Capturing analogue to digital video

Written by Scott Brown

You may have and old analogue camcorder or perhaps and old video deck and you fancy putting your old home movies onto DVD format.

Well there are a number of ways to do this depending on your budget:

TV and Graphics Cards The cheapest way to convert analogue footage to digital may be to get yourself a Tv Capture/Graphics Card, these allow you to connect your VCR or Analogue Camcorder via an S-Video connection andrepparttar audio via your PCs sound card/TV card. A fast PC is required a reasonably fast processor (Pentium 4 ideally) for higher resolution video (anything above 320*240), for example an ATI All-in-one 9600 on a P4 can capture up to 720x480 up to 30 frames per second.

Beginners guide to PC video editing

Written by Scott Brown

If you're new to PC video editing then knowing where to start can be a bit daunting, so hopefully this guide will point you inrepparttar right direction.

To start with you will need a few items of equipment

Camcorders/Video Decks

Depending on your requirements or aims there are number of different solutions to discuss, so i will split these up into separate sections.

1.If you are starting from new then i recommend buying a new digital camcorder, this will give you superior video and sound quality as well as making getting started in video editing very simple, so ideal forrepparttar 147473 beginner. There are thousands to choose from catering for various types of budgets.

2. You may already have an old video deck or camcorder which usesrepparttar 147474 old analogue outputs such as composite or s-video (be sure to check first what outputs you have). For this kind of setup you would need a capture card/analogue to digital converter, this is discussed in more detail further on inrepparttar 147475 article.

A PC for Video Editing

It is now possible to easily capture footage from your Digital Camcorder directly to your PC and edit it. If you looking at buying a new PC or building a new one thenrepparttar 147476 currents spec's are more then powerful enough ,a typical spec PC these days is a P4, 512Mb Ram, 80Gb HDD, Windows XP or something along those lines. You could always use your existing PC if you have one, but i wouldn't recommend using anything below a PIII 600.

Additional Hardware

When transferring video from your camcorder to your PC there are a number of additional things to consider depending onrepparttar 147477 type of camcorder your using. If you’re using a digital camcorder then all your need is a firewire card (also known as an IEE1394 card), a lot of current PC's have these as standard now, otherwise you will need to purchaserepparttar 147478 card separately. Some of these will come bundled with editing software such as Adobe Premiere but this really depends on which card you buy and how much you spend, once your camcorder is connected to your firewire port windows will automatically recognise your Digital Camcorder. If your usingrepparttar 147479 old analogue camcorder then you will also need an analogue to digital converter, seerepparttar 147480 section on video editing cards below.

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