I may be doing all I can now, but am always tinkering and thinking wishfully on how I might do things differently. Among my stable (growing stable) of cams is an early '90's era hi-end consumer model from Sony called a CCDV5000. It's a neat old hi-8 beast, and, although old in the tooth, takes some nice shots and is fun to hold and use.
Anyhow, the only transfer/digitizing solutions I've come up with so far work, but, it would be nice if I could streamline the process.
I use a Shuttle XPC small form factor PC for editing purposes, so I don't have room for specialized PCI or other cards dedicated to analog-->digital conversion.
I own a Dazzle DVC90 that will convert analog video to avi via usb2.0. But, the only software with which it seems to be compatible is Pinnacle's Studio (I have version 9). My experience with Pinnacle has always been less than stellar, and this solution seems to suffer accordingly. As Dazzle imports video, it leaves intermittent artifacts, usually affecting only one frame, but, in critical footage, these have to be edited out frame by frame - very annoying. I would love to be able to try the Dazzle with some other application or, best of all, find some method of digitizing from this cam via firewire.
Any suggestions would be most appreciated.