A friend is considering a used Panasonic SVHS AG-DP800HP camera.\n\nHe's trying to figure out the least-loss method of getting\nthe video on his PC. Is it possible to take the composite-level\nvideo and (thru a converter) come out as DV/firewire into his\nPC? Such a setup might be great for doing live studio stuff\nthus nothing would ever be recorded onto the internal SVHS tape.\nIf such a converter exists, would it be worse/same/better than\na capture card on the PC?\n\nHe's reluctant to do a lot of playback via the camera...\nsez he'll needlessly wear out the head in the camera - instead\nhe's thinking of buying a SVHS deck for tape playback into a\nconverter or PC capture card, which sounds semi-bogus to me;\nthe fewer links in the chain the better I say.\n\nSo, what are my options? Is there a magic 'coverter' or do I need\na capture card on the PC? What about feeding the SVHS video from\nthe camera into a standalone DVD recorder and burning a disk at\nthe highest resolution and then 'ripping' the disc on his PC?\n(Yea, I know, a lot of potential for loss doing it that way).\n\nExperts forward, please!\n\nThanks!\n\nLee\n\np.s.\nSorry, the email address associated with this posting isn't valid\nanymore, so if emailing instead of posting please email to\n'[email][/email]', but first remove the 'roman numerals for\nnineteen' from the middle of my email address.