Few things in digital media confuse people more than trying to understand high-definition (HD) video formats. Probably the worst decision you can make is to say, “I own this camera; therefore it must be the best one for me to use.” As this chapter makes clear, that’s a great way to make your life very difficult during editing. Every video format has strengths and weaknesses. Make your selection based on how your project will be viewed, the kinds of effects you need to create, how fast the turnaround is between shooting and final output, and overall image quality.
As you’ll discover, learning what these technical terms mean can save you a ton of heartache in the editing suite.