I have a dv camcorder which uses small cassette tapes my problem is transferring them to DVD as when I used windows movie maker the avi file was 16gb in size to big to put on a 4.7gb disc I don't mind losing some video quality but can anybody shed any light on the matter
Did you let Window Movie Maker make a DVD, or did you stop when you saw the file sizes?
I use VideoStudio, and just let it get on with the job - it takes quite some time, and I suspect some compression is taking place. For me, the quality seems acceptable.
I've just fired up Windows Movie Maker, and after importing a video clip, found that my version (2007) doesn't offer DVD making. Perhaps that's why I've always used VideoStudio! I believe there are free DVD making apps on the web, but I've no experience of them.
What version of Windows are you using? If Vista or Win7 then it comes with a DVD making program called Windows DVD Maker. This will compress the files down and make them compatible with a DVD player. It will also allow you to create chapters and a menu for the DVD.
The reason for the very large DV .AVI files is that they have very little compression (5:1 done in the camcorder) which means that any editig does not affect the quality of the video. Once compressed to MPEG-2 or any other format such as .WMV, DivX etc any further editing can reduce the quality. So do all the editing on the large file and then get the editng program to output the file as anopther (large) AVI or WMV (the only options for Movie Maker IIRC) and then use the above mentioned program to create the DVD.