How do I get "TV Quality" video on my computer from my Sony Digital HandyCam?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Steven Walker, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. In other words... when I capture video from my handycam to my computer
    using the Pixela software that it came with, the resulting image is
    tiny and of less than good quality. When I simply play the video from
    my Handycam out to my TV it is a beautiful picture on my 36" TV. I
    have reduced my computer resolution down to 800x600 with no luck. I
    can't figure this out. Help!... with thanks.
    Steven Walker, Jan 28, 2004
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  2. Steven Walker

    print_maker Guest

    if you have XP, try Windows Movie Maker and capture to DV-AVI (or you'll
    want to get reccomendations for other software that'll do the job)

    it's not about the resolution your monitor is set at, it is about the codec
    you capture (compress the video) with
    print_maker, Jan 28, 2004
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  3. Steven Walker

    Brian Guest

    Pixela is compressing your video and reducing it's quality.
    When you play back the video from your camera to your television then
    the video is not compressed so you are getting good quality.

    I'd suggest trying another video editing program. Some are freeware. is a good place to start.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Jan 28, 2004
  4. Steven Walker

    dylan_j Guest

    It could be that the quality of the picture is being reduced in
    playback in order to make it play smoothly. Quicktime does this for
    example, unless you enable "High Quality" mode, which this may cause
    playback to stutter unless you have a pertty powerful computer and
    video card.

    It would help if you could say what computer you have, what kind of
    camera you have and how you are connecting the camera to the computer
    to record the footage. (PCI capture card? a analogue USB video pridge
    like the dazzle? firewire directly?)0

    Bear in mind that footage played back ona computer on the monitor
    will never look quite the same as the same footage played back
    directly on a TV as monitor render the image in a number of different
    dylan_j, Jan 28, 2004
  5. Using the USB connection for transferring video inherently limits
    the quality (on the Sony, to the mpeg1 compression built into the
    camera -- this is at much lower resolution and quality than the DV
    format on tape). You need to use firewire -- if you're lucky, your
    computer already has a firewire port, so all you need is the cable and
    software. MS's Moviemaker can work fine for basic editing, but there
    are other options.
    Jeffery S. Jones, Jan 28, 2004
  6. You are capturing with USB. That is usually only for streaming video,
    like you see on the internet. For full resolution video, you need
    "full resolution" capture.
    1) Easiest, best and cheapest way: Get a firewire card, then connect
    the firewire connector from your "DV in/out" of your camcorder to the
    firewire card input. You will then get full resolution capture "just
    like you see on TV".
    2) You can also get full resolution capture with an analog capture
    card (like an internal "TV capture card"), as long as the card will
    capture full resolution video (like 704x480 or 720x480). You use the
    "S-Video out" from your camcorder to the capture card's input, in this
    case. You'll need a really fast computer for good results.

    P. K. Kid
    Non-commercial stereoscopic 3D video:
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    The Puppet Kite Kid, Jan 28, 2004
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