Complete noob question

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by KillingJoke, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. KillingJoke

    KillingJoke Guest

    Ok, just got my first ever Cam - a Sony HC30E. Now, I'm so far impressed
    with the camera, but oh dear, video capture has been a nightmare. My PC
    only has USB 1.1 and this is what I've used to stream the video. Now I
    realise that this speed transfer is too slow, but my question is this: will
    this affect the quality of the capture or should it just take longer?

    OK, I KNOW I need firewire for DV, but what software? The c**p that came
    with the Cam is the most pitiful excuse for software I have ever had the
    misfortune to use - Sony should be ashamed. Tried Pinnacle 9 and the
    default Windows Moviemaker software that comes with XP. Both seem OK - to a
    point; but neither fulfils my expectations. I'm savvy with DivX/XviD
    encoding and all I want is a decent MPEG file to mess around with. Pinnacle
    produces unusable MPEGs and WMV is just that. Tried Vegas 5, but that just
    crashed on trying to run the vid capture program within.

    Back to Pinnacle 9, which seems the best of a bad bunch so far. The raw AVI
    produced is nothing I've ever seen before - and is it really an MPEG4 file,
    gspot doesn't think so? The only players that seem to show this file are
    MPC and VLC (incorrect colours though). BSplayer and WMP crash trying to
    play these, but I can import into VirtualDub to 'play' with. And as
    mentioned the MPEGs (1 or 2) produced are unusable in anything, including
    VirtualDub.

    I expect Adobe Premier is the next step, but HOW MUCH?!?!?

    Please help a newbie get to grips with all this - all I want is a simple
    capture program that will give me something I can play around with in
    VirtualDub or Nandub, encode to DivX/XviD and let me get on.

    Thanks

    Kj


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    KillingJoke, Aug 10, 2004
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  2. "KillingJoke" <> wrote in message
    news:...

    > Please help a newbie get to grips with all this - all I want is a simple
    > capture program that will give me something I can play around with in
    > VirtualDub or Nandub, encode to DivX/XviD and let me get on.


    You are going to need to get a firewire card and cable to get started and
    this will be about £30 and will probably come with some nasty software which
    you are best binning. At least XP supports firewire so you only need a
    capture programme like dvio http://www.carr-engineering.com/dvio.htm (that's
    what i use anyway) and these files should play wine in vlc & mpc.

    To open your dv file in virtualdub you will probably neede the panasonic dv
    codec http://users.tpg.com.au/mtam/install_panvfwdv.htm and then you can
    save from virtualdub using the xvid/divx codec.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/mtam/software.htm has some useful information on
    software
     
    Adrian Boliston, Aug 10, 2004
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  3. KillingJoke

    KillingJoke Guest

    Thank you both Adrian and Tony for your informative replies. :)


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