As a complete newcomer to video editing I'm attempting to convert footage from my Hi8 sony handycam tapes to my PC for editing and, eventually, conversion to dvd. I've got myself a budget range TV card (the Hauppauge WinTV GO) and have no problem saving the files as uncompressed avi's, but I need to compress these files to a reasonable size that I'll be able to open using basic video editing software. So far I have only been able to compress the file using some of the filters available through the WinTV2000 software (DivX® Hauppauge 5.1.1 Codec for the video and MainConcept Hauppauge MPEG Audio Encoder for the audio). This has worked, but the quality has been greatly reduced (384 x 288)and the video appears very blocky especially when I've filmed in nightshot. Can anyone give me any tips regarding the compression I could try and what software would be best to use.