best software for capturing video (DV)

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    • #44257
      jbank
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      what is the best software for capturing and editing Digital Video?

    • #185377
      birdcat
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      Ask ten people that question here and you’ll get 12 opinions.

      It all depends on your personal needs, likes, tastes, experience, etc…

      Are you using a PC or Mac? Do you have any prior experience? What is your budget? Do you already have a camera and if so what format does it record in?

    • #185378
      jbank
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      It is for capture a wedding video to make a DVD. I am using a PC and my camera is a JVC GR-D396U. The format is DV. I am on a small budget. I have used Cyberlink Power Director Deluxe 6.0 in the past. It seems to wash out the color and the picture doesn’t look the seem as it does when viewing on the camcorder.

      Thanks

    • #185379
      roblewis56
      Participant

      You can find a comparison at:

      http://video-editing-software-review.toptenreviews.com/?

    • #185380
      pseudosafari
      Member

      I used Pinnacle Studio 8 through 12 and was generally happy with it over the years. Does simple editing, too, and I think it’s still under $150.00.

      Your hardware might make a difference in the problems you describe, too. Make sure you have the best cables for the device, too–that can affect the capture process.

    • #185381
      jbank
      Participant

      I am capturing my video via firewire cord.

    • #185382
      SteveMann
      Participant

      DV via Firewire is simply a data copy. Nothing gets altered by the capture software. Nothing.

      I use Scenalyzer for my DV work.

    • #185383
      jbank
      Participant

      I will take a look at Scenalyzer

    • #185384
      birdcat
      Participant

      I don’t use tape much anymore but Vegas has it’s own capture program so I use that then.

      I so like the speed of source capture from hard drive and flash memory – I don’t think I would ever go back to tape…

      As for the colors – are you processing the footage in your NLE at all? In Vegas I use the color curves filter to make the video “pop”. It does make a difference.

      With Color Curves:

      With Color Curves

      Without Color Curves:

      Without Color Curves

      Color Curves Settings:

      Color Curves Settings

    • #185385
      jbank
      Participant

      I do not know what NLE is but I guess I am not using it. What version of vegas are you using.

    • #185386
      jbank
      Participant

      My video are looking like the one without color curves after I capture it my PC, but it does not look that way when you view it on the camcorder.

    • #185387
      birdcat
      Participant

      NLE = Non Linear Editor – Vegas, Premiere, Final Cut, Avid, etc….

      I am using Vegas Pro 8 but color curves has been there for a long time (before Version 6 when I started using it).

      And color on your PC does not accurately represent what video will look like on a TV – Many folks have a separate TV monitor to view in realtime or you can burn a test DVD nd check it out that way.

    • #185388
      ophelia
      Participant

      Birdcat – please elaborate on the set-up mentioned in your statement:

      “Many folks have a separate TV monitor to view in realtime or you can burn a test DVD nd check it out that way.”

      Thanks!

    • #185389
      XTR-91
      Participant

      “It seems to wash out the color and the picture doesn’t look the seem as it does when viewing on the camcorder.”

      Don’t mean to burst your bubble, but the problem may lie directly under the performance of your camcorder, or, there is a problem with the format which you are saving and re-importing into the timeline. The other possibility is a color adjustmentproblem (brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.) Those are the only possibilities that I can come up with, other than a problem that happened somewhere along the process of capturing, software processing (your software/video card degrades the preview quality), or rendering a poor quality format.

    • #185390
      birdcat
      Participant

      Ophelia –

      Look starting on page 335 of this Sony Vegas manual:

      http://sony-202.vo.llnwd.net/dspcdn/manuals/vegaspro90d_manual_enu.pdf

    • #185391
      ophelia
      Participant

      Thank you Birdcat.

    • #185392
      jbank
      Participant

      Can’t seem to find color curves under video fx in 8.0 pro. Help?

    • #185393
      birdcat
      Participant

      Right here (click on the link):

      http://birdcat.com/7squared/cc.jpg

      Just drag Reset To None to your clip and adjust to give it that gentle S shape.

    • #185394

      Sony Vegas 9. Amazing program. Spend the money, learn the program, get practice and you will never regret it ever. As an alternative, Sony Moviemaker – about $100. Then you can upgrade to Vegas 9 if you want.

      There is no substitute for quality and performance. Just isn’t.

    • #211557
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Camtasia is the best video capture software, i can say this software is the best because iam using it from since 2 years iam very satisfactory with this software there might be other softwares but according to my view camtasia is the best software you can try download, install once from http://go4download.com/camtasia-studio-download and enjoy the experience, as per my experience this software will make you to feel happy.

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