So, I've tried to enter the AMV contest twice now. The first time I was a n00b who'd only ever used WMM, and was denied because it was the wrong format. Then a few years ago, I got myself Vegas 6.0 and started playing around with it. I made three AMVs and was excited about entering them last year. However, the files were waaaay too big. So I had to compress them. And after that, they looked . . . okay on my computer's screen, but I received an email later that said that the picture/quality would be OHGODNO if it was blown up on the big screen at the con, because of the compression which had screwed up the quality. So, that was another flop.
This year, I would like to actually be able to get an AMV into the bloody contest. I don't care if I win, I just want to see it up there. However, I still get huge files, and I want to know if there's something I can do to compress them into a good format that will be accepted and not have the quality go "SFjdkshfjkdsahfjasguh" on the big screen.
So, I ask all of you who've done this before: What do you guys do to compress YOUR files without screwing it all up? A program, or what?
If anyone can give me a step-by-step for dummies, I would be most grateful.