The audio stream is pretty small compared to the video stream. It's unlikely that your computer could cleanly capture the video, but drop bits of audio. Does your capture software report any missed data? Of course, if you are running anything else during a capture, including screen savers, you could have a problem.
More likely is that the computer plays things back a bit more slowly because its processing all the data to build the audio. That makes the gap more audible. So, the drop outs may be on the tape, but not very noticeable when the tape is output to a TV.
The DV CC is a Canon Optura 600. Computer: HP a730n, 200 Gb HD, 3 GHz, XP, 1 Gb RAM.
Software for capture: Ulead Movie Factory 3. I'm using a firewire.
Burning a DVD is not an issue.
When I captured a video (full tape), the audio has small, intermittent "dropouts." This is my way of describing missing bits of sound from the tape.
When I play the tape (it was produced on another DV camcorder...don't know the brand) and pipe it through a t.v., the audio sound fine (when I play it through the Optura).
I am capturing the avi to an external hard drive.
Could the external HD be the source of the dropouts? That is, if the drive can't write fast enough?
The video looks okay. I have no problem burning the project to a DVD.
What might be the issue with the dropouts?