I have been all over the Internet and am still confused about video formats. It used to be so simple with far less choices. I'm shooting home movies and editing them in iMovie '08. Once that's done I want to save a high quality original of my completed movies. I have two sources of home footage. DV Tape from my older camcorder and MOV files from my new Kodak zx1 pocket video camera. I had pretty much decided to use the "export using Quicktime" option so save to DV Stream - big but I figured, that was as close to an original copy as I could get. Now the Pocket Video Camera complicates things. I took a look at the original clips from that camera and they are MOV files at 59.94fps encoded with the Ambarella AVC Encoder 1280x720 and ACC Stereo 48kHz. So if I make a movie with just these clips, is there any point in saving as DV since they were never DV format to begin with? I did an export to DV stream and the odd thing as that the size ended up being 853x480 pixels and 29.97fps (what happened to my extra pixes and extra frames). 8 minutes of video ended up being 1.58 GB. I usually have no problem with that except that the source video was actually far less than that. So, if they start as MOV files, maybe I should be exporting as MOV files? So I used the Quicktime export option to save as MOV using H264 and set it to the 1280x720p size. It ended up still being 29.97fps (should I force it to the original 59.94fps?) So.... DV - why is the size of the video winder smaller and does it matter? FPS - Should I force it to the original 59.94fps or leave it at the default 29.97fps? Data Rate - what the heck is this and what do I do with it? My original camera footage had a data rate of 13.66 mb/s which comes out to 14,233kb/s for the settings window. Elsewhere I read to use 5000kb/s. Aaarrrggghh! To many options All I want to know is how to save my final movies so I have the highest quality original backup possible but there are too many settings and too many options. Can anyone help?