First timer here. Intermediate in A/V tech knowledge.
Basically, I have done 2 clip transfers from a 1998 vintage Sony Hi-8 Camcorder (paid $1,000, has a 1 1/4" sensor) through a Digital/Analog conversion process with my PC. I have a PC with a 1.8Ghz Pentium and 512SDDRAM - enough processing power. Also upgraded the video card to an ATI All-in-Wonder 9800Pro.
I did a lot of searching on the net for advice on proper settings. The big question is on "Capture Settings". The Nero 7 Ultra software gives me the options of 720x480 (CCIR - 601), 720x352 (D1), 352x480 (Half D1), and 352x240 (1/4 D1).
A few internet posts recommend Half D1, or 352x480, which is similar to MPEG2.
The Output was set at 640x480. There were no settings at the Hi8 440 lines level. Dropped from 480 to 352, then 240.
After a few test transfers, the results are a notch worse (not as sharp or crisp) than the original as ween by connecting the Hi-8 camera directly to the TV. Very disappointing.
I think my settings are correct, so what else do I need to investigate?
The ATI card has two (2) 12 bit DAC processors, which I think is very good. A typical set top DVD recorder has 108Hz with 10 (LG) or 12bit (Sony, Panasonic) processors.s follows. The 12 bit ones are fairly new in the set top, and supposedly a big increase over 10 bit.
PLEASE HELP. I don't want to start the mass-production conversion of my 30 Hi-8 tapes to DVD unless I have the optimal quality settings and componeents.