Help MeTake the Plunge

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Bill Tieleman, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. I have been doing allot of reading on this and other websites/forums,
    in an attempt to get off to the best start in digital video. I'd
    sincerely appreciate any opinions, insight, and direction you could

    My initial goal is simply:
    1) archive all my VHS and Hi8 home movies as avi's.
    2) convert all my VHS and Hi8 home movies straight to DVD.

    Once I gain more knowledge and experience, I later intend to:
    3) edit and author the archived avi's into polished DVD's.

    My system is currently equipped as follows...

    Model: Dell Dimension 4400
    Processor: Pentium 4 @ 1.80GHz
    Memory: 1024MB (1GB) PC133/DDR SDRAM
    OS: Windows XP Professional Version 5.1.2600
    Monitor: 17" Dell P792-FD Trinitron 32bit True Color
    (max resolution 1600x1200 @ 75Hz)
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600XT AGP-8X 128MB-DDR
    Hard Disk: 40GB IDE Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM
    IBM Deskstar 60GXP
    Hard Disk: 160GB IDE Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM
    Seagate ST3160023A
    DVD Burner: Sony DWU14A DVD+|-R, DVD+|-RW, CD-R|RW
    Sound Card: Creative SB Live Wave Device 16bit 44kHz
    USB Port 1: 82801BA/BAM USB 1.1(?)
    Universal Host Controller - 2442
    USB Port 2: 82801BA/BAM USB 1.1(?)
    Universal Host Controller – 2444

    I was initially considering Pinnacle's Studio Deluxe 8, or ADS's
    InstantDVD+DV, but dismissed both for all the bad rap they get. I've
    decided to spend the extra coin on the hardware and do things
    (hopefully) right at the start with:

    - Canopus ADVC-300
    - ADS Pyro 1394b PCI FireWire Card
    - WinDV (to capture)
    - TMPGEnc Plus 2.5 (to encode)
    - Nero 6.0 (to burn)

    I'm thinking that I can subsequently learn basic editing on TMPGEnc
    Plus 2.5, adding TMPGEnc DVD Author 1.5 to get my arms around DVD

    Later, if all goes well, maybe a step up to a DV camera and Vegas+DVD

    Before I pull the trigger, I'd very much like to hear your input and
    suggestions on my intended initial setup. Am I on the right track?
    Missing something? Could I do better up front? Please feel free to
    comment at length.

    Thanks very much for your time and consideration.

    Bill Tieleman
    Bill Tieleman, Feb 2, 2004
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  2. Its not hard to tell you have been lurking here, nice setup. I have the
    ADVC-100 and its great, the 300 would be even better. It comes down to a
    choice of software then.
    The other one., Feb 2, 2004
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  3. Bill Tieleman

    mikep76 Guest


    If you are going to archive "all my VHS and Hi8 home movies as avi's"
    I hope you don't have very many of them, because each hour will
    require about 13 Gig's.
    (That is assuming that you will import the footage as miniDV avi's.)
    Since you intend to purchase a Canopus ADVC-300, that would be my
    assumption. That means that you will be able to store about 12 hours
    on your 160 gig drive.

    Since you later say that some time later you may step up to a DV
    camcorder, it would appear you intend to keep the avi's on your
    computer hard drive for months or years ? I suggest that you either
    buy a bunch of extra hard drives, or better yet, buy that DV camcorder
    now and immediately archive all your footage back to miniDV tape.
    Then you can import from those miniDV tapes anytime you want, one at a
    time, to do your polishing and burning of your final DVD's.

    If you do go forward with your plan to become a Non-Linear Video
    Editor, let me or any of the other posters know, and one of us can
    direct you to a site where you can shake your addiction using the NLVE
    12-Step Program ;-)
    mikep76, Feb 2, 2004
  4. While you are absolutely right about the Gigs/hr, given HD prices,
    it's not that unreasonable even now, and will be the way to go within
    a couple of years.

    At about $1 per Gig for an external FW HD, that's $13/hour. If you
    have 20 hours of video, that's only $260. Even with 100 hours, it's
    $1,300, about the price of a high end consumer camera. Given the
    convenience of having all your video almost instantly available, it
    might be worth it. Tape is a real hassle due to its sequential access.

    All that said, I still haven't put my library on HD's. But I have
    considered it and will probably do so in a year or two when the cost
    has come down even more.

    Isn't technology amazing!

    Martin Hellman, Feb 3, 2004
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