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Why is it that when I watch a video from my digital camcorder in the tv its quality is better than in the cam itself and when I watch it in my pc (through the USB 2.0) its quality is poor and its resolution is small?

Can I do something about it?


(My camcorder is Sony DCR-TRV14E PAL)

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The LCD on the camcorder is some number of pixels and doesn't have a high contrast capability. It's scaled pricewise to provide a view, nothing more.

As to the PC, you may find a better view if you put the video on DVD and play it back there. Playback via a video editor may not optimize the preview so to provide editing speed. The editor software has to be able to run on low speed PCs so the rendering will be basic.

Bob

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So there's no way I can get a good quality movie from my camcorder?

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Thst is a different question. I get TV quality video from my DVCAM because that's the quality it records at. It looks pretty much like the TV once I save it to DVD or an AVI (which my video editor exports.)

In the software that captures the video from the DVCAM, it's not a great display. The reason (again) is simple. Since the video editor must run on dog slow machines, you can't antialise or fix up the video image in the editor. You go for pure speed and leave the fixup to the final output.

Hope this helps.

Bob

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Thanks but the AVI and the MPEG exports are in the same quality...

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That's odd. But let me share I use the software supplied with my JVC (and other...) to do the capture and then off to DVD with Ulead. The file on the DVD is MPEG2 and looks fine on TV or PC.

Remember to run it at 1 to 1 pixels or else the video player's ability to antialise may show.

Also, another counterintuitive video setting is that you must set the PC video to millions of colors. 16 or less bit video settings may cause the video to look odd.

Bob

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What do you mean by "and then off to DVD"?

"set the PC video to millions of colors" - I don't have that kind of options in the software (Sony ImageMixer)

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Ok, I've managed to get an output video with much better quality using the Capture Mode in VirtualDub.

If you know a better video software that supports capturing from USB plz let me know.

Thanks

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Sorry, I stopped evaluating when I found solutions.

I noted Virtual Dub since it's very basic and won't muck with the video unless you tell it to.

Some won't like it since it's not very glitzy.

Bob

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