Answering the question for Harm. No, hdmi and component are for watching. Capturing is done with firewire.
Capturing is about DATA transfer, HDMI and component are about VIDEO transfer.
Ann summarized it correctly. For video editing, you need DATA transfer, not VIDEO transfer. And then HDMI is not ideal. You lose a lot of data that are included in the DATA transfer, but left out in the VIDEO transfer.
If you have the choice, depending on your camera, the best choice would be HD-SDI on location, because it often is a 4:2:2 signal, but that requires a beefy disk setup. If you have recorded the signal to tape, card or hard disk, the signal has been compressed to 4:2:0 color space and nothing you do can restorse that signal back to 4:2:2 quality. It has been lost irretrievably. At least for most cameras.
Once the signal has been recorded, it is either capture over fire wire, or plain file (directory) copy with Explorer. That will give you all the data that were recorded. HDMI is great for DISPLAYING your material, not for DATA transfer.
Thank you both. It was only possible to capture with component from my old camera/computer. Fortunately I (and time) have moved on since then,
but I never uderstood the difference in data transfer and display until now. Thanks you both for that!
Your old camera would probably be composiet and not component. (two different things)
You are right, Ann -- and between composit and component I DO know the differnce. Just a brain freeze
I need to capture from a camera without firewire: Panasonic AVCHD with SD card. I'll soon have to shoot a long sequence (a theater play) that I can't cut in short clips like I've done so far. I saw some SDI card , or HDVsplit solution but I guess Adobe must have solved the problem with all these cam on the market wo firewire.
I have CS4 (and HDMI on both cam and PC but saw here it's not the solution).
Please don't double-post.
Sorry sorry. The first post was on an old forum so I thought nobody would even see it. Looks like it's well organized.
Sware, I won't do it again