OK - You've shot that wonderful video of your daughter's birthday. Now, how can you get it into the computer to do some snazzy editing and perhaps produce a VCD or two?
If the video is on that MiniDV or Hi8
tape, how can you possibly move it out of there into the computer? It
seems tough, doesn't it?
Once you learn the basic concepts, capturing video is not a difficult process at all.
The first thing you want to do is to determine if your video is in digital format (MiniDV, Digital8, MicroMV, Digital Tapeless, DVD) or analog format (8mm, Hi8, VHS-C). If it is in digital format, which is increasingly popular these days, you will need to transfer the video to the computer using a Firewire card. If it is in analog format, you will need an analog-to-digital conversion device to do the transfer.
A Firewire card is the channel through which video from your digital camcorder can enter your computer. A Firewire cable runs from your camcorder DV output port to your computer's DV input port.
Due to the extremely fast transfer speeds that Firewire achieves, the digital video will be transferred with almost zero loss in quality. Most computers do not come with Firewire cards - if you are looking for one, I'd highly recommend the Belkin range of FireWire cards.
If you want to find out what factors to consider when purchasing a quality Firewire card, you can check out my article on choosing the best Firewire card.
An analog-to-digital conversion device converts video from analog format to digital format. These type of device is well suited for the following video editing scenarios:
If you are in either of the above scenarios, I highly recommend you get an analog-to-digital conversion device to help with the time consuming work. One product that I've had excellent experience with is the Honestech VHS-DVD.This neat little device has ports to allow analog video input from your analog camcorder or VCR. It then outputs the converted digital video via a USB cable into your computer's USB port.
Well, I hope this article has given you some insight into the process of capturing video into your computer. The main point is to always remember what video format you're dealing with. If it's digital, go with Firewire and if it's analog, use an analog-to-digital video conversion device.
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