Hi. Although I have been using a camcorder for a while, I'm new to the world of editing and use. I recently decided to transfer the many hours of footage of the children growing up from dv cassette to disc, via Windows movie maker, as I don't have any other software at the moment. All of the footage was taken on a Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1, which I've had for several years.
I accepted the default options for transfer in Movie Maker and the first cassette transfered fine. As my old PC doesn't have a writable DVD drive, I used Nero to burn a short sample to CD, to try to play on the TV from our DVD player. It seemed quite dark so I hooked up the camcorder and played the same section at approximately the same time on the TV, switching between channels. There is clearly a loss of quality in the transferred footage.
The question is - where did this happen? I used firewire so I don't think it's a usb transfer rate problem. Could it be in the option I used in Movie Maker? As I said, I used the defaults (AVI, I think). Or is it because I used a CD?
I'd be grateful for any help or advice anyone can offer.