What I use: PC Laptop and Adobe After Effects
Since I don't have a mac, I use Pinnacle Studio 12 to download the video from my camera to my laptop.
1. I usually choose AVI when I download the video from Pinnacle Studio because the quality is better than MOV. Is there a reason this is happening? Everyone tells me MOV is better.
2. After I'm done making my edits using After Effects, I download the film in AVI format (Same reason as above) but the quality is bad. However, when I upload the file into Youtube the quality of the film improves dramatically. What am I doing wrong? Why is the quality better in Youtube and not in the original file?