpeg2 videos. each 'segment' is made up of several smaller video clips chaptered and saved as one segment depending on the situation that was going on (imagine it as act 1, act 2, act 3, act 4, etc). if i just export each segment as an mpeg2, video, and import it into encore, will that degrade the video much? i've heard modern NLEs are made to not degrade lossy video with some sort of codec made by apple. i quote from what i read "there are "intermediary" codecs (e.g. Apple ProRes) designed to be used during the editing process to keep the video quality high. Cameras all record to some sort of lossy format - there's no such thing as a video camera that records to a lossless format. If that lossy compression codec is used during editing, each successive layer or render added to the video would degrade the image. Converting to an intermediary codec bring the video to a state closer to being lossless, and allows the editing and rendering to be done without negatively altering the video quality." is this true? or should i scrap it all and make 1 huge PrePro timeline to import into Encore? (the only difference is, i've already edited and cut the main feature, so exporting each segment as mpeg2 to be imported into Encore and added to the same timeline would be easier on me... but if quality will be sacrificed... well... i guess i'll just do it all over again.)
so any answers? thanks