I read the threads on transferring video from HDV (e.g. from miniDV tapes recorded by my Canon HV20) to computer to Hi-Def DVDs (BluRay). In my case, I want to do this without ANY editing or modification of the tape; however, I want to get the least loss of image quality when it's writtent to a BluRay DVD. I need to buy a new computer and, therefore, hardware and software recs would be greatly appreciated -- again, assuming NO editing and a desire to create (least) loss-less BluRay DVDs.
1. Connect Canon HV20 to computer via Firewire - what's the requirements for the non-MAC computer -- which OS is best (XP, Vista)? Is Intel Core 2 Duoprocessor sufficient? How much RAM do I need? Do I need to consider the graphic card and how much memory it has (again, assuming no editing)
2. Use capture software to capture the HDV video from my Canon -- which product should I use (again, no editing is going to be done)? And what format does it save the video as?
3. Use DVD burn software to burn the saved file onto a BluRay burner. Which burn software should I use? I don't want to author the Hi-Def DVD and I want least loss of quality (is there a loss of quality going from the format that it was captured as to the BluRay format?). I also want the BluRay DVD to be played in different stand-alone BluRay players.
4. Which BluRay burner is best? Panasonic SW-5582?
5. If I wanted to save the captured video (the video captured from my Canon HV20 to my computer) in its captured format (and not the format that it's put into when it's burned onto a BluRay DVD), can I just save it onto any non-Hi-def DVD or CD (as long as it fits) because it's just a data file, right?
As an aside, I think I will create a second copy of my tape using the computer and putting it back onto a different tape -- in this way, I can have the master copy used only once or twice and use the other one to avoid deterioration of the original...