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Old 04-28-04, 09:38 AM
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Question on camcorder to PC transfer

Can anyone tell me if this is true:

I can connect a camcorder to the SB Audigy 2 firewire port and then transfer recorded video from the DV tape to the PC. Right?
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Old 04-28-04, 09:48 AM
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Assuming you have some capture software and your camcorder has a Firewire/i.Link/IEEE1394 port, yes.
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Old 04-28-04, 09:50 AM
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Originally posted by danw
Assuming you have some capture software and your camcorder has a Firewire/i.Link/IEEE1394 port, yes.
I know the cam has such a port, yes. So it would capture both audio and video, right?

Also, what's the best capture software to use? Is this good? http://www.jhepple.com/video_capture_software.htm
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Old 04-28-04, 10:02 AM
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If you're using Windows XP, Windows Movie Maker should do what you want to do. And yes, it will capture audio and video. Make sure you've got lots of disk space, though.
I personally use Pinnacle Studio to do my captures/downloads.
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Old 04-28-04, 10:16 AM
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I agree with Nosmo Rex, Windows Movie Maker is alright. You'll need about 13GB of disk space for an hour of video.

You really want to use NTFS as your file system, if you aren't already. (Which means you need to be running NT, 2000, or XP.) Reason being, FAT32 will limit you to 4GB files--only about 20 minutes of footage. NTFS has a limit, but it's huge (4TB?).
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Old 04-28-04, 10:21 AM
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Thanks for all the help. And yes I have XP.

Wow 13 GB for 1 hour? I sooo need to move all these *ahem* vids/games/etc to a DVDR to free up some space on my 60GB HD.

I take it they'd be avi then I guess I could convert to SVCD or something (I doubt it's worth converting to DVD since it's not exactly $10,000 equipment).
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miniDV is very good quality stuff. Try creating an SVCD and DVD and decide what you want.
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Old 04-28-04, 03:51 PM
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You need to have XP and the NTFS (NT File system). Many systems come setup with FAT File System. You can check by right clicking the drive and looking at the properties. I have done VCD, SVCD and DVD and clearly DVD is the best. I have still not found a single solution for capturing, authoring, converting, and burning that I like so I use, Adobe Premeire, Nero, TMpg tools, and sometime Window's Movie Maker to get it down.

Make sure when you capture that all nonessential programs are shutdown, including things in your taskbar.
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