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    Default Which editing software do I need for a DVD Camcorder ??? !!!

    Hi

    Apologies if this is a rather simplistic question, but the girl in Dixons at Heathrow was a little vague. I have just bought a Sony DCR-DVD92E and am trying to work out what Editing Software works best with this. Every review I read takes me through the various options of capturing video from analogue, Hi8, DV, miniDV sources, but not directly from a DVD recorded in my camcorder! When I place the DVD into my PC's DVD drive it automatically lanuches the DVD player software. I'm looking for a budget/entry level product that will do this. None of the reviews I've read on the Pinnacle Studio range talk about video capture from DVD.

    HELP...!

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    At the risk of sounding like an Adobe salesman....

    If you want entry level (but good) then have a look at Premiere Elements 2 as it does what you're looking for. It's also a fantastic editing package as well.

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    Default Re: Which editing software do I need for a DVD Camcorder ???

    Quote Originally Posted by pokerpav
    ... but the girl in Dixons at Heathrow was a little vague...HELP...!
    There's a surprise!

    Capturing directly from a DVD camcorder to PC is nigh on impossible. Take it back and exchange for a DV tape camera and cite the assistants vagueness and evasiveness manner for convincing you to buy the wrong product.

    Once you have a DV camera, you'll see they have firewire sockets that allow direct high speed connection to your computer. You can then capture the video as you want, with alot less hassle.

    Good Luck!

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    I agree, the foramt is also said to be unreliable and liable to drop outs, just heresay I know but it is commonly said. The quality of the picture is also poorer I supect. DV tape captures at 25ish Mbit/s, but dvd is m,uch more compressed, only 6 Mbit/s and as it uses similar intraframe comjpression it is likely to look worse I should think.

    I can definitely see a signifigant drop in quality between master DV tapes and DVDs made from the same.

    I think you have a very good case for an exchange. Good luck.

    If you decide to keep the camera there is hope. I assume the camera uses a standard .vob file structure, if so the vobs can be saved onto the hrd drive of your PC by opening hte dvd as if it were a dvd rom, from 'my pc' and then with sony vegas 6 you can just drop them on the time line and away you go. (afaik)

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