video editing for youtube, vimeo, etc

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steeljan
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A lot of the pocket camcorders now are outputting h.264 mov files, for instance, the Kodak Zi8.  The HD video of these things comes out in a monsterous filesize.  

Do you have a recommendation for what software would be best to use.  Should we even be filming in HD if it's for youtube, etc?  But probably most importantly, what output would give us the smallest filesize with decent enough quality for youtube, etc?  I'm thinking wmv, widescreen 720x480, but not HD.  What video editing software can do that?

Thanks, and keep up the great work.

SteelJan

Razear
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Sony Vegas or Adobe After Effects are good bets.

steeljan
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Thanks, I'll look at the Adobe After Effects, haven't tried that one yet.  

I was using Sony Vegas, but the latest Quicktime update broke it for doing H.264 MOV files.   I read somewhere on line that if you got the previous quicktime, uninstalled the new one and reinstalled the older one, then Sony Vegas would work again, but no joy for me, didn't work.  I mucked about with it for a couple of days and finally gave up.  Hopefully Sony Vegas will put out a patch soon.

This whole H.264 MOV files editing thing is turning out to be quite a nightmare for a lot of folks.  That's why it would be cool if Rodney did a piece on it.

Thanks 

steeljan
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I can answer my own question now, so thought I'd share.  I just upgraded to Windows 7 and found that with it, Windows Live Movie Maker works with the Zi8's MOV files excellently.  Doesn't even need quicktime installed.  Hope that helps anyone else watching this thread.