I'm fairly new to the DV world and recently purchased a sony pc105e miniDV camcorder.
Having taken my first movie shots on a weekend, I played back the footage via my TV directly from the camcorder. I was amazed at how clear and bright everything was. It was exactly what I had expected.
So, I wanted to edit the movie on my PC - you know, add titles, sound, cut out some stuff, move things around etc.. etc..
I did some research on the web for what software to use - I came up with Cyberlink's PowerDirector v3.0.
So I connected my camcorder to my pc (Pentium 4, 2.66 Ghz, 256mb RAM, GEForce 4 card) using a belkin firewire cable. Clicked the "record" button and waited till the whole "movie" had recorded onto my pc. At this point, I stuck to the default capture settings - MPEG 1, Medium Quality.
Having captured the movie, I started doing my editing and then playing back bits on my PC screen to see what they looked like. I was quite shocked to see the video was all choppy and blurred and well, basically NOTHING like how I had seen it on my TV (clear and beautiful). And this was on a 15" monitor, full screen it looked blocky/choppy and basically ugly. I decided to still burn what I had done onto a VCD to watch on my TV. It came out really bad. (OK, so it was a VCD and not SVCD or DVD).
Then I thought about changing the PowerDirector default capture settings. I changed it to HIGH quality, and then re-captured my movie. It was marginally better, but still nowhere near the quality stored on the DV tape.
Incidentally, I had about 55 minutes of "movie" on my DV tape, and when captured, it amounted to only 1GB.
What I had read about on the web was that a 60 minute tape would probably take up about 30GB of disk space. SO that confused me even more.
Does anyone have any advice? Am I doing anything wrong? I recorded the movie on LP instead of SP - but I assume that this wouldn't make THAT MUCH difference.
Is it the software that I am using to capture (PowerDirector v3.0)? I may have to try something else like Pinnacle Studio 8 or something. But then again, the software is mainly for editing purposes right? Capturing the DV onto PC should pretty much be the same when using any software right?
Please please could someone help and give me some advice.