There's not really a subforum for general 'workflow' so here goes..
I notice a lot of people use DGIndex. I don't know it. I read the documentation and I don't get it, what does it do that's handy?
If I don't capture directly into the NLE, I work like this:
HDVSplit or NLE -> capture.m2t (1:1)
HDTVtoMPEG2 -> capture.mpg (1:1)
AviSynth -> frameserve.avs (1:1)
VirtualDub -> dv.avi, huffy.avi (lossy/1:##)
Now usually I only do the first two steps since 25p out of the camera is perfect. However, I like to convert to true 25p files (not 50i), and store back without transcoding into MPEG or AVI. Is that what DGIndex is good for?