Best way to convert DV to Computer

Raj007

Novice Member
Afternoon all,

I recently found my old Samsung DV Camcorder, that I found in my attic. In the box I also found a bunch of tapes too.
I already have a firewire cable and port on PC but never used it.

My point is how do I convert it with minimal quality loss?

Thanks
 

Raj007

Novice Member
Thanks, the quality was sharp!!

Any idea how to compress them down?

I have saved some tapes and now it all totals up to 40gigs
 

sep8001

Well-known Member
You could convert them to dvd but you would lose quality, may be best to buy a portable drive and copy onto there.
 

oneman

Well-known Member
You really shouldn't lose much quality converting to DVD, I use Freemake video convertor (get v3.1.x) and its literally a few clicks. Note that DVD-R can degrade over time depending how they are stored.

40GB really isn't much, as suggested above get an external HDD and then get another another one and make a second copy.
 

Raj007

Novice Member
You really shouldn't lose much quality converting to DVD, I use Freemake video convertor (get v3.1.x) and its literally a few clicks. Note that DVD-R can degrade over time depending how they are stored.

40GB really isn't much, as suggested above get an external HDD and then get another another one and make a second copy.
I don't like DVD, but thanks anyway.
 

next010

Distinguished Member
Install Handbrake
  • import file
  • select preset->general and for quality pick HQ 480p (NTSC) or 576p (PAL) to match source captured video.
  • hit start encode

That will put out a high quality compressed version of the videos, if you want to keep the sources USB HDDs with large capacity are dirt cheap these days.
 

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