Import the video file and drag it to the "new timeline" icon in the project bin to create a sequence with the best possible settings for that codec. Then delete the file off the sequence (you still have the sequence there). Double click on the file to open it in the source monitor, play it till you get to where you want the clip to start and press "i" on your keyboard to set the "in" point. Then play till you want it to stop and press the "o" on your keyboard to set the "out" point. Then use your mouse to click on the video in the source monitor and drag it down to your sequence. Export that sequence and check the box in the exporter to use the best settings for your sequence. Either duplicate the sequence or delete the clip from it and start again for each successive clip.
Thanks. But you say:
check the box in the exporter to use the best settings for your sequence
and I can't find it. Am I missing something? I'm looking at an "export
Okay. So that won't further compress things?
Well, anytime you edit compressed footage and export it, you're further degrading it... but short of splitting out your video into separate sequences (one
for each segment of video you want) and then importing just that sequence into whatever other project you need the video in, I think this is the best workflow...
Why dont you keep the original source file in tact and use it as a source for whatever / when ever you need it (in other videos)
I dont understand why you need to break it up!
Good point, that would, of course, be the best way to handle it, and the one resulting in the least amount of degradation. However, the OP said he needed it split into separate files so there may be some reason he needs that--If so, would there be another, better way to get the best possible quality files for each bit of video he needs?
If so, would there be another, better way to get the best possible quality files for each bit of video he needs?
What ever way he will end up with a quality hit. He is best to stay as close to his source file as a "source"
" you can not make a chicken from chicken manure"
Like Shooterz said its best to keep the original and edit from it.
You can use the same file as many times as you want and cut it up any way you want without ever effecting the original file.
Use it in as many project and sequences you want.
No need to cut it up and export just to use those pieces.
Tell us more of why you want to cut it up if you need more help.