There quite a few Q & A threads here. People asked for codec and tool recommendations.
I've studied most of that, Mela. Some very good information and many questions answered. It is just good enough, however, to really whet my appetite for knowledge. I'm hoping to have my equipment purchased by mid-July and have a working knowledge before September ... another extended trip through western USA.
I'm now working my way thru VideoMaker Magazine ... and others.
Any guidance greatly appreciated.