View Full Version : How to capture DV via firewire to MPEG directly

11-08-2002, 06:26 PM

I have a Sony Camcorder with a firewire cable. I also have a firewire port on my PC. I can capture AVI format using Pinacle Studio DV software that came with the PC. Problem is it takes up too much disk space and it can only capture 18 minutes at a time.

Please let me know what freeware/shareware/software I can use to capture directly from the camcorder to MPEG format using the existing firewire.

Thank you

Best Regards


11-08-2002, 06:42 PM
I think you can use Ulead video studio ($$$)
I am sure you can get freeware/shareware too.

the other answer is a bigger hard drive :-)

11-08-2002, 10:09 PM
Hi James, I use Video Studio 5, and capture video through a Dynalink TView card (which is analogue). The VS5 user's manual says that the IEEE 1394 interface card does not support MPEG cature directly from a camcorder. An analogue card needs to support RGB24 or YUV capture (at least as far as VS5 is concerned) for direct MPEG capture.

13-08-2002, 12:11 AM
There is none

You need to capture and then use divx to make smaller sized files
also the 18 minute option means you have reached the 4 gig file size of windoze
unless u are using NTFS


13-08-2002, 12:24 PM
I capture in Studio DV 1.26 to the hd.
Render, then create MPEG file.
I have been able to get 1hr of video playing time onto one CD in this format.
In the .avi it is H-U-G-E.