I think I’d be able to hel


I think I’d be able to help you more if I could get the model number of your camera so I can look up it’s specifications.

In the meantime….AVI is a very good format but it is not lossless. microsoft DV AVI (premier’s native format), and other types of AVI’s are compressed and their is always a loss when compressing video. However, the loss is more technical and really should not be visible to the eye. If the quality is so poor that you can easily notice the difference from the original video….something is wrong. This suggests that you are converting the video too many times between different formats.

The best way to preserve the quality is to hook your camera up to the computer via firewire and capture the video through elements as the video plays back directly from your camera. (as I said before, I think it would be better if I had the model of your camera because I don’t even know if you have firewire. I need to know the specifications so I can give you the best specific answer.)

When you capture via firewire through elements on a windows system, the program creates a microsoft DV AVI. This is the best format for premiere because it does not have to be rendered and plays back very smoothly. (depending on quality of computer)

You could also copy the DVD video files which are typically VOB files to your hard drive. Elements and other editing software do not accept VOB files so you will have to use conversion software that will let you convert the VOB’s to AVI (microsoft DV AVI)

A VOB is essentially an mpeg2 but it has some differences that are exclusive to DVD. When you convert a VOB or any format to another format such as AVI, there is always a loss of quality, but the loss is barely noticeable if you convert it only a couple times. Once you get your files to the AVI format, keep them in the AVI format until you are ready to output the final video to DVD. You can take all your AVI clips and convert them to an AVI movie multiple times without any loss. (just make sure your render settings are at maximum bit depth and that your output settings do not have the "recompress" box checked.

Create a project with multiple projects

You can make one project and when finished with that project, you can start a new project and import the older one…..But I found it is best to just make a "New Sequence" this will give you multiple timelines within one project. I use premiere pro, but I think this feature is in elements as well.

I apologize if this reply is hard to follow, just give me your model number and I can give you step by step instructions on what to do and how to maintain the best quality. Elements is a great program and the quality of your video should not look as bad as you say. As I said earlier, usually this just means the video is being converted too many times or the quality settings are way off….Also elements should not be slow unless you have an old computer or are using non native formats in premiere eg. anything that isn’t microsoft DV AVI.

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