Finally some good news about Vista. After the disappointment of not being able to USB Stream by HandyCam in the Vista laptop. I picked myself up, got a Firewire/iLink cable and had a go with that.

I have to say, it couldn’t have been much more impressive. Plugged-it in, turned it on, detected the drivers and a very smart wizard took over.

I had a few choices of what to use to do the importing so I tried the new to Vista Import Video Wizard. I chose the options I wanted, starting with the simple burn all the tape to DVD and output as AVI.

Popped in a blank DVD and away it went. A couple of hours or so (I should have timed it) I had a DVD and a 12GB AVI. I was quite pleased with this but it wasn’t until I played the DVD that I got the best surprise.

The DVD was automatically produced with a title screen and scene selection which worked really well. The quality was great too.

I’m doing a new tape now as I type which, if nothing else, shows that the Core Duo processor is doing something right.