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Poor Video Quality

I recently bought a Sony TRV33 camcorder and I am having problems with the video quality when I capture the video on to my PC. When I burn the captured video onto DVD and watch it on TV, the picture is very ?pixeled? and the quality is poor. I know the problem is not with the camera itself because I tried using another TRV33 and got the same results. I have followed the instructions that came with the camera to the letter and I use a Firewire connection to connect the camera to the PC.

I have tried using different capturing software, including the Image Transfer software supplied with the camera, Ulead VideoStudio 6, and NeroVision. I was able to get better results with the Ulead and Nero software (using the DVD format selection), but the quality is still not as good as if I were to take a Hi8 video and tape it on to VHS.

Am I doing something wrong or is there really a difference in the software that I use? Is there a certain setting that will allow the picture to be clearer?

Any help would be appreciated.

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What are the capture specifications.

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I'm thinking frame size and frames per second. How does the captured video look before its rendered? If it looks good in the capture software, then the rendering and/or burning is going awry.

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Re: What are the capture specifications.

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When I view the captured video on the PC, there is still some pixelization when I maximize the screen. The least amount of pixelization occurs when I use the DV-AVI format, but there is still a noticable difference between the video and "regular" video.

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Re: What are the capture specifications...really!

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My capture software defaults to capture specs of 720x480x32 at 29.97 frames per second. It previews video at 360x240x32 at 29.97 fps. What resolution is your capture operating at? How about the camera?

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720x480x32...

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The problem I'm hearing today is that many expected such images (720x480x32) to not look pixelated on there PC. Ooops.

As to the DVD, you need to take great care with the compression and may find consumer offerings to not be that great.

When you want to move out of consumer grade software, go to a trade show where you can see Avid and other products.

Bob

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Re: What are the capture specifications...really!

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Capture specs are as follows:

NTSC drop frame (29.97 fps)
Field order A
MPEG files
24 Bits, 720 x 480, 29.97 fps
(DVD-NTSC)
Video data rate: Variable (Max. 6000 kbps)
Audio data rate: 224 kbps
Layer 2, 48 kHz, Joint stereo

Not sure about the camera - it's whatever the factory settings are.

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How big is the output file from a one hour capture, and

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what is the output file format?

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Re: How big is the output file from a one hour capture, and

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A 45 minute video ended up being about a 400 MB file in an MPEG format.

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That's what your problem is. There is far too much

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compression in either the capture or rendering. An mpeg 2 (DVD quality) file would be over 2 gigabytes for one hour of video.

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