I've just returned from holiday and want to transfer my DV camcorder images onto DVD.The software that came with my Sony DV camcorder is useless.(Image Mixer 1.5). Can anybody recommend a good but cheap piece of software that can give equal quality as the tape.
You'll need an IEE1394 Firewire input first. If you have that, then most Editing Suites will do what you want - Videosuite is easy, personally I use Editstudio for its' flexibility.
There should be no loss of quality from a digital tape to a DVD - that's the beauty of digital. It's only when you are outputting to an analogue devise (such as a VHS video etc), or compressing data to fit a VCD or other media, that loss enters the process.
Seeing LAP's post which arrived just before mine - yes he's right. You do need a reasonably powerful computer (and lots of time) to do this. Video processing is just about one of the most arduous tasks that you can give a PC.