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I have been trying to download tape from my digital video camcorder to my desktop computer to create DVDs. I upgraded my memory from 256 to 512 RAM. I installed an additional 50 gig harddrive to save the downloaded video to. I installed a new DVD burner, a firewire port and purchased software to generate the DVDs. My computer has 1.7 ghz of speed and is operating on windows XP. Every time I begin to download the video from the camcorder device through the firewire port it locks up my entire computer. The most recent advice I received was to update all drivers which I did and to make sure I am closed out of all programs prior to downloading. My little project is turning into a frustrating nightmare. Please help.
 

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Check your event logs to see what is happening when the computer locks up.
Right click my computer, click manage, then expand Event Viewer. Look for errors in both Application and System.
 

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What software are you using to capture your video?
 

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I have tried multiple software including the windows software and ULEAD. I will def check the events logs. Thanks for that, any other ideas?
 

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I reccomend Pinnacle Studio, which is also really cheap right now, or atleast version 9 is because version 10 comes out in a month or so.
If you don't need to do any editing, you can find very small, low resource usage programs to capture your video, and then another really small program that converts you file into dvd's. I use a program called Cheetah DVD, it converts almost any file format to DVD. Here is a program I have not tried, http://windv.mourek.cz/ , but I found it on this list. http://webboard.pinnaclesys.com/read_messages.asp?WebboardID=1&ForumID=1111&SectionID=227&ThreadID=245982&ThreadStart=0&Pos=11&cntThread=128&lng=1 .

So take a look around and you can find some free and small capturing programs.
 

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Thank you appreciate it!

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I reccomend Pinnacle Studio, which is also really cheap right now, or atleast version 9 is because version 10 comes out in a month or so.
If you don't need to do any editing, you can find very small, low resource usage programs to capture your video, and then another really small program that converts you file into dvd's. I use a program called Cheetah DVD, it converts almost any file format to DVD. Here is a program I have not tried, http://windv.mourek.cz/ , but I found it on this list. http://webboard.pinnaclesys.com/read_messages.asp?WebboardID=1&ForumID=1111&SectionID=227&ThreadID=245982&ThreadStart=0&Pos=11&cntThread=128&lng=1 .

So take a look around and you can find some free and small capturing programs.
 

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Adobe Premier is the one i use for video. However i suggest upping to more ram if you want to do this frequently and movie lenght videos, so that you don't drop frames in the capture.
 
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