I've recently got back into camcorders and I import the DV tapes to a standalone DVD Recorder (Pan E100) via Firewire onto RAM Disk set at the highest quality setting (xp 1hr). No complaints with the quality, everything looks fine and also I can do a 'partial erase' before importing it on the PC. I also have a Firewire socket on the PC's motherboard (are these of teh same qiality as a Firewire card?). So, question is.... Would I be better in capturing straight to the PC via the firewire and keeping it in raw DV format until the render stage?, bear in mind that it's going to end up on DVD. I've hear that the codecs used on the Pan E100 are of high quality and are less likely to get dropped frames. But it does add another layer of compression to the process as well as another time consuming process, but the file size is a lot smaller that a 13 gig dv file (trade offs!!) My current procedure is.... DVCam > RAM Disk, VRO > mpg using DVDWS or Video Sudio 8 Edit mpg in VS8 > Render with TMPG at highest settings. Rendered file> DVD Workshop2 > Burn to DVD-R (no further re-ncoding on video). The finished file size on the DVD is only 1.7 gig at 1 hour long and with a few extra bits added like music, etc after starting out as a 3.9gig file on the RAM disk. Could I fit 2 x 1.7gig files on and have a 2 hour DVD and still maintain the same quality? It just seems a bit small to me and somewhere down the line it's not set at it's optimum, although the finished article looks and sounds fine.