Ok, basically my main goal is to preserve image quality at all cost (harddrive space is not an issue). I uploaded footage shot on Sony's Digital8 Format (records onto a 8mm). I edited and now I want to export. Here's my problem: I went to export, using "As Quicktime Movie". It did it's thing and the file size was comparable to the size of the raw footage (captured via FCE 4). BUT, I decided to Export using Quicktime Conversion, and I picked H.264 with the max settings. The H.264 version had noticeable better quality. What's the deal? I'm lost, isn't "As Quicktime Movie" supposed to be the same quality as footage captured? So if someone can explain without throwing too much jargon, I'd appreciate it.