I've just bought an Adaptec Videoh! CD, a very cheap USB capture device to get some hi8 home movies onto disk, add music and titles and stuff. It comes with something called showbiz to edit the video. The adaptec manual and website don't answer many questions, so...
1.What's the best way to capture my hi8 footage? I just turn on my camera and click on capture which gives me one huge file. I was intending to cut this into little clips but I can't work out how to do this. I shouldn't I be manually stopping and starting the camcorder creating short clips as I go, should I?
2. The files are AVI format. This is huge! Is there a freeware utility or something in Showbiz (if anyone knows it) to convert to Mpeg.
3. I'm in the UK. I don't know what settings to use for capture. It should be PAL right, but there's different PAL options? PAL(M) etc. The manual tell me not to meddle with the other default settings but the frame rate stays at 29.97 or something. Shouldn't I change this to 25 if I'm capturing in PAL format.
Many thanks if you can answer any of these. I'm a total novice to this but I do a lot of work, sometimes paid work, using audio apps like Cubase and Wavelab, so I thought it would be, well, similar and it aint! It does mean I have a well specced machine though. P4 2.6Ghz, 512M RAM, 128 M Video Card, 120G Seagate Barracuda HD.