My import software is cranky

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Steve, Oct 11, 2003.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest


    I'm using Sony's Pixela (which may be my first mistake) to import footage
    into my XP Pro (NTFS, 2x200GB HD, 1 GB RAM) computer. The PDX10 came with a
    USB cable and this allows me to capture in MPEG 1 in four degrees of quality
    and avi. I want to keep it in .avi so I can burn it to DVD eventually and
    take the disk to a friends house and view the video in its original quality.

    The problem is that Pixela complains that there isn't enough hard drive
    space (despite setting aside ample space in its Capture Preferences
    dialog). Pixela seems to be set up to treat i.Link as the preferred mode of
    operation for DV's so maybe I need to spring for the 4-pin to 6-pin firewire

    I'm getting the feeling that software people prefer the IEEE transfer
    because Microsoft Movie Maker 2 nor Roxio VideoWave that came with the
    computer even provide for avi from USB 2.

    I'll get to real editing software someday but for now I'd just like to
    transfer what's on tape to the hard disk in a format that will preserve the
    original S-video quality level, do some basic cut and paste, and save it to

    Thanks for any suggestions, Steve.
    Steve, Oct 11, 2003
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  2. Steve

    Erik Schuit Guest

    Skip the USB transfer. Buy a 6-4 firewire cable. Capture DV, edit with a
    videoeditor, convert to compliant MPEG2, author the DVD.

    Here's what I use:

    Capture: Scenalyzer (
    Edit: Premiere 6.5
    Export to MPEG: Premiere 6.5
    Author DVD: DVD-lab (

    Regards, Erik
    Erik Schuit, Oct 11, 2003
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  3. For DV-AVI format, you need to transfer by the faster firewire connection.
    Spring for the cable.

    PapaJohn \(MVP\), Oct 11, 2003
  4. Steve

    LVTravel Guest

    This may be a problem with file size and not hard drive space. Some older
    programs will restrict the file size to either 2 GB or 4 GB as its maximum

    To increase the speed and clarity of the capture from your camera, you
    should be using IEEE1394 (firewire) attachment to the computer.
    LVTravel, Oct 12, 2003
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