transfer of video

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by teach08, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. teach08 macrumors newbie

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    what are the pros and cons of transferring my DV footage directly to the computer vs. capturing it on a DVD first and/or converting that to mpeg4?
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Capturing directly via FW will be faster and yield you a higher quality image. Trans-coding to DVD, then ripping the DVD into MPEG4, then trans-coding the MPEG4 back to an editable format (such as DV) will take much longer and will destroy the image quality of your footage.


    Lethal
     
  3. -DH macrumors 65816

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    For capturing directly to your computer via Firewire:

    PRO:
    An exact digital copy of what was recorded on tape is captured to your hard drive.

    CON:
    none.

    For recording DV to DVD or MPEG-4:
    PRO:
    none.

    CON:
    Heavy compression and quality loss.
    Pointless to do so unless you just like extra work and don't mind the quality hit.

    -DH
     

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