I am a newbie to video editing. I have some 8mm tapes and I would like to transfer the raw video to my pc for editing. My camcorder supports composite and s-video interfaces, therefore I need to invest in some kind of video transfer card and software such as adobe encore.
Another option I am considering is to rip the videos to DVD directly and then use encore to edit them. However I don't know if this is possible.
Can anyone provide any help / advise with my mini project.
You do not edit video with Encore... you edit with Premiere Pro http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere/premierepro_current?view=ov erview - current version is CS6
After editing and exporting your project to MPEG2-DVD you use Encore to author the DVD (Encore is bundled with PPro)
PPro uses Firewire to get your video from your (digital ???) 8mm tapes to computer as DV AVI
If your 8mm tapes are analog, you need a converter http://www.grassvalley.com/products/converters
When you are ready, go to the PPro forum I linked above for editing help
Be sure to read the system requirements before you buy Premiere Pro
Adobe's MINimums http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html
This message has a really good graphic about requirements
More about Requirements http://forums.adobe.com/thread/618058
Disk Configurations http://forums.adobe.com/thread/878419
You may also want to consider the all-in-one Premiere Elements http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere_elements
For a "mini project" think about spending about $800 for Premiere Pro -vs- about $100 for Premiere elements
Thank you for the feedback.
I have been researching video capture cables, could I use one of these to convert and transfer my videos to my PC. Then use PPro for editing?
I have provided a link below for one of the video capture cables I have had a look at.
As I said, Premiere Pro (and Premiere Elements) use Firewire, not USB
The details say "File Encoding - MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4"
For best editing, you want DV AVI Type 2 with 16bit 48khz sound, which is what you will get with an ADVC from the Grass Valley site I linked before