I'm a relative beginner to editing, though exper at Win MM; and wish to make a wise capture/editing purchase. Would you comment on my considerations?
I wish to capture analog/VHS & S-VHS/DVD/DV/WMV and other formats initially, with future editing capabilities for HDV if possible. Budget from $300- 700 or so initially. With fireware card addition, I am most inclined to Canopus ADVC 110 or Datavision 200 boxes(read review-comparison, 200 deemed superior image quality), wonder what you feel about the cost/benefits of Canopus 300, and am curious whether you feel that the Canopus AceDVio card would offer any advantages over firewire Convertors (Edius info states realtime editing funtions with card-?).
Most of my source will be HQ S-VHS (JVC HR-S9800 w/s-vid). Will the 300 offer appreciable benefits with my S-VHS w/TBC- material? What do you think offers the best solution? Conversion to MPEG-2 as well as DV would be great for analog unedited archival.
Software editing considered needs to be a not-too-steep learning curve and includes Ulead Studio, Vegas 7, and Edius Pro 4. I have read things like "Vegas is user-friendly but limited video features"; Ulead as "easy user interface, stable, but clutzy", and for Edius, only one forum user's opinion (highly complimentary!). My computer system is reasonably powerful. Realtime editing features were at one time a strong desire, but the Matrox RX-100 is no longer available( nor is the Canopus DVstorm), so any realtime is simulation-downrez preview dependent on CPU power, it seems. All work will be authored for DVD. I am unsure if editing of DD 5.1 within editing prog is better than what can be incorporated with an authoring program, and some analog source will be DVD or analog Direct TV with Dolby 5.1... therefore, does Vegas audio capabilities matter much? What about Edius influenced your decision to use it as editing program, if you do?
Thank you in advance for your opinions on these quandries of mine.