Hey guys .Im a newbie at video editing and would like to ask you a couple of questions. I recently bought a Panasonic PV-GS400 video camera and have been playing with it lots lately. I use Pinnacle Studio 9 to edit what I film, and Im loving it. I tried Adobe Premiere but found it very hard to use and heard that Pinnacle is better for people who are just getting into editing. Anyways, when I finish editing a clip, and want the software to actually make the video I always end up with either a huge file or with really sh*tty quality. A minute of film recorded with the camera takes up approximately 240 MB and is in AVI. Its really good quality, but with this size its unusable. I tried converting to WMV, MPG, AVI and used different codecs, but I cant get what Im looking for. If I look at good quality videos, theyre almost DVD quality, yet the file is half the size of the sh*tty quality I produce. Or for example, when you download movies from the net, theyre about 700MBs, are about 80 minutes long and theyre DVD quality. How do people do that? What am I doing wrong? So basically the question is that if one produces videos, what kind of file extension should he use, and what kind of compression? Any help would be greatly appreciated .