dropped frames during video capture

While transfering digital video onto the hard (I have an external drive for video only) I notice some dropped frames if I record the same again no frames are dropped my dv capture card is afirewire 400 dv pci would the new 8oo dv pci help my computer is a Mesh 1800 3 years old running xp home all suggestion welcome

  john-232317 11:00 27 Jan 05

Just a few causes....it may help you.

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  VideoSentry 11:01 27 Jan 05

Is the external HDD nearly full? and is it defragged? Both of those have caused errors for Me in the past.

  scotty 11:26 27 Jan 05

Switch off all unnecessary background tasks while transfering video. Anti-virus and firewall software are the obvious background programs but I would also try disconnecting from a network.

I closed all programes disconnected broad band and closed zone alarm and out of 56500 frames I lost just 6 would this be acceptable or should there be no lost frames

  stlucia 16:15 27 Jan 05

My system (Pinnacle DV, Win 98SE, Athlon 600, and 256Mb RAM) always drops one frame at the beginning of a capture, irrespective of how long the session is.

On the face of it, 6 dropped frames out of 56,500 sounds acceptable. If they're not all together you won't notice them, so don't worry about it if there's no other problems.

  scotty 18:09 27 Jan 05

The problem is not the firewire card. The standard firewire card is fast enough for the transfer of video. I have a 1GHz Athlon and have only experienced dropped frames on occassions where the tape was kinked. Normally I don't get any.

To start with I could not successfully transfer video and I implemented some of the tweaks as recommended click here and have had no problems since.

  Baz48 21:13 27 Jan 05

As well as switching everything of as advised above, I also switched of the preview screen which shows the video that is being transfered. This cured it for me.

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