Recently I began to play with converting some VHS tapes of past football games to DVD. In order to do this I purchased the Pinnacle Moviebox USB. Although I do not like the software (Studio 8), I was able to convert a few tapes to DVD. The resulting copy was just ok. When I heard about the Canopus ADVC300, I felt that perhaps I could get some better quality since the signal is supposed to be boosted. I think that I will be able to use the ADVC300 with Studio 8, since Studio 8 will capture from a DV device. However, if there is a better software package that will meet my needs, I'd be interested in it. I have downloaded EDIUS 2.0 for a trial, as well as Premiere, but they seem to be too complicated for what I want to do. Canopus Let's Edit sounds like it might be a good choice for me, but they do not offer a trial download. The one thing I do like about Studio 8 is the ability to easily create a slideshow and add music via SmartSound. Does Let's Edit interface with SmartSound?
The machine I have is just borderline, although I will be upgrading it soon. Currently I am running Windows XP Home on an Intel P4 1.4Ghz with 256MB of RDRAM. I am using a 120GB Western Digital USB drive to hold my video projects. I intend to upgrade to a 2.4 or 2.8 Ghz Pentium machine with 1GB of ram and a SATA drive to hold my video projects.
Does anyone have some experiences with Let's Edit that they can share with me? I don't need to do anything fancy.....I want to convert my VHS tapes to digital, design DVD menus, create slideshows to go to either DVD, SVCD or VHS.