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I'm using Roxio Creator 2009 with the video capture USB hardware. I have a Sony CCD TRS-608 NTSC camcorder and I am trying to convert my tapes to DVD. When I use the MyDVD portion to capture the video, it gets really jerky. Fence posts, for example, when panning a landscape, will jump back and forth when viewing the captured video. It doesn't do that when I watch on a TV or when I capture on a DVR and play it back. I have also tried capturing from the DVD made by the DVR (Motorola) and the overall quality is still low. What settings will give the maximum resolution in capture quality? Space/size is not an object, most of the individual sessions are 15 minutes or less.

 

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I'm using Roxio Creator 2009 with the video capture USB hardware. I have a Sony CCD TRS-608 NTSC camcorder and I am trying to convert my tapes to DVD. When I use the MyDVD portion to capture the video, it gets really jerky. Fence posts, for example, when panning a landscape, will jump back and forth when viewing the captured video. It doesn't do that when I watch on a TV or when I capture on a DVR and play it back. I have also tried capturing from the DVD made by the DVR (Motorola) and the overall quality is still low. What settings will give the maximum resolution in capture quality? Space/size is not an object, most of the individual sessions are 15 minutes or less.

 

Thanks for you assistance.

 

Unfortunately that video chip (you don't have a card) may be on the low end of the requirements. Several things to do. 1) Update the drivers from the Dell site. 2) Update DirectX from Microsoft according to your OS, 3) set the program to work in software mode (MyDVD, top menu, tools, options), 4) set your chip performance via Windows to best performance and away from best appearance, 5) Shut down anything else running on your computer including anti-virus, anti-malware, e-mail, etc.) 5) Defrag your hard drive and get rid of all the junk files 6) Capture as AVI format, 7) Use "Import, Capture Video" "Easy media Import to import the video". It is almost the same thing that you are using but you will want to do your video editing in Video Wave where you have many more options. It is much easier to fix screw-ups in Video Wave rather than My DVD.

 

I can find that Sony model on the web. Could it be a TRV rather than a TRS? Are you outside the US? Is it standard definition or high definition camcorder? Remember that those old tapes are not the best source of video and that the videos you make on a DVD are limited to 480 resolution. If you use an upconverting DVD player, the videos will look better but don't expect anything near HD quality. if it is the camcorder I think it is, then I had a similar one; expect everything to be "soft".

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Unfortunately that video chip (you don't have a card) may be on the low end of the requirements. Several things to do. 1) Update the drivers from the Dell site. 2) Update DirectX from Microsoft according to your OS, 3) set the program to work in software mode (MyDVD, top menu, tools, options), 4) set your chip performance via Windows to best performance and away from best appearance, 5) Shut down anything else running on your computer including anti-virus, anti-malware, e-mail, etc.) 5) Defrag your hard drive and get rid of all the junk files 6) Capture as AVI format, 7) Use "Import, Capture Video" "Easy media Import to import the video". It is almost the same thing that you are using but you will want to do your video editing in Video Wave where you have many more options. It is much easier to fix screw-ups in Video Wave rather than My DVD.

 

I can find that Sony model on the web. Could it be a TRV rather than a TRS? Are you outside the US? Is it standard definition or high definition camcorder? Remember that those old tapes are not the best source of video and that the videos you make on a DVD are limited to 480 resolution. If you use an upconverting DVD player, the videos will look better but don't expect anything near HD quality. if it is the camcorder I think it is, then I had a similar one; expect everything to be "soft".

 

Yep, it's a TRV. Sorry. I am in the US.

Actually, I think I found a way to make it work. If I capture on the DVR, then copy all of the files from the DVR to a folder on the computer, then use the video from the computer, it seems to work. I understand about the old tapes, but what I am primarily trying to do is get the old media into a new format so that when you can no longer buy a tape-based camcorder, we will still be able to watch the videos. What would we do without all the technology changes. The other day, I saw a turntable (for the old 45s and 33s) that would hook into a computer with a USB cord. Who would have thought?

 

Anyway, Thanks for your help.

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