People might disagree with me about this, but my opinion is that if you’re new to video, you should NOT get caught up in the highly technical aspects of video.
I see video as being two things at the same time: technical and artistic.
The problem with focusing on the technical aspect of video is that it could stop you from shooting. As an example, sometimes people get “analysis paralysis” as they try to research (to death) what codec they should use while shooting.
I say don’t worry about the codec when you’re new. Just shoot video. The act of shooting will help you learn what technical aspects you need to know. In fact, after shooting for a while, it’s highly possible that you’ll find out what situations you like (or need) to shoot the most, and often that will help you determine a good codec.
And that’s the thing: many of the technical questions are answered by the situations you find yourself in. But you can’t be in shooting situations unless you’re shooting. Do you see my logic?
What frame rates do you need?
Should you use Long GOP or I-Frames?
How do you optimize for the web?
All of these are good questions…for later. Right now, if you’re new to video, just pick up a camera and shoot.
Will you make mistakes? Sure. But that’s exactly the best way to learn.
My Izzy Video Members know that I focus mostly on the fundamentals of video. My goal is to help you understand what you need to know when you’re starting. I cover technical stuff too, but it’s not the priority. Why? Because a lot of my audience is new to video.