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Greta Cribbs
quality loss in dvd transfer
on Mar 17, 2015 at 5:02:45 pm
Last Edited By Greta Cribbs on Mar 17, 2015 at 5:27:16 pm

I know this question gets asked a lot, but I need to get an answer to my specific situation, so here goes.

I have a Canon XL-1, which shoots great video, but of course it's miniDV, so getting the footage to my computer is troublesome.

I recently finished shooting a new video, and got some really great looking footage. I transferred about half of it via my older computer that has a FireWire port(the computer I use for editing doesn't have one). But then, being an older computer, it started acting up, and I don't think I'm going to be able to use it anymore. So the other half of the video I burned onto dvd, and then used the Sony Vegas tool for importing directly from dvd.

Okay, so, the video I had transferred via FireWire looked great after importing to Vegas, but the video I imported from the dvd looks very pixely. I looked at the original file that was saved on my computer when I pulled it off of the dvd, and it looks fine, it only looks bad in Vegas.

I don't want my final video to be of such bad quality, but I'm running out of options. What are your suggestions? I have downloaded handbrake and am thinking of using that to make another copy of the dvd in hopes of it looking better, but haven't yet. Is that something I should try?


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Dave Osbun
Re: quality loss in dvd transfer
on Mar 17, 2015 at 6:13:11 pm

Did you render/convert the DVD to a regular "let's watch a movie DVD", or is it a data DVD, where you saved the video as a data file onto the DVD?

If you converted the video before placing on the DVD, there's your issue.

Dave


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Greta Cribbs
Re: quality loss in dvd transfer
on Mar 17, 2015 at 7:55:16 pm

I transferred it by connecting the camera to my dvd player. That's kind of my only option right now if I can't use FireWire. I don't think there are any options for file type transferring it that way. The only thing I could do would be to choose not to finalize the disc. I'm kind of knew to the technological end of all of this, so I don't know if that would work or not.


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Steve Rhoden
Re: quality loss in dvd transfer
on Mar 17, 2015 at 10:21:39 pm

Oh man, transferring to a DVD Player not gonna yield anything good.
Might be not what you wanna hear, but you can try getting a IEEE Card
and install it in your computer, they are very cheap!

Steve Rhoden (Cow Leader)
Film Maker & VFX Artist.
Owner of Filmex Creative Media.
Samples of my Work and Company can be seen here:
http://www.facebook.com/FilmexCreativeMedia


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Greta Cribbs
Re: quality loss in dvd transfer
on Mar 18, 2015 at 11:49:10 am

I actually did install one on the newer computer, but when I plugged the camera in, nothing happened. I don't know what went wrong, I never really investigated it because the older computer was working. So maybe you have some advice about why the new card didn't work?


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Steve Rhoden
Re: quality loss in dvd transfer
on Mar 18, 2015 at 11:51:34 pm

Try again and use WinDV to capture the footage from the camcorder
to your desktop. Its a free yet effective tool, that i usually use to
capture my DV Content in the past. Here is the link:
http://windv.mourek.cz/

Steve Rhoden (Cow Leader)
Film Maker & VFX Artist.
Owner of Filmex Creative Media.
Samples of my Work and Company can be seen here:
http://www.facebook.com/FilmexCreativeMedia


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