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).