Digital camcorders, as their name implies, produce all-digital video, so you can load the video footage directly into your PC, edit it, and rerecord the finished product back into the camcorder with no loss of quality. Conventional camcorders produce analog video that must be converted to digital for PC use (with the help of an analog capture card), then converted back to analog to produce a finished tape. Each conversion results in a slight loss of quality.
To load video from your digital camcorder into your PC, you need an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) capture card - an ultra-high-speed serial interface. These cards are widely available, both as standalones and bundled with video editing software.
Here's how to install an IEEE 1394 card in your PC, including instructions on how to configure your PC and hook up the parts of a digital editing setup.before you beginbasic steps