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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 o
  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 prog
  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
  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
  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 a
  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 rema
  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 tr
  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 problem
  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 c
  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
  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 th
  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, process
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