Happy Friday everyone! For all the new subscribers to the
newsletter, I welcome you! As the summer is coming to an end
soon, I'm sure many of you have a lot of summer vacation
video footage on your camcorders, and you just can't wait to
transfer it to a PC and edit it to share with your friends
and family. Some of you already may be seasoned veterans at
this, but there is probably an equal number of folks who are
just starting out. So, if you're new to this task as Alex is,
check out this week's discussion!
Our members have shared a lot of great recommendations and
experience with us. They start with the basic requirements
(such as having a large hard drive and which input
connection--using FireWire or USB--to use), and extend it to
a ton of recommendations for video editing software. I have
started out in the Q&A section with a few highlighted answers
by our members, but like always give all the advice from our
members a read. There are a myriad of ways to accomplish
these tasks, but once you've done some reading, I think
you'll have a pretty decent understanding of what is required
to get yourself started. If you have questions, I recommend
that we all take this opportunity to use the discussion
thread to learn from one another. So, Alex and all, swing by
and ask more! For those seasoned veterans on this week's
topic, join in and share your expertise and methods on the ways you do things. Many of us--including myself--are always
looking to get an edge on making the best home videos for all
our family and friends to enjoy! Have a great weekend and
thank you all for your participation!
Hi. I have a desktop, which is more than six years old,
running Windows XP Professional with the latest service
packs. I also have a six-month-old laptop running Vista Home
Premium, with 2GB RAM and a 200GB HD. I know the laptop is
the better choice for this, but I am still fumbling on how to
get this done.
Having taken a lot of hours of movies with my MiniDV Sony
camera, I need to do two things. First, transfer the footage
to DVDs. The laptop has a DVD burner built-in, so that makes
it the better choice, again. And second, once I have
transferred the footage, I will want to edit it.
How can I make the transfer as easy as possible first, to the
laptop's hard drive, then burning the movies to DVDs? I am
guessing that DVD-RW is the best medium, so that I can move
things back and forth while I edit and refine the movies I
have taken. Can you suggest the best ways to do these tasks?
Move the movies from the MiniDV to the Laptop's HD, and then
edit the movies. Thank you all, very much.
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Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Many times people mention that to speed up your computer's overall speed--including Windows start-up, and shut down--is to eliminate unnecessary programs from running in the background. Is this true? I have never truly understood whether controlling the programs linked to your start menu is the answer, and I don't seem able to successfully link the ones I want to open on start-up and unlink the others. Please help me understand, as I'm not at all familiar with this. What is the exact process that I need to take to stop the unnecessary programs from starting up and running in the background? Please explain in detail a way in which I can do this safely and successfully. I'm running Windows XP. Thanks a big bunch!
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