ive got a pretty good pc, pentium 4 loads of memory etc so am confident my pc can handle this. ive connected digi camcorder to pc using firewire lead. as soon as i did this windows movie maker prompted me to capture so i did. i captured about an hour of digi footage. i noticed it was saved as a win media file tho, which wouldnt play on a normal dvd player. so i went into Easy cd/dvd creator, and made a dvd from there. no editing, just plain dvd.
it took over an hour to encode, but then burnt to dvd and all was well. played on my player. it was a little 'blocky' or 'jumpy'. not free flowing video like youd watch on the tv, but i put that down to not capturing in dvd quality, only as 'best quality for editing on pc'.
did it take so long to encode because it was a windows file and had to convert to avi or something? is there any free software which will capture straight to the file type that will burn staright to dvd? will easy cd/dvd software do this?
i experimented again just now with windows movie maker, this time capturing as dvd quality. i read somewhere that you could fit about an hour of dvd quality on a dvd. my footage is about an hour so no probs i thought. hopefully it will be smoother on playback this time. however, it seems to have saved a file that is about 12 Gb!!!! isnt a dvd about 4.7Gb?
how can this be if im supposed to get an hours worth on it?
all i want to do is take stuff straight off my digi (dv) camcorder and put it on dvd. just family stuff, no fancy editing or voice overs. just something that the kids can stick on the dvd player anytime and have a laugh.
can anyone advise me better than my guesswork please?