20 Jul 2001
(updated 20 Jul 2001 at 06:21 UTC) »
Sweet! I got dvgrab
working on my box, and I successfully grabbed an hour of
digital video from my camcorder, scene by scene. I figure
that at MPEG1 compression, I can get about 2 hours of video
and audio onto a standard CDROM. That mean that I can take
all nine hours of video that I have from Melody's birth
put them all on about 4 CD-Rs. This will also be a lot
easier to burn and distribute than copying the DV to
videotape directly. Interestingly, ~1 hour of (almost raw)
audio is 11.4 GB of data. Now I know how many hard disks I
need to buy for my ultimate DV/NAS box.
I also now have a reason for 100Mbps in the house - I have
been unable to get Broadcast
2000 to run on my debian box. In the meantime I'm stuck
with a windoze box running Ulead VideoStudio 4.0 SE Basic -
basically the video editing software that came with the
Firewire card I bought. I also found that I can't use xanim
to display MPEGs made in this process. I can use realvideo
files that it generates, however. When will we get a decent
video viewer for Linux? Something that can view quicktime
and newer MPEG streams?
PCMCIA Firewire Cards
By the way, don't ever get a PCMCIA Firewire card. I got
one, and it is essentially useless for capturing video.
Lots of dropped frames, lost audio, the works. Funny, a PCI
card from the same vendor shows no such problems, even with
a Pentium Pro 200 CPU. I guess that just shows ya that PCI
is a MUCH faster bus than PCMCIA - even cardbus - even a
33MHz PCI bus.
Must get more disks for new NAS box, and must get 100BT
switch for the living room...