I apologise if this is posted in the wrong section but my problem is not really specific to any one subject.
Right, Ive got an analogue sony camcorder and have transfered probably 15 hours worth of footage on to e180's. Recently, I purchased a Philips recordable DVD recorder (dvdr70) and set about transfering the best bits on to DVD. It's a very straightforward process, although the quality of the vhs tapes has deterioated so much that transfering it results even worse quality on the DVD.
Computer wise, I have a Advent 7037 laptop which will has an iLink connection, I also have a home built Barton 2500+ on a Asus A7N8X deluxe mobo, with a Radeon 128mb Gcard and 80gb sata barracuda HD. Although I realise that it would be sensible to use my main computer to edit home video, it really would be more practical for me to do the work on my laptop, which is a pretty powerful laptop but only has 40gb hd, which I do intend addressing.
So, thanks to this site , the other night I ripped some original home video footage from a DVDRW used in my Philips machine, then using Moviemaker had a play around with the resulting mpeg files and was really impressed, even if quality was dissapointingly poor.
From my short experience, I now realise that I really have a keen interest in this and would really appreciate any help with the following questions:
(1) I am considering getting a dv camcorder, but for my old footage and any future footage on digital, would it make sense to edit and record my footage on my Philips recordable DVD, then rip the condensed files on to my laptop for movie making ?
(2) What software from this website would be best to use to handle the ripping and conversion should the above be a good option. ?
(3) Having produced a 3 min film using my ripped footage and moviemaker, how do burn it ( have dvdrw & cdrw on laptop ) to a disc that would play on stand alone DVD players ?
(4) My 3 min film has black borders top and bottom, is there a way to make it full screen ?
As you can see i'm a novice but i'm eager to get as much footage on to permanant storage as i possbly can. I'm sure once i go dv the whole process will be more straightforward, but i really would appreciate any help/advice that stops me going round in circles here.