I use the DV-AVI format to maintain whatever quality is there... not improve
it. But yes, you need to hard drive space for them.
You're only other choice with Movie Maker is the WMV file type, which is
compressed. The highest quality choice in Vista is the 3 Mbps one when
heading to DVD. That's better than the maximum of 2.1 of MM2.1 in XP, but
still only about 1/2 of the bitrate of a high quality DVD MPEG2 file.
When I don't use the DV-AVI choice, I use a custom profile to keep the WMV
files up at the 6 to 8 Mbps bitrate level. See my website's Save Movies >
Custom WMV Profiles page.
website references are to www.papajohn.org
"EvanBarr" <X@Y.com> wrote in message
> But is that really required when going from mpeg? The resulting DV-AVI
> file will be many times bigger than the source yet with no improvement in
> quality (since you can't add what isn't there).
> "PapaJohn" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> DV-AVI is the highest quality.... and works in all DVD authoring
>> It's possible but unlikely the DVD software will only work with the older
>> type II DV-AVI files.... Movie Maker renders the newer type I.
>> website references are to www.papajohn.org
>> "EvanBarr" <X@Y.com> wrote in message
>>>I have already spent a lot of time editing my clips using Movie Maker but
>>>I want to use a program other than DVD Maker to create my DVDs. What
>>>format should I use when I publish from MM to eliminate any possible loss
>>> The source material for one set of DVDs is DV-AVI and for a different
>>> set, it will all be mpeg. I have not yet selected the DVD authoring
>>> product that I will be using.
>>> Evan Barr