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    I'll start this off with a statement that you guys surely see a lot here.... "I'm new to video editing". lol

    I just bought a Canon DC-50 camcorder that records directly to mini-DVDs. When playing back directly on my big screen TV the pic quality is excellent. But, when I capture the video on my PC using an analog tuner/capture card and Nero and then burning it back to a DVD and playing that DVD on my big screen the picture is grainy, and jitters. When playing back on a smaller screen (i.e. my PC's monitor) the quality seems fine.

    Is the problem that I'm taking a digital source (mini DVD) then capturing it via analog then putting it back in digital format? Any suggestions or questions welcome, thanks.

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    Yes, that is probably the reason why. Stick to digital transfer as much as possible to keep the video signal as good as possible. Are you capturing to a desktop pc or laptop? And what spec is your computer, as this may be responsible for the jittery video.

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    It's a Dell desktop, 2Ghz cpu, 2gb ram. It's not a speed demon but I think it should be ok for this.

    How do I transfer video directly to the PC and keep it digital?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRRLacher View Post

    How do I transfer video directly to the PC and keep it digital?
    anyone have any ideas on this one?

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    Try ripping the data from the mini DVD to your hard drive.


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    Stop using the analog tuner/capture card and either use the method bert6280 describes above or use a USB cable.

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    Also, defragment your hard disk if you haven't done it in a while. And check it again before every video project.

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    Good info, I've never defragged the drive (PC is about 1.5 years old). Will do that then try ripping straight from the mini DVD.

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    You haven't defragged your hard disk in 1.5 years!!!, when you go to do it, it might take a few hours so be prepared for a bit of a wait. You could also do a disk cleanup and in START->RUN type prefetch and click OK, this will also clear out temporary files (shortcuts to files you've used in the past on a regular basis - it just speeds them up at loading time).

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    I should have added, when the prefetch window opens, select all the files, hold down CTRL+A and delete them by sending them to the Recycle Bin.
    Last edited by Nikosony; 10-04-2007 at 05:29 PM.

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