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convert DV to ?

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I have a decent DV camcorder but when I try to capture the video using an old NeroVision Express I get a few choices for quality. If I choose DVD then I get an AVI with something like 12 minutes per gigabyte. That seems like an awful lot of space. Anything else looks like crap or is 320*200 or something.

I tried Windows Movie Maker and that offers various WMV options but they don't look too good either.

Any other options, either free or not too expensive? Or can I select other settings? Maybe I should just transfer the good movies at the highest quality, after all, a terrabyte drive is $90 or so. But for burning them for friends/family, that's a lot of disk.
post #2 of 5
Keep it in the DV codec, and just buy big hard drives. They are cheap these days. I have over 100 video tapes of home videos captured in DV codec.
post #3 of 5
A 60 minute tape should be about 12 or 13 gig (about 5 minutes per gig) of DV (avi) at full quality (720x480... or the pal equivalent). So there is something wrong with that capture.
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Originally Posted by dgk View Post

I have a decent DV camcorder but when I try to capture the video using an old NeroVision Express I get a few choices for quality.

Any other options, either free or not too expensive? Or can I select other settings? Maybe I should just transfer the good movies at the highest quality, after all, a terrabyte drive is $90 or so.

Use WinDV to transfer your miniDV recordings. As bigbarney mentioned, DV is 13 gigabytes per hour. The resulting AVI file will be the exact same quality as what's on your tape.

If you want to reduce the size of the file, then do so after you've transferred it.

WinDV can be downloaded from: windv.mourek.cz
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Yes, big drives are cheap. Ok, that's what I do. Using WinDV.
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