I have a bunch of old home movies in Hi8 and, more recently, in Digital8 (Sony) format that I would like to transfer from tape to a more permanent format. I have transferred some movies to my computer hard drive (avi), edited them with various programs (Roxio, Adobe Premiere Elements, NEODVD) and then burned them to DVD with mixed results. I have a reasonably fast computer (P4 CPU 2.66GHz, 768 meg RAM) but the editing is slow going. Converting them and burning them to disk takes several hours. Sometimes after hours of work, I end up with a coaster. I think my computer or the software is not up to the task.
I've also tried a standalone Lite-on DVR to record the videos, but after finalizing the disk, some were not readable in my computer DVD drive.
At this point, I just want to preserve the videos (especially the old Hi8) in a digital format in the easiest way possible so that I can edit it sometime in the future when the software/hardware improves. What is the best way to to transfer the movies to disk? Should I use +R, -R or DVD RAM? Should I record direct to disk? Which level of quality would preserve the quality of the videos? I have lots of footage and I'm getting frustrated, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.