Hi all, This is my first posting so please be patient with me! I am trying to convert about 18 hours of HI-8 tapes to digital and then burn to dvd's. I have recently purchased a Sony Laptop, Sony DCR-HC30 and a 160GB external hard drive to achieve this. At this stage all I need to do is transfer the footage and burn to dvd, I do not want to mess around with any editing at all. So far I have managed to capture footage onto the laptop by 'Passing through' the new Sony camcorder (via firewire) resulting in an .avi digital file. This is where I am having difficulties and I really hope someone can point me in the right direction please. What do I need to do now to burn this footage to dvd in the best possible quality without it taking hours to do? Is this possible? I have tried exporting the file as an .avi to the hard disc but 45mins of captured video would take about 3 hours to save to disc. I have also tried to burn the same 45mins of footage directly in U-lead Studio 8 (trial version) but again it seems as though it is going to take about 3hours to burn. Is this right? Could somebody kindly tell me where I am going wrong, and the quickest and simplist way of doing this please. The programs I have are: Windows MovieMaker, U-lead Studio, Adobe Premiere (free version) and Nero 6 for burning. Any help greatly received!!! Thanks to all and a great forum.