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  1. Heres a link to kind of explain CCD and CMOS Video Tech I guess an easy explanation is that CMOS provides more processing power and speed from within the camera with less power. Also CMOS uses less power which can extend battery life. If your out shooting video and do not have extra expensive batteries, then CMOS can give you more shooting time. I wanted to convert old 8mm film/movies to digital and the best solution is to recature the movies directly via firewire to a raid-0 array. Like I said, you need to keep DSLR's separate from Video Cameras more so when it comes to CMOS or CCD's. You may feel that you don't need DV now but if you decide to do more with video later, I would hate to have to buy another video cam for doing it. For Images, I prefer Nikon gear. For Video I like Canon DV or HDdv gear. Canon makes good gear so the choice is up to the user. I would not recommend anything other than Canon or Nikon because I feel that those 2 are the best in the market.
  2. I believe there is software that comes with the camera. Basically with a DV camera with firewire, you can use any non linear editing program for your video. I saw the lower level of adobe premier for around $100. This type of program might be good if you want to spend $100. From what I understand, Windows Movie Maker is installed with Vista and may be available with XP SP3. People are using it but I have not at this time. If you already have NERO 9 ultimate, try using it because it has several tools to work with video and also contains the burn engine for your output. Its a good program for editing and making custom DVD's. I can look for some free programs and post back with them but the program that comes with the camera or is available from Canon should work good. You can also navigate thru Digital-Digest and find links to many open source programs that all work great for specific purposes. I must have 10-15 programs that I found there to accomplish various tasks as needed. They also have some excellent info and tutorials if you navigate thru the site for anything you need. They have tools for encoding, re encoding, and converting anything to anything for final output. If your not sure about some of the software, just post back here or start a thread and people can help you with which ones are good and which are bad. Some of the free Open source stuff available there are great. That camera Vixia HV30 for $599 is a steal. I think I might order one this week. I compared all the top end cameras up to $1000 or even higher and that one appears to be the best. The next step is over $3000 and up. The HV40 will be out by June but I don't think the HV30 will go any lower at any time even after the HV40 is out. If you want to wait until June, then wait for a price on the HV40. I think the list price is less than $100 more than the HV30 and maybe they will have a special new release deal. This is probably good for Bacterozoid because hopefuly he will know exactly what he wants in a video camera and why he wants it. I made the mistake of buying the Canon DVD camera for my daughter and now am sorry that I did.
  3. Try a trial version of PS Lightroom and create a web gallery with all of your images. This will resize as needed or to your specs and make the entire collection into a web page ready to put on the web. If you have access to PS CS3 or 4, Open Bridge and use the batch process to resize all your images. I believe with older versions, bridge is inside PS but newer version have separated bridge into its own program to handle RAW images better. If your only doing this one project, a trial version should work. IMO Lightroom is the best choice but Bridge is almost as good.
  4. We need to separate DSLR's from Video here. When I said CMOS was a better choice, this was for Video not still images. If you don't understand the benefit of Firewire/iLink, then you don't need it. Firewire is cross platform and in most cases does not require proprietary software to work with output. DV is a huge almost lossless file which is what you want for editing. On the other hand, DSLR's require proprietary software to perform tethered shooting depending on the model you are using. I prefer Nikon gear and they require a $200 program for this via USB. To my knowledge, miniDV is the only format that carries FW.
  5. Did it ever play DVD's, some older systems had a CD read only and a CD-RW drive installed. If your sure the drive is a DVD drive. It is possible that your Drive firmware is not compatible with some of the newest media used for DVD's. Updating the firmware can be tricky and if anyone attemts this, and you do anything wrong or use the wrong update, you can easily brick the drive at which point you can then throw it away. In many cases the DVD drive manufacturer will have a firmware update. You can find your version in device manager under the drive info/driver menu for that drive. You then compare that version with the version available from the manufacturer which will tell you if and when they created an update. Firmware for many drives are generally to make them compatible with newer media types such as -R/RW to -R/RW and +R/RW or to allow faster burn rip speeds among other things. First, if your sure it is a DVD drive, go to device manager and uninstall the driver and also disable that drive if you can. Then shut down the computer before windows tries to reinstall the driver. Open the computer and disconnect the DVD drive. Restart windows and let it boot completely. Shut down the computer and connect the data cable and power. Reboot the computer and let windows find it and 'install new hardware' blah, blah, blah. After its done, go to the drive and right click on it and select 'properties'. Navigate to the menu that has a box to enable recording on/with that drive, check the box and then apply. Close everything and try your DVD again. If it will not play then check for a firmware update. If that still does not work, shut down and disconnect the CD drive leaving only the DVD drive. Restart and try again. If that does not work then either the DVD has new encryption or DRM that will not allow you to play it or the Drive is shot. FYI-You can actually play almost anything with WMP but sometimes you must get the codec that you need and istall it/drag/drop it into the Codec folder/file for WMP. This is not quite the same as just installing a Codec pack like you see all over the web. A single codec can be obtained right from the manufacturer of the codec in many cases. This method IS NOT the same as a codec pack. They should have the exact procedure to install the codec where you download the codec from or have a link on how to do it. Although VLC player is nice, WMP is more friendly and has more toys to play with. This also holds true for playing .FLV flash videos from the web. If you install the codec directly into WMP, you can now play flash videos directly in WMP if you saved them to your hard drive.
