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Chapter 7. Direct-to-DVD Recording > Connecting to the Source

Connecting to the Source

In videospeak, a source (or, as MyDVD calls it, a video device) is any piece of hardware that can send one of two types of signals to your computer:

  1. A digital video signal, using a FireWire (or IEEE-1394) connection to your computer. This is the method you'll use to connect a DV camera to your PC. This type of connection is pure joy: It's plug-and-play (meaning that your PC automatically detects that you've connected your DV camcorder), and you don't have to reboot after you plug in the FireWire cable.

  2. An analog video signal, using a DirectShow-compatible video capture device. You'll need this hardware if you want to connect a VCR, VHS camcorder, or TV (with Video Out) to your PC.


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