Originally Posted by Sidewalkbowling
B.) if the windows vista encoder-captured .wmv files are the highest calibre for editing and uploading.
Windows Media Video (*.wmv) is a horrid file format for editing.
You may want to consider something like the inexpensive Adobe Premiere Elements. You will find a lot more options for capturing and editing will be vastly easier with much higher quality results. You can even output directly to HD formats for YouTube.