Don't use PMB.
2) Your clips are getting much more compressed.
3) Any camcorder will do - including the one you are using, assuming there is enough light. Don't use PMB. Video editors like Sony Vegas can import AVCHD video edit in high definition and export as less compressed video (resulting in larger file size and improved video quality).
WMV is a file type - an envelope - that can contain different kinds of video at different compression rates. It is not so much a WMV issue as it is an issue of the video file inside that WMV envelope.
If you are in the market for a new camcorder "that won't be lose quality when I convert to WMV", you should actually be looking into better software and computer, too... As camcorders increase in price, the lenses and imaging chips get larger and more features (like a mic jack and various manual controls) appear. And the amount of compression applied to the video starts to go down. Your camcorder captures very compressed video - we don't know what you are comparing against, or what editing tools they are using or what compression is used when the file is rendered and prepared for uploading. My 3 minute: 15 second high quality 1080 high definition videos I upload to YouTube are about 1 gig.
Hi all.. I currently do custom made home videos of females in acting situations and upload them. The people like the natural clips and don't like a whole lot of editing done. Currently I use a Sony Handycam CRX-110 w/ high def mode. I wanted to ask a few questions..
1) When I upload the videos onto PMB, the videos appear crisp and in high definition mode. When I convert them onto WMV format, it gives the option of Low quality, standard definition (1,000 kbps) and High quality (3,000 kbps). I always choose high quality (3,000 kbps). However, when I use all modes, everything appears the same. Why is that?
2) When I upload the videos, a 7 minute clip is usually 95 MB, however when I look at other people's clips, their 7 minute clips are sometimes 250 MB, what is the difference?
3) What is a new and good Sony camcorder I could use (high def) that would great for amateur video clips for excellent quality that won't be lose quality when I convert to WMV?