Not HD (Thank G*D)
My HandyCam isn't that modern.
It's a Hi-8/Dig8 cam that records to tape.
The video quality is generally pretty good, but definitely NOT HD.
I've done some test runs, and it comes through fairly well, but it just doesn't look as crisp and clear as it does if I play it directly into my set-top DVD burner (a Samsung) and make a burn that way.
Just wondering if the process (as-is into the computer) is losing frames, or image clarity due to either the video card or the processor. Depending on the answer, I may change my upgrade plan.
Appreciate your thoughts Crimson, but to be clear: does the video card help/process/handle the incoming raw video as it travels in through the USB and is captured into a file?