I am new to all of this so please be patient. I have searched the site but did not find a clear answer to this. I have been trying to get the video from the camera to the pc via firewire. I have captured the video using Windows Movie maker and got very poor quality with a normal file size. I then captured it using Ulead videostudio 4.0 SE basic. With Ulead I got excelent quality but the file size was enormous. An 8 minute video was 1.6GB. Is there a way to get better video with out the huge file size . Even if I compress after it is captured (I don't even know if that is possible), I would still run out of hard drive before I could capture a 1 hour tape. The captured file name says it is a AVI but its properties says " file type " is "video clip". Is there a better program I could use or is it a simple problem and I am just stupid? Thanks in advance. I am using a panasonic PV-DC252d.