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What is the best software to capture video from a mini DV

by schwabbey / April 7, 2006 2:14 PM PDT

I was wondering what is the best software to capture video from a canon NTSC ZR40 mini DV camcorder and putting on my Antec computer

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(NT) (NT) Best? How much do you want to spend?
by Kiddpeat / April 7, 2006 2:39 PM PDT
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My list.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 1:23 AM PDT

Price not an option since "best" is the goal. Assuming FIREWIRE connection.

1. Final Cut Pro HD.
2. Adobe Premeire.
3. Sony Vegas.
4. WinDV.


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berween free and 30-40 dollars
by schwabbey / April 8, 2006 4:50 AM PDT

By the Best i mean quality And the price free and under 30-40 dollars. i have a fire wire connection

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(NT) (NT) Did you try WINDV?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 5:05 AM PDT
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Best and free is an oxymoron. That will not change.
by Kiddpeat / April 8, 2006 10:21 AM PDT

$30-$40 might as well be free.

You mean what is the best free software. I don't have a clue. I think you get what you pay for.

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I just want home videos
by schwabbey / April 8, 2006 12:19 PM PDT

i just need to get home videos of the camera and i DONT need any editing

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(NT) (NT) Microsoft Movie Maker?
by Kiddpeat / April 8, 2006 1:15 PM PDT
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it's better to buy DVD camcord. if you do not need editing
by Woodeen / April 8, 2006 6:43 PM PDT
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What I don't understand is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 10:01 PM PDT

Since WINDV is free and easy to find, why didn't you give that a go?


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I tried Dv rack
by schwabbey / April 9, 2006 2:26 AM PDT

i tried a free trial version of DVRack but it wouldnt open.
and i have windows movie maker but the qaulity is bad maybe it is just my computer or something

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2006 2:54 AM PDT
In reply to: I tried Dv rack

Free, no trial, no install, something I use all the time.

If it fails, then something is sorely wrong with your PC, cable or other.


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i just tried WinDV
by schwabbey / April 9, 2006 3:14 AM PDT
In reply to: WINDV.

and it didnt work very good so i guess something else is wrong with my PC or cable

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After all this, I didn't read what the PC is.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2006 3:29 AM PDT
In reply to: i just tried WinDV

I've captured with my lowly Pentium 3 600MHz laptop with WinDV so it doesn't take much of a computer. But then again not much was told about the host PC.

Try another PC?


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Capturing Mini-DV
by forkboy1965 / July 5, 2006 12:25 PM PDT

In my opinion, and regardless of whether or not you intend to edit any video, I have found Microsoft Movie Maker to be very simple and easy to use for capturing video off my camera. Heck, it even does a decent job of basic editing, adding titles and/or credits, etc. And it came free with Windows XP so it's a win/win in my book.

Regarding the other gentleman's comments about going DVD recording instead, there are still some issues with compression and such that I find in current reviews of many of those particular camcorders. My friends who have them really like them, but if you're looking for a higher quality picture and longer recording times (as well as a cheaper medium), I still think the Mini-DV format rules.

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need help
by jimmpr10 / July 5, 2006 2:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Capturing Mini-DV

I tried to convert miniDV to DVD format with Nero6. There are problems of lost frames.
I have downloaded Windows Movie Maker 2.0, but there no option of making DVD. How can I do it?
Is WinDV better? Haven't tried yet.

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