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  Tips T0003 (Sep-16-2002)

Capturing in DV or in MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 - Which is better?

When a beginner starts this hobby, what he normally wants is
(1) to convert his videotapes to VCD and
(2) to do a little bit of simple video editing, such as cut and paste.

Converting directly with a MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 capture card will serve both purposes, i.e. you can directly convert any video source to VCD, SVCD, or DVD directly. If the video is 1 hour long then it takes 1 hour to capture and about 8 minutes to burn.

DV on the other hand require you to capture as a DV.avi format which then need to be transcoded to MPEG-1/2 for you to burn to VCD, SVCD, or DVD. This is an additional step and normally takes an additional 7 hours (depending the system).


Tips T0002 ( Aug-6-2002)

Can I record mini CD-R media on my regular CD burner?

  To use mini CD-R media with your CD-R or CD-RW drive, your firmware and recording software must be compatible with the smaller size media. Check with your drive's manufacturer and your burning software provider to confirm that your equipment is ready to get mini.

  Tips T0001 (Aug-06-2002)

For less problem with video capture and video editing, maintain your computer in good condition.

Delete unnecessary files from your Windows/Temp and Internet Temp folders as well as your recycle bin and also defrag your hard disk constantly

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