A&E's Technical Guides to All Things Audio and Video almost brought me to tears, but not QUITE. I really hope that I don't actually need to do anything about Highlander's funky mix of Interlaced and Progressive, 'cause I've got no clue what that would be.
I now have a full 23 seconds of video and audio in "Windows Movie Maker" for my very first vid. No effects. No transitions. All the clips are from one episode so far.
But, hey, I still feel pretty good! Baby steps, ya know?