Documentary & Tech Questions

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Jacques E. Bouchard, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Are you sure it doesn't have a firewire port? I gave away last year a Hi-8
    Sony camcorder that, in spite of its age, had firewire.

    A firewire card for your computer (if it doesn't already have a port) is a
    lot cheaper than a capture card.

    Jacques E. Bouchard, Jun 28, 2008
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  2. Jacques E. Bouchard

    Zeroforce Guest

    Hi all. Here's the scoop.

    I'm going to be filming a documentary about a Walk For Leukemia, a
    rather rare form at that, and I am limited on budget.

    I am filming analog, probably black and white. Because capture cards
    are insanely expensive, I am going to transfer the video to a DVD
    burner, and then ri[ the video off the DVD onto a computer. I can set
    the recorder to only do 1 chapter so my video is one continuous file.
    My question is, how do I rip FROM DVD and what formats can I rip to?

    I realize this is cheap cheap cheap, however, this documentary won't
    be seen by anybody really impressive, and yes, I am new to this.
    Zeroforce, Jun 28, 2008
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  3. Jacques E. Bouchard

    Smarty Guest

    Analog capture devices are dirt cheap, and your camera output, which I
    assume is composite video and audio in either NTSC or PAL format can be
    brought into the computer directly without burning a DVD and then ripping
    it. Tell us more about your camera and its output and we can recommend some
    very low cost capture solution, well below $100, and probably closer to 40
    or 50 bucks.

    Smarty, Jun 28, 2008
  4. Jacques E. Bouchard

    Smarty Guest

    Here, for example, is a super cheap Dazzle for $34.....

    Not my recommendation, but an illustration of what I am suggesting to you...

    Smarty, Jun 28, 2008
  5. Jacques E. Bouchard

    Zeroforce Guest

    My Camera is a Hi-8 Sony, uses S-Video and RCA hookups. I am leaning
    towards using the S-video. This camera has produced amazing results
    for being the technology it is (I have also shot on an HDD by JVC, and
    I prefer the audio, and video flexability of my sony).

    I know none of this is even near pro equipment, but you start some

    Zeroforce, Jun 28, 2008
  6. Jacques E. Bouchard

    Smarty Guest

    The capture device I linked you to actually has both composite and S-Video
    inputs so take your pick.

    If your goal is to author black and white as you originally stated, S-Video
    has very little to offer you, since the primary virtue of S-Video interfaces
    is the deliberate separation / preservation of the chroma signal which you
    apparently will not need or use. Nonetheless, a cheap capture device like
    the one I linked to you would your video into the computer for editing, and
    the remaining steps can be discussed next if you want to get into them.

    If there is a Firewire connector on your camera, which typically shows up on
    Digital Hi-8 but not usually on Hi-8 camcorders like yours, then a $10-$15
    Firewire card is indeed a cheaper and better approach to ingest the video.


    Smarty, Jun 29, 2008
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