One of the things I’m looking forward to about having a new computer that runs Windows XP and has some reasonable graphical horsepower is that I’ll be able to screw around with Windows Movie Maker. We took a bunch of video when we were in Hawaii getting married, and I’d like to play around a bit with some editing. WMM is convenient because it ships with the OS.
One of the problems I have, though, is that my camera (like all video cameras, I believe) only downloads video via FireWire. And the only IEEE 1394 port in the house is on my laptop, which runs Windows Server 2003, which doesn’t support WMM. After a bit of poking around, I found DVIO. It lets me stream video out of my camera to my laptop, where I can save it off to one of the machines where I can do some editing. It’s free and it seems to work. About the only issue I’ve seen with it is that it crashes when I stop streaming, but that doesn’t seem to affect the file.
I’m a complete newbie when it comes to video, so if anyone has any advice, I’d love it if you left a comment.