I got Pinnacle Studio 7 SE with my new machine - it captures in DV/AVI but has various options for output including MPEG. It was only £10. Sound seems to be a bit of an issue when encoding - can you describe more precisely what the difference is? Perhaps the sample rate is decreasing or something? Stereo going to mono? Hard to say really and I couldn't claim to be any sort of expert myself... Which card is it you've got? Analogue or DV? I've got a firewire port on my soundcard now so I didn't bother with a dedicated capture card, but I'm thinking very carefully about whether I can justify another piece of kit which would really let the fun and games begin...!
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