Which DV capture/edit software to get?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Mikey, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. Mikey

    Mikey Guest

    Hi all, and TIA for your suggestions. Here's my situation:

    I'm a long-time experienced audio producer/engineer sticking my head
    into video. I'm planning to take a few courses soon (basic production,
    maybe field production, & final cut) - I DO plan to actually learn
    about video/lighting/exposures/etc.

    I'd like some suggestions on capture/editing software. My current
    computer/video setup is:

    Athlon 1100 o.c.'ed to 1700
    XP home
    USB built-in (dunno if it's 1.1 or 2.0. I think 2.0 - dunno how to
    find out)
    PCI Firewire card installed (VIA)
    TDK DVD+/- RW/CDRW burner
    Samsung SDC107 mini DV (I Know, I Know, but it does have USB, A/v
    composite, SVHS, & firewire out). The s/w coming with it is a joke. I
    consider the cam to be a disposable learning tool until I know enough
    & have enough $ to buy better front-end gear.
    I have a few monitors to choose from (microtek 815c 18" LCD, Sony
    Trinitron 17" Multiscan 200ES CRT, & a KDS 21" CRT).

    My intentions:
    Shoot and edit a limited # of music videos, promos/video demos for
    dancers/singers, a few smaller commercial/industrial projects, maybe -
    maybe - moving into TV commercials *someday*. Not depending on making
    a living at it.

    My questions:

    1)What capture/edit s/w should I get for now, with an eye toward
    upgrading in the future? I'd have a leg up in Vegas Video, having used
    Sound Forge, and occasionally Acid, and lots of Sonar. I can capture &
    save thru USB w/ the Samsung s/w, but only @ 5fps! And I can't play it
    back in WMP 9, I get a msg saying something about not having audio tag
    45. Gets me to thinking that the SDC107 may require something
    different to use for firewire capture.

    2) should I maybe get 2 programs? 1 for capture and 1 for editing?
    That would be more expensive, right? Or is there any good freeware for
    DV capture only?

    3) And what about DVD authoring software? At this point I cant even
    ask an intelligent question about it.

    I really don't want to spend much more than $200-$300 right now, tho I
    can get an educator's discount. I'm not planning to go heavy on SFX at
    this time, but having the option later would be very nice.

    Any ideas?

    Nova Music Productions
    Mikey, Oct 28, 2004
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  2. Mikey

    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Considering your experience with Sound Forge and Acid, definitely go with
    Vegas 5 + DVD Production Suite. You'll be up and running much faster than
    virtually any other NLE. I've been using Vegas since it was Vegas Audio 1.0
    and the constant improvements have been great.
    Go to http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/products/vegasfamily.asp to
    download a trial version to play with.
    A much faster computer is highly recommended but your existing computer will
    run Vegas. I've got it on a P3 500 at work (student use) and, while quite
    slow, it still works.
    I just checked and www.academicsuperstore.com has the full package for $300
    which is what you were looking for. BTW, Premiere Pro (editing) and Encore
    (DVD authoring) will cost you $420, another reason to go for Vegas+DVD :)

    Mike Kujbida, Oct 28, 2004
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