I understand HOW Video works, I just don't understand WHY it has to be degraded every time I create a "new" file of the "old". My camera only captures in 1080p, although it can record at 24Mbps, 17Mbps, 12Mbps, 7 Mbps, or 5Mbps. I record at 12Mbps because it's a happy medium, no other reason. My client only wants SD DVDs to provide their customers, so I have to convert it to SD, which ends up being 720x480 at 9200kbps. This I cannot change in the camera and I see no need to as it produces a very clean SD video, even when maximized to my laptop's 1600x900 resolution and 1080 TV.
Of course you will see some degradation from HD->SD and this is not what I'm referring to. I'm asking how to minimize or eliminate compression from this already converted SD .mpg file when it is edited and resaved as a new file in VideoWave. Why can't I have a zero-compression option so the file integrity is maintained?
It appears I may need to do all of my editing in HD, then when I am ready to output to a file, then select SD MPEG-2, which will minimize additional compression and affect on video quality.