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post #1 of 5 Old 05-13-2006, 11:01 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi all-

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.

Thanks,

Ron
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What kind cable is going from the camcorder to the computer? S-video should be the best. Anything else will give you a little worse picture (coax, rca). As for resolution, the only solution is try each one and judge for yourself which is best. Every setup give different results.
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I would use CCIR-601 - no reason not to. It will preserve the best quality.
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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.
These DACs have nothing to do with capturing video.
What do you mean by 108 Hz 10 or 12 bit?
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Greetings:
We have 400 Hi-8 duplicating VCRs here where we churn out cassettes for in-flight entertainment. We play back from Sony Digital BetaCam recordings for most feature films at 720x480i. I concur with the previous posting that you should use the 720x480 (CCIR-601) setting as well as an S-Video cable between the camcorder and the capture card as your Hi-8 recording is analog and absent a DV connector S-Video is the best you are going to get.
BTW: If you have access to a Sony Digital-8 camcorder, you can use it to play back your Hi-8 recordings and use its DV cable to a similar FireWire (aka IEEE1394) input on your PC. TTFN
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