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Old 09 June 2006, 05:10   #11
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Is the quality of the video less good when done by USB than Firewire?
The short answer is yes, to the best of my knowledge. I guess that it's anticipating USB1.1 standard.

The other problem is that not all video applications support download by USB. The Sony software does, but it's poo! I can't remember if Windows Movie Maker supports both USB and iLink/Firewire, but I'm fairly sure that Adobe Premiere doesn't.

I would definitely get a firewire card, I don't think they are very expensive from Misco or Ebuyer.
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I have a firewire card for the back of your PC if anyone wants it. Cost of postage and packaging and enough for a few drinks would cover it i reckon! I bought it not realising I already had the ports. Doh! If you want more info on it PM me and ill dig it out the cupboard.

I have tried copying video from the camcorder using USB, before i got computer with firewire, and it was crap. Really grainy and absolutely no quality. Firewire is far superior!
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I went through exactly this process last year! I bought a Sony DCR-DVD202E which I didn't get on with at all. Fortunately I had gone in to Dixons at Heathrow, told them what I wanted it to do, and asked for their recommendation, so getting a replacement was straightforward. I now have a Sony DCR-HC90E

Anyway, for digital editing there's only one recording media type - mini DV. It's a very small tape, about 70mm x 50mm x 15mm typically recording 60-90 minutes of video in a digital format. And there's only one method of transfer to PC - Firewire. Confusingly, Firewire is also known as iLink or DV in/out (some camcorders are out only) or IEEE1392. No DVD camcorders that I've seen have this interface.

Avoid hard disk camcorders (unless they've improved hugely!) and avoid using USB for video transfer.

I tried a couple of shareware applications for converting DVD video to .wmv but they were appalling!
i purchased a replacement jvc hard disk cam corder a couple of weeks ago, best thing i have purchased in a while, very very simple and quick to transfer vid to pc in next to no time, no more dicking around with those 1 hr digital tapes.
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i purchased a replacement jvc hard disk cam corder a couple of weeks ago, best thing i have purchased in a while, very very simple and quick to transfer vid to pc in next to no time, no more dicking around with those 1 hr digital tapes.
Thats the way the industry is moving - broadcast HD cameras are now recording to solid state media. It makes editing much quicker, saves waiting for hours of tape to be transfered to computer.

The problem with harddisk and solid state recording is one of archiving. DV tapes will last for ages. Unless you've got a tape backup device for your computer, all solid state/HDD footage is likely to end up on DVD/CD, which is much less reliable than tape.

The broadcast industry is having the same problem - a DigiBeta tape is much easier to store than GB's worth of data stuck on some computer somewhere.
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I don't agree. The hard disk will soon rule the world.

As long as you have two hard disks copying each other then you are never going to lose data.

In my house all music is now on hard drive and most films are on harddrive in a standard recording stae. At the moment I'm trying to work out how to record HD.

For me Cd's and DVDs are nearly dead.

IPOD has replaced any sort of music. And soon I hope to have all films or telly stored on a couple of hard drives in the middle of the house that anyone can access.

Anyone want to buy some CD/DVD storage boxes ?

A little tip when buying HD drives. Never buy the latest and greatest. and try (I haven't done this yet) to buy your matching hard drives from different companies.

Next thing is to get a car that can access HD music.
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I don't agree. The hard disk will soon rule the world.
That is until solid state catches up. And that is a very long way away for the the consumer.
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I don't agree. The hard disk will soon rule the world.

As long as you have two hard disks copying each other then you are never going to lose data.

In my house all music is now on hard drive and most films are on harddrive in a standard recording stae. At the moment I'm trying to work out how to record HD.

For me Cd's and DVDs are nearly dead.

IPOD has replaced any sort of music. And soon I hope to have all films or telly stored on a couple of hard drives in the middle of the house that anyone can access.

Anyone want to buy some CD/DVD storage boxes ?

A little tip when buying HD drives. Never buy the latest and greatest. and try (I haven't done this yet) to buy your matching hard drives from different companies.

Next thing is to get a car that can access HD music.
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i purchased a replacement jvc hard disk cam corder a couple of weeks ago, best thing i have purchased in a while, very very simple and quick to transfer vid to pc in next to no time, no more dicking around with those 1 hr digital tapes.
Presumably, when you say transfer, do you include editing - with XP or Vista?
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