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Well, all video is compressed. You can record truly uncompressed video, but that would require a lot of hard drive space and a very fast RAID in post production. And recording uncompressed video is most likely not necessary for you.
I’ve never used Vegas (I use Final Cut), so I can’t relate because I’ve never experienced your problem. The best I can tell you is if you record onto miniDV tapes, then in your editing program you should be capturing the footage with the DV/DVCPro NTSC codec. I’m not sure how Vegas is set up, but in FCP there is a set-up menu with a who list of codecs to choose from, and DV/DVCPro NTSC is in that list. If you are capturing 24p you need to use the 2:3 pulldown and set it up to capture progressively.
If you are shooting HD, then you need to set up for the proper codec, resolution and frame rate. For example, if you’re shooting with the HDV codec, you will have to choose between HDV1080/60i, 1080/30p, 108024p, ect….