Please help a newbie...

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Srm72499, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. Srm72499

    Srm72499 Guest

    I am trying to get all the hardware/software required to get my home movies
    edited nicely and burned onto DVD. I have purchased my camera and computer
    separately, and although they are apparently not the most popular models
    available (per reading this newsgroup), I did get them fairly inexpensively.
    Here's what I have:
    cameras: Canon XL1 and an old analog Hi8 model
    computer: Compaq Presario 6000 w/ firewire in and a DVD burner
    old analog input card: Avermedia TV98 (paid $10)

    Now my questions...
    1. The Avermedia card is currently hooked up to a separate computer. I
    believe it is a cheap card - what makes the more expensive cards better? What
    cards (specifics, please) should I consider? Will software allow me to mix
    video from my analog camera with stuff from my XL1?
    2. Should I just get an analog-firewire bridge? If so, what specific models
    should I look at? Will I then be able to mix vids from both cameras?
    3. What software should I consider for editing/DVD burning? Do these need to
    be separate software products? Do these s/w products also convert to mpegs for
    small web clips?
    4. Anything else I should be aware of???

    Please help - none of the local retailers have been much help. I spent many
    months worth of fun money for the camera and the computer, so I would really
    like to make this work. Thanks.

    Srm72499, Aug 4, 2003
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  2. Srm72499

    Srm72499 Guest

    And how's the Dazzle Hollywood bridge that is often on eBay?
    Srm72499, Aug 4, 2003
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