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    Default Home Video Transfer to DVD

    I am trying to transfer video from camcorders to a computer to burn it to a DVD without any loss of picture quality. The original home video is on an old VHS tape. When it is played on a TV the quality is good. Since the original VHS tapes are old I transferred them to a digital camcorder tape. When the digital tape is played to the TV the quality remains good. However, when I transfer the digital tape contents to the computer and then burn it to a DVD or CD and then play it to the same TV the picture quality is terrible. I have tried different software programs such as ShowBiz to capture the video content and burn it and despite maximizing the resolution with the program the picture quality when played on the TV is truly poor. Any Ideas? Has anyone run into this? Is there another capture and burning program that someone has had good luck with? Any help would be appreciated.

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    Jan 2004
    East Kilbride, Scotland


    In broad terms,

    1. Capture your VHS footage in lossless AVI

    2. Edit, add title music etc if necessary.

    3. Encode to DVD COmplaint MPEG at teh highest possible rate. FOR example 8000Kbps will give about an hour of footage on a single layer DVD.

    4. Author your DVD and burn.

    Chek your software for correct settings.

    COMPAQ something or other with 500Gb Boot Disk, 1Tb external Firewire Disk, 4Gb Memory and a super duper sound card, 19" TFT Monitor etc etc etc
    Sony TRV33e : Sony TRV310e : Canon XM2
    Sony Vegas Studio editions to v11

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