> Can anyone point me to a site or document that explains in layman's
> language what the various pc video formats, eg mpg, avi, mov are, and
> how they relate to a dvd format ?
Long answer with many links...keep scrolling...
The best format for creating a Video DVD would
be DV-AVI. Next best would be .wmv.
Which file type should I use in Movie Maker?
File type compatibility with Movie Maker
And BTW there are custom profiles that can
be used in Movie Maker that may be worth a
try (you can even create your own).
Movie Maker 2 - Saving
Movies - Custom WMV Profiles
Creating Custom Profiles
for Windows Movie Maker 2
> If I use Windows Moviemaker I can collect several vids together and
> publish them as a single vid, but if I publish to my pc should I use
> 'recommended format for my pc' or 'DV-PAL' (which gives a 10 or
> 100 times bigger file) if I want ulimately to burn the file to a dvd
> to watch on my TV. I find the help pages very confusing and I need an
> 'idiot's guide' .
> If I convert between formats do I lose quality ?
Yes, you may lose some resolution when converting from
one video format to another.
If you have the Home Premium or Ultimate version
of Vista...you have Windows DVD Maker.
Windows Vista -
Help and How To:
Windows DVD Maker
> Does Moviemaker 'finalise' the dvd or can I add more files to it
> later ?
You can add additional files to a Data DVD
but not to a Video DVD.
> Help please, & thanks
> KK (confused)
Yes...video editing can be frustrating and confusing
but it's also lots of fun. Hang in there.
A good source of additional info:
Windows Movie Maker Forum
John Inzer MS-MVP
Digital Media Experience
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