Hello to all. Video capture is new to me, but I do know a bit about camcorders and PC's. I have lots of Hi8 accumulated that I never did get round to editing. So to make a (slow) start I thought I would get it all off Hi8 tape and on to HD / DVD. So my main objective is to simply to get the footage off the tape, and into a digital file, which I will have a go at editing some time in the future.
Having read a little about it on this site, I have splashed out on a Canopus ADVC100. I have connected my Sony TR3200 to the ADVC via S video and composite sound cables. The output of the converter goes to the PC via a firewire cable. The PC is Athlon XP2400+, 512MB DDR, 128MB ATi Radeon, Windows XP home service pack 2.
I have tried a test copy of about 15 minutes, using the Windows movie maker, which seemed to go all right. My problem is when I play the resultant file back on screen, there is a sort of shimmering mirror effect on the very bottom of the screen. The rest of the picture is fine. It is only is about a mm or two, but just spoils the whole thing really. I don't want to copy all these tapes, only to find I could have avoided this defect with a simple fix.
Another thing that may help is I have noticed exactly the same effect when copying VHS tape to dvd on a Sharp VHS/DVD combi. When I play that DVD back, there is a mirror/shimmer at the bottom mm or two of screen.
If any one can throw some light on this strange effect, it could sve me a lot of time and hassle.
Happy New Year to all.