Happy Friday! Before we touch on Irwin's question about software for burning camcorder video to DVDs for preservation and sharing, I wanted to first apologize to you for not sending out a newsletter last week. The unfortunate news is my father suffered a heart attack, but the good news is he is doing much better, thanks to God and the miracle of modern medicine. This whole frightening experience served as a great reminder again to never take anything or anyone for granted. Most of us live in a world that's chaotic and fast-paced, and as time flies, we forget to slow down a bit and appreciate all the things we have and the people who surround us. So for me, this Christmas is a celebration of all the gifts I've been given, such as life, family, friendship, and love, and also being appreciative of all things that make me who I am today. Thanks for listening. Now let's tackle Irwin's question.
First Irwin, a big congrats to you on becoming a grandpa! It must be an exciting time, and I too one day look forward to that moment. Well, Irwin, our members have come through in a huge way with a bunch of advice and recommended software ranging from free utilities to paid ones in order for you to successfully burn your camcorder videos to DVDs for preservation and distribution. Numerous titles were recommended, but the most noted titles were Pinnacle Studio, Nero, Roxio Creator, Adobe Premiere, and Corel VideoStudio. However, many of our members also pointed out that since you are running Windows Vista now, it comes preinstalled with Windows Movie Maker as a stock program that gives you all the features you are looking for, and then some. It comes highly recommended so you may not have to look far.
Irwin and others out there who are taking on the tasks of making new movies and memories of loved ones, I hope our members' recommendations will give you a good head start on your journey. But as a important reminder to help save these precious memories, please remember to back them up and not with just with one copy, but multiple copies. I have selected a few member answers in the Q&A section for starters, so enjoy! And as always, I thank each and every one of you for your contributions.
There will be no Community newsletter until after the New Year as I'll be taking some time off to be merry and festive. I wish you all a safe and an incredibly happy holidays. I hope it is filled with love and joy--from my family to yours! See you all next year! Take care.
Need software for burning camcorder videos to DVDs for preservation and distribution
With the arrival of my first grandchild, I bought my son and
daughter-in-law a Canon HD camcorder. The camcorder is
terrific, the bundled software--Pixela--is not. My
first priority is to burn downloaded (to a PC running Windows
Vista) videos to a DVD for preservation purposes as well as
availability to family and friends. Pixela wants me to
uninstall any software that has a DVD burning function before
Pixela can work. That's a tall order considering how many
software packages contain that function. I am not confident
that once that's done the Pixela software will work as
promised. So, what I'm looking for are alternative software
suggestions to meet my goal of burning videos to DVDs for
preservation and distribution. Please include title of
software, what makes it great (features), the ease of use,
any draw backs, and/or anything that you can think of that
makes your software recommendation worthwhile. Thank you for
-- Submitted by:
Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Video card performance deteriorated in a short period of time, please help! Several months ago I installed an ATI Radeon Sapphire HD3850 AGP graphics card in my aging Windows XP machine to give it more gaming oomph. The card features 512MB of DDR3. The performance improved immediately. I was able to play Bioshock and Call of Duty 4 at 1,440x900 pixel resolution without a hiccup. The graphics were smooth with no lag or jerkiness.
Suddenly, now the games don't run well at all. The motion is choppy and the response to mouse or keyboard commands lags.
I tried adjusting the game settings to lower resolution and shutting off some of the shadowing etc., but the problem persists. I am running an Intel P4 3.0 Ghz processor with 3 gigs of ram. The video driver is up to date. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm tired of pulling out my hair on this. (I have very little left anyway :). Thank you in advance for your attention and consideration.
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