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Premiere Elements will not only capture your miniDV video at full quality -- it pretty much streams the data as is from the tape. So the quality of the video is identical to the original.
As for analog and Hi8, tape, if you use a DV bridge (as we recommend in our FAQs http://forums.adobe.com/thread/431853?tstart=0 ) or a Digital8 camcorder to digitize your video, as DV-AVIs, it will be about as close to the original as is possible. So you're okay there too.
As for using the program, why not start with my free 8-part Basic Training tutorial series at Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com? They should help you see if this is the program for you.
Then, if you really want to learn the program inside and out, check out my books.
They'll answer almost any question you might have in easy step-by-step instruction. And, of course, you've got the author (me) right here and on Muvipix.com several times a day to help you with what the books don't make clear!
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PRE (and some other capture software) can sometimes stop the capture if there is a break on the tape. I use Exsate DV Capture Live and WinDV. They can capture an entire tape as DV-AVI Type 2 ignoring any interference that can cause other software to stop recording. WinDV does not play the sound during capture (but it IS capturing it). Exsate plays the sound during capture but has a tiny preview screen that you cannot resize.
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Thanks for the replies, been playing a bit and managed to capture stuff as I want, will take a look at the software alternatives just for completeness. One other question, when I capture the displayed image on the PC has jaggies like in the picture yet the original is ok, I assume I've got some setting wrong somewhwer but no idea where. Any ideas.
As I said in my first post, this will not happen if you use a true DV bridge, like ADS Pyro AV Link or the Canopus capture device.
If this is happening with your miniDV captured over FireWire and you have your project set up for DV, it may just be that the quality level of your monitor is set too low. Right-click on the image on your Monitor and change the quality settings to Best.
But, because video and computers compose their video frames in two very different ways, there will always be a little bit of this interlacing in your preview. It should not show up on your final output however.
This was captured from my DV camcorder not analogue, monitor settings are on the highest possible as far as I can see. When you say final output do you mean when clips have benn edited on the timeline and then finally exported to whatever format. Initiall I was kind of thinking that capturing all my tapes via premiere and having them in th eorganiser would allow me to watch any of them without further processing.
Yes. And they should look pretty good in the Organizer.
However, television video is interlaced while computer video (WMVs, MOVs, etc.) is not. So, although video player software does compensate to some extent for interlacing in captured video, it's going to be there to some extent.
But, in the Organizer or in the Windows Media Player, it shouldn't look nearly as pronounced as it does in your screen capture.
Give it a try and let us know if that's not the case.