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Camera to Computer to DVD IS this process ok?

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Please give your advice as to if you think there is any downside to this process.

I have a Panasonic SD6000. I put my card into a card reader and copy the entire card (folder structure and all) to my hard drive. I then use Freemake to join the scenes and create an MP4 of the card. I then use Freemake again to burn a DVD if I am sending the movie to family or just keep the MP4 on my computer for viewing.

I also keep the original files from the card.

1) Am I getting any significant loss of quality?
2) If I am never going to use the files again, is there any other reason to retain the original if I have the MP4?
3) Is there a better format to save to instead of MP4?

Thanks for any input.

David
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I have a Panasonic SD6000.

Is it ten times better than the SD600?
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1) Am I getting any significant loss of quality?

Depends on encoder type and encoding parameters.
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If I am never going to use the files again, is there any other reason to retain the original if I have the MP4?

You might think that you would never use them again. Keep the originals.
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Is there a better format to save to instead of MP4?

Better for what? There are many containers. MPEG-2 TS, Matroska and Quicktime being the most popular, IMO. There are other, professional, containers. There are different encoders as well.
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Please give your advice as to if you think there is any downside to this process.

I have a Panasonic SD6000. I put my card into a card reader and copy the entire card (folder structure and all) to my hard drive. I then use Freemake to join the scenes and create an MP4 of the card. I then use Freemake again to burn a DVD if I am sending the movie to family or just keep the MP4 on my computer for viewing.

I also keep the original files from the card.

1) Am I getting any significant loss of quality?
2) If I am never going to use the files again, is there any other reason to retain the original if I have the MP4?
3) Is there a better format to save to instead of MP4?

Thanks for any input.

David

Are you burning onto DVD to share with other people? If not, just keep original files as is and play them whenever you want with your computer or a network player. Hard disks are cheap nowadays.
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Better for what? There are many containers. MPEG-2 TS, Matroska and Quicktime being the most popular, IMO. There are other, professional, containers. There are different encoders as well.

As far as getting the best or one of the best quality video when encoding from MTS to another format. When using Freemake and I choose to convert to MPG4 if I choose the option "same as source" am I getting the best quality I can?
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