I own a Sony DCR-HC96 (NTSC version) and now that I have taped some home movies I would like to transfer them to my computer and then burn them to a DVD for viewing and storage.

This is where the problem starts. I captured the video to my computer using Ulead VideoStudio 8 (which came with the firewire I purchased). At this point I didn't know what to do next so I converted the file into an mpeg 1 and then burned it to a DVD using Nero Vision Express. When I played it on my DVD player the picture quality was terrible. It is also important to note that while burning the files I also converted them to PAL as that is the local video type and I do not have a multi system DVD.

So, what am I doing wrong and what is the best way to capture and burn DV video?

Thanks to anybody who can help me.