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Own Creator 2011 Pro. Importing video files from a Sony Handicam Video Hi8 XR Camera. Have connected the camera to the Desktop using cable and the Roxio Video Capture USB plug. I go into Media Import, the Roxio Video Capture USB is recognized. But Capture Settings Pull Down DV, DVD(HQ,LP,SP) and VCD. Captures just fine, but the files are about 26GB each which is too large for all the video I need to convert. Is there a method which would allow me to save with a smaller file size format? The Help saves I should see MPEG-3 in the Capture Settings, but I don't. Any suggestions for getting these files imported to my Desktop?

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While DVD Movies are ‘files on a disc’ they are not merely slapped there

 

DVD Movies are Authored

 

I have a post Here describing workflow.

 

Read through that, but if you still have questions, feel free to ask :lol:

 

You can also make use of the Leaning Center which is included in the software ;)

 

I would also suggest you get a disc or 2 of DVD RW to try things out on, since they are reusable.

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Please explain your satatement " but the files are about 26GB each which is too large for all the video I need to convert'

 

File size means space on your computer but nothing if you plan to burn them to a DVD. Remember the guideline of one hour of video on a single layer DVD at best quality; more (up to about 2 hours) if you want to watch at a significantly lower quality.

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Own Creator 2011 Pro. Importing video files from a Sony Handicam Video Hi8 XR Camera. Have connected the camera to the Desktop using cable and the Roxio Video Capture USB plug. I go into Media Import, the Roxio Video Capture USB is recognized. But Capture Settings Pull Down DV, DVD(HQ,LP,SP) and VCD. Captures just fine, but the files are about 26GB each which is too large for all the video I need to convert. Is there a method which would allow me to save with a smaller file size format? The Help saves I should see MPEG-3 in the Capture Settings, but I don't. Any suggestions for getting these files imported to my Desktop?

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What I am trying to do is save my Hi8 Tapes to my hard drive, as the tapes have a shorter shelf life. Once this is done, I can then use them as the Masters for editing and creating DVD's. I recognize the best copy is the large file I am getting, but I have around 50+ tapes and not enough storage space. Looking for a compromise, before these tapes degrade.

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So your issue is realy storage space for the captured file (and resulting files once you start creating DVDs), right?

 

Video files are huge so my advise is for you to get external hard drives to save your video files. Make sure the external drive is supported by your system (e.g., USB, firewire ,eSata). Check out newegg.com, where I usually buy my external SATA drives.

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You need to decide on a format to have some idea of capture file sizes…

 

AVI 13gb per hour

 

MPEG 2 4.5gb per hour

 

I use AVI as it is not compressed and therefore ‘lossless’ ;)

 

MPEG is OK if you only intend one edit then burn. Multiple edits and resaves (render) will degrade it after a time…

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