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    Hi,

    I own a Sony miniDv camcorder, and I recently decided to start to put my home movies onto my computer so that I can edit and burn them onto DVD using Windows Movie Maker.

    Now my computer does not have firewire, so that only way that I can connect my camcorder is via USB cable.

    My problem is the captured footage is really poor quality when displayed on the pc and when burnt to DVD. In fact the quality was much higher when I used to connect my camcorder to my VCR and copy to VHS.

    I have tried all the different capture settings on Window Movie Maker with no better results, the quality is still poor.

    What I need to know is this.......

    Is the poor quality caused by using a USB cable, or is something else causing the problem?

    Would I get any better results buying a new computer with Firewire?

    Is the software (Windows Movie Maker) part of the problem and if so could a different film editing program help?

    Thanking you all in advance for you kind advice,


    Joe

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    Yes - you need to use f wire to transfer the clips. USB is on many cameras but it is not meant for video transfer.

    If yiu are using a d top you can add a f wire card for about a tenner.

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    What is a d top?

    Funny thing is though when I'm capturing the video from the camcorder the quality looks ok, it is when I play it back that the quality is poor.

    My pc is over 5 years old now and I'm not sure if I could add a firewire card. Besides it only has a 80gb hard drive so it might be a better idea to get a pc with firewire and a bigger hard drive.

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    D top - desk top.

    If you are going to do lots of video editing a new pc may be less frustrating.

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    You could be right, a new PC could be the answer.

    One thing is still puzzling me though, why the quality looks ok on the PC during the capture process, however when it is on the the hard drive and I try and play it back the quality of the picture is much worse?

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    All bets are off if you are using USB, it is extremely likely this is the problem.

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    Thanks very much for your advice - I will now check out your film if thats ok!

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    Please do.

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    Love Sylvia Razzle.

    Do you have her phone number?!!

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