  6. I just thought I would add another point about using MiniDV/Firewire. This type of file for the most part is a somewhat RAW file. The major benefit of this is that you can create/convert your video to any other format with relative ease. Mobile phones, Web pages, print media, DVDs or anything. Any video editor knows that converting formats to fit other needs can be a huge pain and hairlosing experience. (I've lost a lot of hair over the past few years due to video tech). So by using MiniDV/Firewire gear, you WILL avoid most of the headaches that many people have had and posted about even in this forum in the past. It is my understanding that with these files, you can even work with them with relative ease in the self contained LINUX application that comes standard with most if not all new LINUX releases. I have not had much experience with the LINUX app but from what I know of it, it is quite powerful. From my observation, either most LINUX users don't use the apps OR are not aware of it. I would bet that soon when Linux users learn about it in detail, it will become a huge public hit.
  7. Firewire is faster than USB 2.0 for video. The stated speed of 2.0 is up to 480mbs but is severly limited by your system for many reasons, one is because it is shared with other stuff and the system controls USB. You will never get the speed from USB that you do from Firewire. It's hard to explain, I'll try to find a good link that explains why FW is faster. Also Firewire allows the capture of video without a capture card. USB 2.0 can easily result in dropped frames during transfer. You cannot capture video to a program with USB, only transfer video. The tape format will remain long after the dvd/hard drive formats are gone. Hard drives basicly capture video is pure digital form so the quality is usually not as good as tape. Compare both types and you will notice the grainy effect in the pure digital video from a HD or miniDVD disc. 1 MiniDV tape = approx. 1- 60GB hard drive worth of video. for the $3.25 tape it is the safest and lowest cost backup of your video. Firewire is faster due to the architecture. It's hard to explain simply. The simplelest way I can explain it is that Firewire can sustain 100% speed. USB 2.0 cannot. Read this: USB vs Firewire USB vs Firewire Wiki Another thing is that many people do not understand how big video files are before compression. A 2 HR movie can be over 100GBS in size. When you get it to watch it has been super compressed by whatever Codec is used. You need super speed to capture 50 or 75MB per second without dropping frames. Vid cameras with MiniDV Tape are the only units that have both FW and USB and they also have an analog port so that you can plug the camera into a TV and watch your video right after shooting. I can try to send you an eBook that can explain more if my email will allow this size attachment.
  8. Your graphics card should have calibration tools with it if you installed the complete driver package. You may also want to consider a calibrator to adjust the screen RGB with CMYK colors. This will make it look good and also will make anything you print look as close as possible to what you see on your monitor. Any better image programs usually contain tools for adjusting the screen/print colors which is good because the human eye cannot see most of the colors created on a monitor but they can see printed media colors.
  9. First decide everything that you want to do with it. Meaning just record video and watch the video or do you want to do any editing with it or live capture. The best all around choice is a video camera that uses MiniDV tapes. These all have a DV/firewire connection on the camera. Pro's only use MiniDV tapes for many reasons. Based on my experience, many people are misinformed about video cameras and video tech. Many like and actually believe that a built in hard drive and/or dvd mini disc are advanced and MiniDV tape and using a firewire/iLink are out dated but the exact opposite is true. Stay away from these people because they do are not knowlegable enough about video gear. A little reseach will prove this very quickly. You CANNOT shoot live video directly to your computer without a firewire/iLink(sony) Pros do not use HD's and dvds to shoot video. You might say 'I do not want to be a pro' BUT, there will probably be things in the future that you will want to do with video and find out that you need to buy another VidCam because you are stuck with the one that you bought. Also Vista and Win 7 have the included/free Moviemaker which can very easily capture live video to edit, but only if your camera has a firewire port. USB does not work for this. As you can probably tell, I have been working with images and video for quite some time and gained an insight into video cameras. I also use non linear programs to edit and work on video to create a nice final DVD or Flash file as final output. So with that said, do yourself a favor now and buy a video camera that uses MiniDV tapes, HiDefinition and a CMOS image sensor. Try to stay away from a CCD type video camera. All MiniDV tape cameras have a firewire. Firewire is still faster than USB 2.0 for video capture. The other types of video cameras all have USB connectors like a DSLR or even a basic camera but none come with a firewire/DV jack. The MiniDV tape units all have a Firewire/DV port AND a USB 2.0 port. Your only concern with Zooming is the optical zoom, NOT the digital zoom numbers. Optical increases the sensor capture size whereas digital zoom crops the video and can make for bad quality video. All the other features are basically eye candy and if you use even the free moviemaker in Vista, the other stuff will all be overidden by software. ie white balance/exposure color settings etc. The best choice in the price area that you stated is the Canon Vixia series Here is a link to the HV30 at newegg. It was $585.00 until a few days ago and I'm furious that I did not buy one because now it is $799. The HV20 is about $600. It uses Hi definition tape or MiniDV tape. Both have a CMOS sensor. You can check out the HV20 there also or search for the best deal. Any warranty service needed will be thru Canon regardless of where you buy it. Canon VIXIA HV30 This is only my recommendation. You can buy whichever brand you want but stay away from any formats that deviate from the standards that I layed out above. SONY might be nice but they contiue to keep on creating bad proprietary formats (see BetaMax) and never seem to learn. I bought a Canon mini DVD type video camera as my first for around $325.00 and learned the hard way how limited it was and wish I had never bought it. The main thing is MiniDV tape and CMOS sensor if your going to spend over $400. A nice starter non HiDefinition video camera is the JVC DRV-87OUS if you can find one yet or even a reconditioned one. JC Penney outlet stores had reconditioned ones as of last week for $129.00, which is great for what that camera can do. ALSO, a video camera is by far superior in quality compared to a webcam and so you can use a video camera as a great webcam via the Firewire. (many people don't know that). This is also why the JVC camera for 129.00 was so good for people that wanted them as a webcam and not even for shooting video. They even included a software program for doing that.
