TPFKAS-- I have read many of these threads and have come to recognize your comments as "voice of experience-like". As such, I have spent the last two days doing the following (all in an effort to get MiniDV off of my Sony Handycam (DCR-HC30) onto my computer and into DVD format. 1) bought and installed 250G hard drive (installed as slave -- nothing to be placed on it but video -- it's sitting empty now). 2) am going to CompUSA tonight to buy Firewire card to install in PC. I looked at the ATI Wonder Video Capture, but it had no i.Link or IEEE1394 port--hmmm... (I probably don't need all of the functionality that comes with this -- tell me if you think that this approach has a downside). 3) Have already bought downloaded TMPGEnc 3.0 Xpress and TMPGEnc DVD Author 1.6. Have read good things about this suite for capture/edit/encoding. 4) I have Nero, but it's only 5.5. I've only used it for burning audio CDs. I don't know if I can use it for burning -or- if I should just get Nero 6 and be done with it--you tell me. That is really it. Let me know if there are any additional things that you can suggest. I did read a heated discussion regarding analog vs digital downloading off of the camcorder. You seem to fall out on the analog side. I'm not too technical, so I'll ask -- when using the ATI Wonder card, what is the port that you use (from both devices)-- SVIDEO? Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide input.