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Breakthrough Windows Vista™: Find Your Favorite Features and Discover the Possibilities by S. E. Slack, Joli Ballew

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Understand Video Formats

You should consider a few issues before you get started for the afternoon. Video format decisions are important in your video library because the type of format you choose determines the video file type for the resulting video when you use the Import Video command. You can import video from a videotape in one of two ways: as a Windows Media Video (WMV) file or as the default format from your digital video (DV) device.

Table 8-1 offers some items to consider when choosing a video format.

Table 8-1. Choosing a video format

Consideration

Video Format to Use

Which video-editing program will you use to edit the imported video?

Use a video format supported by the editing program you have.

Are you planning to record your final movie ...

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