I was hoping to get a little guidance from folks on an idea I had. Long story short, I have a Sony mini-dvd camcorder that has been giving me fits in Premiere. The video it takes looks good on the DVD but when I import it into Premiere the end product has artifacts on it when I pan around with the camera. From all the discussions and reading I believe this is the result of a lot of things including the process of decompressing and recompressing the VOB files and just poor camera work by me. I have been hoping/planning to buy an HD camcorder, either going with AVCHD HDD (though I probably need to update my PC for that) or going with a firewire tape based camcorder. I hate to go with tape, only because it means I'm stuck buying media...but I hate to have to buy a PC if I go AVCHD.
So, here was my idea. In some simple testing using an old Pinacle Dazzle I had it seems like if I use the mini-dvd camcorder and then simply recapture the content off it it directly through the dazzle into the PC I get a fairly decent fix. Basic testing shows the screen artifacts are gone or greatly reduced. I'm hoping this lets me wait for the technology to catch up to where I want it to be. So, 2 quesitons:
1) Does this make sense as a work around, since I'm essentially recapturing the content to avoid the decompress/compress issues.
2) If so, does anyone have a good product they would recommend for capture? My Dazzle is old and only works on an old XP machine I have. I'm not sure if there are good and bad capture products out there, so before I wasted some money on a borked solution I thought I should ask.
3) Am I just fooling myself, and should I break down and buy a tape based camcorder (preferably HD)?
For some examples here is what I am talking about. First, a video from my camcorder imported by Premiere from the DVD.
This is the same video captured through the dazzle. Not perfect, but looks much better to me.
I would not use the Dazzle to capture my video unless I also planned to use Pinnacle Studio to edit it. Lower-end capture hardware like that is made to pretty much work only with the software that's bundled with it.
A better solution is a DV bridge, like the ADS Pyro AV Link, which has a street price of under $150 but captures virtually any video as DV-AVIs, the ideal format for editing on any PC-based video editor.
As for your DVD camcorder, you should get pretty good results (at least as good as the original) if you use the project preset for a Hard Disk Camcorder. Although, as you know, the DVD camcorder is sort of an antiquated format and a new cam may be in order.
BTW, if you don't mind sticking with standard def video, Sony miniDV camcorders (tape-based) can be had on eBay for about $100. MiniDV is the ideal format for editing on a PC or Mac, and going to that format may be the most economical means to improve your workflow.