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    Hi There

    New to this forum. My question is about capturing video from VCR. Got 12 year old precious footage that i wanted on my computer for editing and then placing on dvd. Got myself Dazzle to convert it into my PC, works fine.

    Problem is there's a huge reduction in quality when i stick in the burnt dvd into my standalone dvd player. Even when i set the dvd to burn at highest possible quality, I get this blurry/pixilated/choppy version of the clear footage i put into the computer. I'm using Nero to burn.

    The PC is brand new, a Dell Dimension 5000 with over 1 gig of ram and 80 gigs of hard drive and a cpu pentium 4. I don't have a firewire outlet so my only option with old tapes or my new mini dv cam is to hook up the dazzle cable. Is that the issue?

    If installing a firewire port resolves this, does anyone know what those things cost you to buy? Any ideas as to how to stop this problem would be really appreciated!

    Many thanks,


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    firewire PCI cards are pretty cheap, about 15-20 max, if you're using USB this will most likely be the cause of your problem, It's definitely worth getting a firewire card.
    Panasonic SD9, Panasonic NVGS-75, Canon MV600i

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    Join Date
    Apr 2005


    ... but then you have to give up the USB device (Dazzle), because it has no Firewire connection, and get an ADC (like Canopus), which will add at least another $100 to your grand total.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2003


    or use the passthrough on the camera.
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