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miniDV to PC & Video Quality

by cyberblue / April 22, 2004 10:36 PM PDT

I have PV-GS50 and I'm wondering what is the best software to transfer the video from camcorder to PC in the best quality possible? I recorded the video on a new miniDV tape but the quality is still poor (jumping frames, drop-outs, and the video resolution seems extremely low especially when I played it fullscreen), and it takes hours to transfer the whole 1hr video.
Is there any caveat that I must pay attention to to get an optimal video quality?

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Re:miniDV to PC & Video Quality
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2004 8:33 AM PDT

Let me be blunt. Not only is the software an issue, but if your host machine is not past the 1GHz mark, has low amounts of RAM or has some PARASITES (read http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ ) then no software could overcome those issues.

The resolution is all of some NTSC or PAL. What I find most of the time is that people are expecting a pixel count of what's on their PC displays. If they are not aware of what pixel counts are in NTSC or PAL, then they are disappointed...

Tell a bit more and research what pixel counts you should expect.

Bob

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Re:Re:miniDV to PC & Video Quality
by cyberblue / April 28, 2004 4:20 PM PDT

First of all, thanks to Rob for the response. My PC is P4 1.6Ghz w/ 256mb ram, I would say that it's close to the minimum requirement for transfering digital video. I've made sure that there's no parasite. I know I was wrong when the first time I expected DVD quality, even if I view the video in 100% size (not fullscreen; relatively too small compared to the actual monitor resolution I'm using) the picture quality still seems like low-quality JPEG, and the frames are kinda choppy. I'm still hoping that there's a way I could get video quality like that of cable TV standard-broadcast.

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Choppy and Jpeg'y...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 28, 2004 7:22 PM PDT

The quality is definitely low quality JPEG at some less than 525 lines of pixels and how many pixels per line. This in itself is most people's complaint.

http://archive.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SCMS/training/general/details/ntsc.html

The choppiness may be a PC'ism with issues in the PC with video drivers, motherboard drivers and the DMA setting on the hard disk being at issue. Additional software may interfere, but we'd have to make a list of what's running to sniff it out. I can't guess what you have.

In short, NTSC has no pixels. You may help the chop, but put the video onto DVD and see if the chop vanishes. I've seen that happen...

Bob

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Re:miniDV to PC & Video Quality
by ronburr / April 29, 2004 5:55 AM PDT

You did not mention how you were connecting the camera to the PC? Are you connecting using USB or Firewire? If your streaming with USB, then don't expect very good images. If you are using firewire then you can transfer DV to DV, with very good results.

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Re:Re:miniDV to PC & Video Quality
by cyberblue / April 29, 2004 6:09 PM PDT

Thanks for your contributions.
I forgot to mention that I'm using firewire to transfer the DV to PC. Is there any tools I could use to benchmark my system/resource performance? How's the figure supposed to look like to get DVs transfered properly?

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Re:Re:Re:miniDV to PC & Video Quality
by ronburr / April 29, 2004 10:30 PM PDT

The key is how you pull the video off of the camera. You might want to try Microsoft's Movie Maker 2.0, a free product, and pull the video off in RAW mode. RAW mode will give you pretty much the same image quality. The only draw back is that RAW also tends to be large. A 5 minute video can easily consume 500 meg of space and then some. You can then convert the image to mpeg2 which should reduce it to about 187 meg.

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Re:miniDV to PC & Video Quality
by sophiya / May 8, 2004 7:00 AM PDT

In my opinion, you should try Pinnacle Studio Software. Capture must use Firewire or i-Link cable which will guarentee the quality of the picture is maintain while you transferring the images.

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