There has got to be a better way to copy home movies off the video camera. ----------------------------------- System Info: Me – not particularly bright and fairly computer illiterate… I only know enough to be dangerous. Computer: Dell 8300, P4 at 2.8GHz with HT Technology (whatever that means) 120 Gig hhd space (split on 2 hard drives) Plexor 708A DVD burner Software: Dell Movie Studio Plus Roxie DVD Builder (part of Roxie CD and DVD Creator 6) Added Assessories: some kind of Dell Adapter, RCA Audio/Video / S-Video cable ------------------------------------ Here’s what I did: I hooked up my Sony digital 8 video camera using the S-video cable to the Dell Adapter and made a DVD of a home movie tape using the Roxio DVD Builder. It took about 2 hours and I got a nice 2 hour tape of awesome video that had NO SOUND. Where there was some sound but it was mostly buzz and pops. Urrggggh. I checked the Roxio web forum and discovered others had the same problem, but no one listed any solutions. A download patch still wouldn't apparently fix the problem. There were no apparent fixes to this problem on Roxie – so this format looks like a waste of effort. So I searched the hard drive and found that I also have Roxio VideoWave Movie Creator - you can use it to transfer home movies to DVD's. So, I started downloading video into the program, but this time using the RCA Audio/Video cables from the camera to the Dell Adapter. That took almost 2 hours to copy 2 video tapes to the hard drive. It was from last year’s vacation and I wanted to make one nice DVD package. I then told the software to create the DVD. Because of a second video tape I had two video segments to burn. During the set up, I told the movie maker to make a Best Quality DVD. That was probably a mistake because each video segment was going to fill a full DVD disc. In fact, one segment was 104% of the available disc. So anyway the computer starts encoding the video - over an hour goes by. Next it encodes the audio - another hour. (or I think that’s what it was doing) Then it starts burning the DVD. I swear, it took me from 9:30am until around 4:30pm to burn 2 digital 8 tapes onto 2 DVD’s. I've got great sound and the video quality is exceptional. I'm not disappointed in the DVD quality - but I'm bugged it took me all day to do this. So .... is this the way it’s going to be? An all day affair to make a simple DVD of about 2 hours of video? Except for using the “Best Quality” which I think was the reason for the massive file size – about 20gigs, did I do something wrong (like having only 2 movie segments and not breaking the movie down into smaller chapter sizes – which I would have had to have done manually with this software). Is there a better more efficient way of doing this? Am I lucky I made a home dvd movie on my second attempt? I’ve seen ya’ll recommend Nero a good bit. We’ve got the Roxie program that seems to work pretty well with everything else we want to do --- I’ve seen ya’ll say that Roxie and Nero are incompatible. What do ya’ll recommend. Thanks and sorry for the long post and busting the rules.