I just captured about 50 8mm tapes (Pretty sure they're originally Hi8 but used a Hi8/Digital 8 camera for capture) via firewire. It all captured fine with the following settings:
Final Cut Pro 6.0.5
-Sequence Preset: DV NTSC 48kHz
-Capture Preset: DV NTSC 48kHz
-Device Control Preset: Non-Controllable Device
13.3" MacBook Pro (Dec 2009)
-4GB GSkill Ram
-320GB Seagate 7200rpm 16MB Cache HDD
-Firewire 800 1TB Western Digital My Book Studio
-Old Sony Handicam with Firewire output
I need my final product to be viewable on PCs as well, preferably without need to install additional codecs.
I've cut test videos roughly 6min long without touching the export settings and the file size is several hundred megabytes to about a gig. However, with Quicktime (Snow Leopard) I can convert it to 480p and it drastically cuts the file size down to less than 100MB.
I have a 13.3 MBP and play the original setting cut vs. the 480p conversion side by side and they look almost identical but for some reason the 480p version looks darker in a good way.
-What settings are you guys using in this instance?
-Is the 480p setting different from the large original file? In what ways?