[QUOTE=swolfer;2249849]In Pinnacle Studio I don’t see where I can capture “uncompressed.” It gives me an option to capture either AVI or MPEG 1/2. Under compression it says “DV.” 720 x 480. Those are only settings. I have been using options “AVI” and “DV compression.” There is no option for “no compression.” Is that what I’m supposed to be using? These settings are “best” quality per Studio default.
Also I haven’t been using Pinnacle Studio to edit because ConvertxtoDVD won’t let me bring in a Studio project (.stx file), whereas with Movie Maker I can import the AVI file, edit it and then convert it to a file format (.wmv) that ConvertxtoDVD will accept and burn. Am I doing this wrong or is there another way? I’m kind of confused about this whole encoding process and exactly where it happens (i.e. during capture or in ConvertxtoDVD). Sorry for sounding stupid.
As for the ADS fireware card, do I need 400 or 800? Specific model? (there are a lot out there) Cheapest place to get it? I want to get this ordered. Thanks again for all your help guys![/QUOTE]
A majority of us capture as dv-avi. It is the most recommended capture setting, if you intend on doing any editing. You should not have any problems capturing, editing, and authoring, all within pinnacle studio. When you get to the authoring or encoding mode there should be a setting to either select BEST quality, or to enter a bitrate. If you have the option for bitrate, you want to select between 8000 and 9000 as your bitrate…
a 400 firewire card is plenty, but if you can get an 800 for around the same price, by all means get the 800. There are a lot of us out here who still use firewire 400.