  10. Try installing the tuner card software via a full admin account. Then if you still need to re install .net framework, istall via the admin account. I have 2 almost identical vista systems and 1 usually behaves OK but the other will not even allow a new folder on the a non windows partition without a separate admin account.
  11. Try giving your network a name and let the router generate a password for the security that you choose (preferably wpa2). Then setup the wireless connection using the generated password that the router made for you. It appears that you may have several wireless networks in your area and the system may be getting confused. For many reasons your computer may be getting a stronger signal from someone elses router and may be trying to connect to that network which might be the cause for you getting disconnected. By using your own named network and password, this should solve most problems. This IS NOT the same as your ISP/DSL user name and password.
  12. If your camera uses a flash SD card or any flash media card, try using a card reader. Uploading via the camera itself can damage the camera in the long run. Check your camera settings under the USB settings. Most have settings for the way the USB port will behave. Try a small test with Adobe lightroom. Get a 30 day trial and install it. Connect the camera with the proper settings. Open Lightroom and under the import settings select import photos from devices and see if the camera is listed. Select your camera and a window should pop up and generate thumbnails for all images on the camera . You can also try this if you have Adobe bridge. Bridge is included with photoshop. It is inside photoshop on older versions and a stand alone on newer versions. I have yet to find a camera that did not show up for import in Lightroom or Bridge. Also with Lightroom you can select any image or group of images and Email them with 1 or 2 clicks. It will resize the group of images optimized for email and automatically open your email client and let you send them any place you want all in 1 shot. If possible put the card in a card reader and avoid uploading directly from the camera.
  13. Check your firewall and make sure that your wireless network is in the Trusted Zone. The firewall will block other computers or printers etc. on a wireless network if the network is not in the Trusted Zone. The wired devices are always in the Trusted Zone, but Wireless usually are not. Windows does not know if the wireless devices are yours or some random hacker from the internet. This is why you must tell it how to behave. MAKE SURE YOU SECURE YOUR NETWORK with WPA2 if possible. In the past this was not true but a few updates back, the default network settings were changed for security reasons.
  14. This could be server issues or possibly your security on your computer. The cable may have been set to some trusted settings but the DSL may be still checking all those files. I run Kaspersky 2009 and mine is set to check everything coming into my system from the internet so sometimes it can take a little while to play a video or other things because its getting checked thoroughly before the file executes. My system usually buffers most of a video in ram before it starts to play after it is scanned. I just put up with it and stay safe. Try playing a video with your cable and then the exact same video with the DSL. If it takes longer with the DSL, then its probably your security settings. As you said, your DSL tested faster than the cable which is usually true. Be careful with the security settings because you do not want to infect your system with a malicious video or any file for that matter.
  15. I gave the simple explanation, the long version would take about 10,000 pages to explain. It is not an easy concept to grasp. I'm old school and as much as things have appeared to change over 30 years the basics have not changed. The biggest problem is getting an Adobe program to release the ram that is used. Im limited to 4 GB's on a 32 bit CPU and this is a known problem. Out of 4 GB's , the program will only use about 50% in most cases. If I try to stitch a panoramic with 15-20 raw images it has the tendency to crash when I save the image file after rendering. Technically, processing changes data and 2 cores cannot change data at the same time. Multi cores can process separate steps in a program but cannot use the same data simultaneously. I have Adobe MC on a P4 prescott 3.6 and a Core 2 and the prescott is still a lot faster. The only difference is that the Prescott runs WinXP and the Core 2 runs on Vista. I don't think that should make any difference, or does it?
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