To convert the miniDV signal on FireWire into DVI or component or VGA (which are all pixel-to-pixel signal formats), you will have to decompress the image information first, which involves serious image processing -- say, no less than the processing needed to play back DVD. Probably the most inexpensive solution will be an HTPC with a FireWire port plus some software that handles miniDV format.
Thanks for the info. It looks like my best option is indeed an HTPC. I do have a capture card with a Firewire input. Where can I find a video card with a digital DVI-I (or D) output? (Readon 9700 only has an analog DVI output.)
Another option for me may be to transfer the video to a DVD and use the component out of my DVD player. This way I can use the good deinterlacer of the player.
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