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    Default Frequently Asked Questions - Please Read Before Posting!

    I'm dropping frames when capturing via firewire! Help! aka The data rate on Drive C: is less than the required rate of 4444 Kbyte/second

    Defragment your hard drive. If the disk has to continuously seek, the data rate wil fall and you'll start to loose chunks of data - i.e drop frames. If you still can't capture on a tidy disk, it's time to invest in a better hard drive.

    I've got a DV camera and capturing via the supplied USB cable, but the quality is awful! I thought digital was supposed to be better?

    The data rate of USB 1.1 isn't sufficient to transfer digital video. You need to use the DV (firewire/ilink) connection to get better quality. And before you ask, the DV standard is firewire and camcorders do NOT use USB2 (which has a theoretically higher data transfer rate). This is because the method of transfer in DV is better suited to video.

    How should I capture? DV, USB, or S-video?

    Capturing via DV (aka I1994, ilink or Firewire) is a lossless process - the video transferred from your camcorder is an identical copy of the original. This is possible due to Firewire permitting fast data transfer rates - faster than the rates USB allows. If you capture via S-video (or indeed USB), you'll necesarily see a reduction in the quality of your captured video, so always opt for the DV option if available

    A firewire connection also enables remote control of camcorder functions via the PC.

    Video won't play in my DVD player!

    First off, you'll need to create either a VCD (or variant) or DVD to play in in a standalone DVD player - guides at Secondly, not all players are happy with VCDs and then there's compatability problems with the discs themselves. The nice guys at are there to answer your problems with a compatability list:

    What capture card should I buy?

    Remember that all Firewire cards are created equal. A bog standard firewire card is less than $25/£25 and combined with video capture software, will enable DV capture from your camcorder. You can get a freeware DV capture app from If the link is dead, do a search for DVIO in google. If you're not going to edit your footage, this is a very cheap option! If you do want to edit your video, you can pick up a cheap video editing suite such as Ulead Video Studio, Pinnacle Studio or Pure Motion edit studio. Reviews and guides to these can be found at

    Some manufacturers bundle a standard firewire card with video editing software and call it a video editing card. These usually retail for less than $100/£100. Because the cards don't offer any hardware acceleration, you'll want to make sure you get the best bundled software. Find the video editing app you want, then buy a card that comes with it!

    You may also get analogue video connections to enable video transfer from VCRs etc. But if you're going down the DV route, make sure you get a firewire card bundled . Some "video editing cards" at this price range offer a USB connection.

    The next "range" of cards are around the $500-700 mark and offer a sophisticated video editing suite such as Adobe Premiere, with a dedicated video editing card (harware accelerated transitions etc)[/b]

    My captured video is enormous. Is this normal?

    Yes. DV has a data rate of 3.5MB/sec, so mulitply this by the number of seconds in your video and you have the video size in MB. Big, isn't it?

    What should I use to make my video size smaller? or My quality is awful, what should I do - I though digital was supposed to be better!

    You need to compress your video. This will inevitably reduce the quality of your video depending on the amount of compression used. And no, if you compress you video, you will never be able to get back to the original quality (unlike a zip file, some of the data is actually discarded).

    Have a look here for a start:

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    How do you convert DVD to Flash and upload to your website

    Here is away to convert DVD to Flash video and upload to your website.
    You can search "flash video mx pro" on google for more info.
    The software here I'm using is called DVD to Flash Converter.
    Install and launch the converter.
    1. Input DVD.
    2. Select the output folder.
    3. Edit the video.
    4. Choose the right output format. You can choose a swf file as the flash player.
    5. Convert.
    6. upload it to your website.
    Hope it helps

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    Default Newbee- how do i start a new thread of my own

    Sorry, but this is the most basic question. I am new to forums, and do not even know how to post a question. This is the only window i found that i could write in, so sorry, it is not really a reply. I do not even know where to find your answer, but could you email me at, and please navigate me on the page so i know how to post. I have a problem syncing video to audio when i use AVS video converter to convert an avi file (which it plays perfectly in burns and players) to dvd (even the preview in AVS VC shows the sound being off). Always off, some more than other converted avi files. This is more info than you need, but at least someone can tell me even what forum i should be in, or if this specific question has been answered somewhere.

    Thank you,

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    Ramana444 - please post your question here - General Software Problems - Video Editing Forums: Digital Director

    Forums rely on the sharing of support and advice so it isnt usual for anwers to be sent by e mail.

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    Thanks for this.

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    Very helpful. Thank you for reposting for those of us that are first timers.

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    Thanks for these kind tips.

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