I want to archive my mini-DV camcorder tapes by capturing their video with Premier Elements 3.0 (I have a newer version but only have 3.0 on my XP machine that has a firewire i/f).
I have successfully captured one tape and I see a series of AVI files (as expected). I have two questions:
Is it possible / preferable to capture the video as a single dv file (i.e. with no recognition of timestamp breaks and no wrappers) ?
Is there any loss in the .avi files compared to the tape (i.e. is the codec different / are there other options) ?
I don't remember E3 anymore. but it may have a setting that says you can turn off Scene detection.
If its preferable all depends on your workflow. I would not want just one file. Lost of work just to cut out the bad bits.
No wrappers? Avi is a wrapper/container there is no other option.
Transferring tape to computer is one on one. No loss. Avi is the best solution.