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the quality of my Mini Dv camera is all dark and kinda off color

any way of improving the quality of the Dv video without paying 1000's of dollars to buy a HD camera?
    
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Clean the heads in your camera.

You can also adjust hue, saturation and contrast with many video editors...
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What camera are you using?
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its a brand new samsung sc-d363 Mini Dv camcorder

and i here firewire is best for dv video but idk if my computer will support a pci to firewire add on card but my friend said it might not so idk

my pc is a hp pavilion 513c
    
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Firewire is the only way to transfire Mini-DV footage to computer.

You must familiarize yourself with the miniDV cam's settings. However, do not expect miracles from MiniDV as it's limited to it's own compression standard.

Ways to get great footage out of your miniDV camera would be to:

Shoot in well lit areas. Daylight, etc.

Learn the camera's settings themselves. Does your camera allow for shutter adjustment? Gain? Can you turn off image processing like "Sharpness" and all of that other stuff? Disabling overProcessing settings can improve your footage.

Are you using the best tapes you can find? Sony tends to put out the best quality miniDv tapes so that's something to keep in mind.

There are also other Camcorders that you can invest in around the 900 - 1200 dollar range if you ever plan on upgrading. Canon and Sony are currently the best image for dollar.
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well i am using usb and i don't think its dv quality...

so i wanna upgrade the connection to firewire but idk if my pc will support it

because firewire is the standard connection but like i said idk if my mobo will support it
    
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Are you using the best tapes you can find? Sony tends to put out the best quality miniDv tapes so that's something to keep in mind.
If the problems with the picture isn't artifacts (kinda looks like satellite TV when it's losing signal), it's not the tape quality causing problems.
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Originally Posted by KloroFormd View Post
If the problems with the picture isn't artifacts (kinda looks like satellite TV when it's losing signal), it's not the tape quality causing problems.
The statements made in my previous posts are overall guidelines to achieving optimal MiniDV image quality with consumer oriented MiniDV cameras.
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i kinda think its the connection from the camera to the pc

does a pci to firewire card work on every pc with a pci bus slot open?
    
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Also forgot to ask: What NLE are you using? What are viewing the footage on?

NLE = Non-Linear Editor or Editing Program.

Can you post up a still image of your footage? Please, keep in mind that MiniDV isn't the best image quality. If you're expecting amazing results you might have to re-evaluate your purchase.

There are mini-DV cameras, Such as Panasonic's masterpiece the DVX-100A\\B , that produce broadcast worthy Standard Definition images... but, it comes at a premium. It allows you to manipulate all sorts of things to give a better image.

Consumer grade cameras often limit the user to a point-and-shoot platform, which doesn't result in the best picture unless you explore the camera's settings and optimize for your delivery target. I.E DVD, web, etc.

A firewire connection, if bad, will cause distortion in your footage. It will not make it darker or muddy.
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