I would suggest that you first do a little research of your own on google..etc or even go tru past posts on this forum before starting a new post..tell me how to edit....
It can come off as a bit lazy.
2, Are you serious??? http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+to+edit+my+first+movie
3, final format depends on the delivery platform ..web/DVD/Bluray..etc.. so there is no oneoff usual final format.
But... Its possible that eninja can be a total newbie to video.
Nonetheless, here is my response:
1. You can edit what you have without any transformation. But, you will encounter a lot of lag and/or a lot rendering. You probably benifit by transforming into a edit friendly format like Pro Res, but its still going to be .mov
2. Yes, chop, reject, piece together video, add transitions, effects.
3. The final format can remain .mov... Let the DVD/Blu-Ray software transform the video as it records it to DVD.
To the newbie, Im sure none of the above makes any sense either if you are an extreme newbie. Do you think that .mov files are like .cr2 files? Its not... You can play .mov files on QuickTime, .mov files are like Jpeg...
I guess MOV is more friendly on a mac as opposed to a PC.
To best explain number 2, watch a movie or even a music video, watch it carefully for content, then watch it again for how often the scene changes, time the scene change too. Then look at how often the angle changes within a scene... Also look at different transitions and effects. There is also various color grading too. But overall, it should tell you why you need to edit, its really a filmmaking process. Not for your average video about your son/daughter's basketball game.