I have a large library of miniDV tapes (likely 40+) that were shot using a Sony DCR-TRV20 camcorder. I would like to digitize these tapes and store them on DVDs using the highest quality option possible (which I assume means using the camera's DV in/out port). I have misplaced the DV cable that came with the camera.
I want to process and edit these videos on a new custom-built PC with the following key specs:
CPU - Intel Core i7-3770K
RAM - 16GB DDR3 1600
HDD - Two WD Caviar Black 1.5TB drives for data storage and a Crucial 128GB SATA III SSD for the OS and digital processing
Video Card - EVGA 01G-P3-1361-KR GeForce GTX 460
OS - Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
I would be using PowerDirector 10 to capture and edit the video
1. What is the best way to transfer the tapes to the PC?
2. Am I better off plugging the camera into the Video Card or the motherboard? The PC has USB 3.0 and eSATA ports. The graphics card has a mini-HDMI and two DVI ports.
3. The PC does not have a Firewire port, but I could purchase a Firewire PCI card or pull a 5 year old Firewire PCI card from another computer.
In your answer, please include recommended cables. If you suggest Firewire, would a new card be faster? I have no problem paying for a new card if it will make this go faster. I prefer to purchase from NewEgg, if possible.
PS. Link to camcorder manual: