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Old January 22nd, 2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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Convert AVI to MOV files, lossless?

Hi Folks,

I've successfully tried converting an AVI file to an MOV file (short 3 sec clip) using HD Link; and turned out that the MOV clip is a smaller file.

What I want to know is if there's a loss in quality when doing so?

(I've orginally shot the SD footage, captured thru firewire, and edited on Premiere Pro CS2. Now the client wants a do-over with their own editor, but the new editor is running Final Cut. So I thought I'd make it easier on everyone by converting the AVI files into Quicktime/MOV files. Or I can just send him the original miniDV tapes and be done with it :)

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Old January 22nd, 2010, 01:41 PM   #2
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Jeff, rewrapping is a lossless process - the video essence is transferred without change. With such a short file it is probably the difference in the header information that caused the file size difference.
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