I just started getting into all this and am swimming in the deep end of possibilities. I need some advice as to how focus my efforts. To start with, I am running Windows XP. I have Windows Movie Maker 2, Pinnacle Studio 9, and Nero 6 to work with (though each has unique issues). I got a Dazzle DVC 80 USB capture device for christmas which I connect my plain jane camcorder (tapes, not digital) to. My goal is to capture the videos at the best quality possible and to edit the videos in with digital pictures and mp3's to make a home grown DVD documentary. Using Pinnacle Studio 9 (PS9), I capture the video from the DVC 80 and make my movies. I then render them to the hard drive and use Nero Burn to create the disk. It seems okay, but you can see some pixalation in the video. I tried using Nero to capture the video at a DVD quality (or SVCD) quality resolution, but it drops more frames and get's jerky. I've accepted that the DVC 80 only has limited throughput, which leads me to my question. How can I use what throughput I have to "maximize" video capture quality (ultimately to make a DVD-Video)? Can I use something like Virtual Dub or DVIO instead? Additionally, I would like to move from Pinnacle to Nero, but the Nero Vision Express 3 crashes when working with AVI files. It puts the AVI into the time line as audio, but no picutre. Defect? Anyways, I was reading the Pinnacle MPEG encoder is junk, so what can I do as a work around? I may be getting MySonic soon too to try that, though this is getting really expensive. Thanks for taking the time to read all this and any suggestings will be hugely appreciated! Thanks! P.S. Yes, I have everything upgraded. DVC80 drivers, Pinnacle Studio 8 and Nero as of yesterday (12/29/2004).