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Q1)I am intended to invest a Video camcorder. Before this, I need to know how much of 1 hour miniDV tape takes up when it transfer to my PC ? Q2)If my harddisk space is not sufficient to accomodate the required harddisk space, is there any software that can handle part by part ? What I mean is, I will split it into few session,instead of processing the entire tape in my PC.

Thanks SYC

-- SYC (, August 09, 2003


I bought a minidv camera recently, and all I can say is that the filesize is huge. A capture at full quality in DV type 1 format, is well over 14GB/hour... (Yes, you read it correctly, 14000 Megabyte per hour). I'm still trying to find a way to fit that on a CD with VCD or SVCD quality though, but I'm sure I'll get there.

You can also use a program like Ulead Videostudio, and that can capture in MPEG-1, and the filesize is ALOT smaller (Not sure, but I think 800mb per hour), but the quality is pretty poor...

As for your second question, yes it's possible. Most programs (like ScenalyzerLive) will have a stop recording during recording. This will pause both your camera and the software, so you can continue to record later.

Hope this helps, Daniel

-- Daniel B. (, August 10, 2003.


Thanks for the info provided.By the way, what is the quality of the VCD produced by ScenalyzerLive based on your experience ? no spam....

-- SYC (, August 11, 2003.

Streaming the data from camera to computer can take up alot of GB's of HD space. If you use the deafault software that came with the camera it probally has a vcd writer program, It will srink the large video file alot smaller. If you didn't get a vcd writer program then use software to create vcd movies.

Dont encode video that does not use the same resolution as svcd. svcd = 480x576 pal , 480x490 ntsc vcd = 352x288 pal , 352x240 ntsc

-- Prodigy (, August 14, 2003.

"No Spam", tried Ulead Studio 6.0, quality is bad when replay on PC. What is the best software that I can convert form my minDV to MPEG-2 DVD equivalent ?

My PC is Win2K, assume I have plenty of hard disk space.

-- sy (, August 31, 2003.

Daniel, did you already found a way to fit your DV film on a SVCD? I'm playing around with DVD2SVCD and avisynth, but I'm not sure that's the way. Greetings

-- Rob (, September 30, 2003.

Well you edit your tape as you download to your pc using Easy CD and DVD creator 6. If you intend to use SVCD you only need to download 35 minutes of tape which is around 7Gbyte.

-- george mike (, October 18, 2003.

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