Originally Posted by lavieinjuste
Umm, yes, it does matter. I used my USB cable that came with my SONY camera, and it drops frames like crazy if you try to capture at 720x480 which is standard MiniDV at a 4:3 aspect ratio. If I used firewire, the only thing that would cause it to drop frames would be my dad's crappy dell laptop when I had to use it.
720x480 should be default.
Yes. I tried it and that is why I got firewire. I was in your shoes at the time. It really improves the quality too. I don't really know about color loss...
480i is 720x480 interlaced. 480p is 720x480 progressive. I capture at 480i with my camera and firewire. It looks very good, especially after rendered as an MPEG-2 at DVD quality. It gets rid of the digital look. When things move really fast, you can see the horizontal lines in the video before it is rendered.
Hate to say it, but you're wrong. Your Pentium 4 system is why it drops frames. Although video cameras generally stream over Firewire, if you can do it over USB2.0 then it's fine.
Andromeda uses USB2.0 and destroys your Consumer grade camera.
Nothing gets rid of the digital look. Digital footage will look liek digital footage until you spend upwards 4k on a Camera. Don't tell him things that aren't true.
720x480 is 16:9 480. 640 X 480 is 4:3.
Interlaced MiniDV format is 4:1:1 640x480.
Interlaced fields are comprised of half the resolution. Unless your camera can rip a 480p field from 60i, it's being produced by 320 1/3ccd's. I'll be happy to be corrected with sources, as I haven't even touched a MiniDV tape in like two years but from what I can remember... this is mini DV.