OK, I know my way a bit around PCs and windows, but Digital Video is all very new to me... (Sorry if this is a bit of a basic question)
I have a Sony TRV33 MiniDV camcorder and a Samsung V25 P4 2.6GHz, 512Mb, 40Gb laptop with DVD recorder. I have installed all the software provided by Sony and Samsung (no problems), and have started trying to get the images from my camcorder to the laptop - so I can eventually burn them to DVD and view them on my TV...
There is a firewire connection on both the camcorder and laptop, but I have first tried the USB connection as that's what was supplied with the camcorder and I haven't yet purchased the I-link cable...
No problems at all in the PC recognising the camcorder, and I can control the camcorder from the PC using Sony's software, but using this (or samsung's software - Ulead Video Studio7), the frame size I get on my 15" tft is only about 2", and really grainy :( Magnified to full screen it is awful! I haven't yet tried to burn anything to DVD.
My first question is: Is the small frame size and low quality because I have used the USB cable, and will it be much better (ie full screen and hi res) if I buy a Firewire cable?
Secondly, will it look better once it is burned to DVD? and played on a TV, or will the frame still be tiny and the quality poor?
I'm sure I will be back with more questions as I get into this!!!
Thanks for your help and advice in advance