Elgato Video Capture question.

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by charlyee, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. charlyee macrumors 6502

    charlyee

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    Hello all,

    If I use this product to transfer videos from my Sony DCR PC1 to my Macbook Air, will I lose much in resolution?

    I realize in theory it is going from digital to analog and then to back to digital again, but what visual impact will it have?

    Lacking ant FW port on the MBA, I believe the composite video output on my Sony is the only other option.

    Please help.

    Thanks much. :)
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    If you have the PAL version of that DV camcorder, you will lose resolution, from 720 x 576 (DV PAL) to 640 x 480/360.
    It's the same wit DV NTSC, you go from 720 x 480 to 640 x 480/360.

    You also lose the ability to create sub clips from the DV footage.

    Don't you have access to a Mac or Windows PC with Firewire?
     
  3. charlyee thread starter macrumors 6502

    charlyee

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    Thanks for your reply, I have DV NTSC.

    I am sorry i don't quite understand what exactly is "creating sub clips", I am very new at this :eek:.

    What I want to do is bring it into iMovie and then create a project with the usable clips, enhance the video, muffle the background noise and maybe add a soundtrack. Will this be possible?

    I don't have access to another device with firewire port, the alternative is to pay $25 for each one hour tape and that can get quite expensive.

    Please help,

    Thank you.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    DV tapes store the START/STOP (Recording) times, thus editing applications can create clips automatically:
    Anyway, you can go the route you want with that Elgato device, it will be just less resolution and quality loss involved.
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Yes, quite easily.
     
  6. charlyee thread starter macrumors 6502

    charlyee

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    Thank you both very much, will do some more research and then decide. :)
     

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