I used to use Windows Movie Maker, but ran out of options on that pretty quickly since it is basic. Now, I use Pinnacle Studio 10, which is far far better than Studio 9. I've bought a couple of extra packs for it, including the 5.1 surround addon, which is great for DVD's and the like.
What I tend to do is rip the 4 or 5 tapes in one afternoon and then spend a few hrs getting the best bits from them. This was a little slow to start off with, but I'm running 4hdd's in a raid5 array now, plus another 4 drives, 2 in raid0 and 2 in raid1 which has significantly reduced the encoding time, and also improved the general performance while editing.
The actual video clips are stored on the r5 array, with temporary files being on the r0 array - the final iso file, plus wmv's etc... end up on the r1 array.
Despite having 1.8Tb available, I am at 80% capacity now due to this home video malarky since I bought the bullet cam earlier this year
Next year, I'll replace the 300gig drives with 500's or more if they're available then... - I've had to call MS twice already this year cos my product activation thing kept getting mucked up!! Computers are a bottomless pit, same as the boat, I upgraded the hdd's earlier this year to 4, then to 8 at which point the PSU went up in a bit of smoke. Replaced that, and the pc wouldn't come on - turned out the old psu had taken mboard with it
Anyhow, tapes - was talking with Ben about this the other evening. Although I don't put the DV cam in any particular packaging, it lives in my dry bag right by the transom, and it's usually packed amongst a couple of spare fleece jackets, jumpers, waterproofs etc... which I guess all help. I had planned to run the cable to the front console, but after hearing about the DV tape jumping, that's now been scrubbed, and I'll continue as is.
Yarmouth vid was good - that a-frame moves a lot less than mine
Originally Posted by Gray
Alex - What editing software are you using? Your definately right about trying to coincide the quiet bits of music with the lull moments in the video but its often hard to do!
Your videos are really good, when you've got the camcorder recording how do you stop the slamming of the boat effect the tape. I quickly put this together from the video off Bens bullet cam on the Yarmouth Cruise. Didn't take much time over the music choice! It was nearly the Birdy song but it wasn't long enough!