I should note at this point, to save the trouble of actually answering any of the comments in the previous thread, that I own Cleaner, so I can turn any format of actual video in to any other in fine form; I can even do several formats simultaneously. I don't need a compressor. I need something that can take a 3-camera set of HD-resolution JPEG stacks, re-stripe it to audio framerates, allow me to edit without a stupid script, and render it to a lossless codec. This should be a fairly simple operation, and in actual fact, Vegas should be able to do all these things. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, Vegas is a complete pile of shit that can't run for 45 seconds without a page fault.
The great irony of all this is that once I've actually managed to turn this pile of bits in to a video (or a different pile of bits), I'll be struck by the fact that it isn't really that impressive. More of a proof-of-concept than anything else. Or a proof that I don't know trig, more to the point.
EDIT: As it turns out, I know plenty of people in the video editing sub-category of the entertainment industry. In conversations with several of them today, they all basically said the same thing: "dude, you need to get yourself FCP and shut the fuck up." So, that's what I'll do. In the mean-time, I was able to do a rudimentary version of what the fuck I was attempting to pull off in iMovie HD, of all things. 'Tis rendering now, so I'll shut the fuck up and upload it, and thus be able to let my OCD turn to other tasks, like typing encouraging things in the Adium window while Adam sweats out the DSP for our next product. So the next post on here will theoretically be a video, then we can return to our regularly scheduled programming.