The card checks out good. As long as that DV aspect isn't giving you any hardware conflicts, you're good to go. The P4 and RAM sounds fine.
Womble MPEG VCR only opens MPEG files. The Womble MPEG Video Wizard is the same. MPEG only, won't open AVI.
S-Video in and of itself, is no better than composite. In fact, it can be WORSE, yes WORSE, than the s-video on certain stubborn source tapes. The first time I saw this anomaly a year or more ago, my jaw hit the floor. Not often, but it can happen.
If you are using VHS as the source, 720x480 is a huge overkill on resolution. But it's your preference on what you want to do here. I did a movie at 720x480 today myself, mainly because the disc would only be for that one movie. Just an observation.
What kind of JVC VCR are we talking about here? Model number.
Running the signal through a video camera won't necessarily do anything unless special processor filters are in the camera, which is not really all that common. TBC's and other filters only normally work when the tape is played from inside the camera. And not in what's called "passthrough" mode. I'm not familiar with all cameras, so you'd have to check your manual for such info.
The 320x240 is a big red stop sign. I'd avoid any method that did that much damage to the video quality. You'd want 352x480 interlaced video at a minimum.
The Sony format may just be MPEG-1, which Windows natively opens (which alloewd Adobe to open it too), and again Womble opens all MPEG files.
Before I forget, Adobe Premiere 6.0 is a huge headache If you can update or upgrade to 6.5, I'd HIGHLY suggest it. That was a very buggy version that was out for less than a year, the 6.0.
Capturing in Premiere will work, congrats on getting Premiere (and 6.0 most of all) for cooperating with the ATI card. Normally not easy to do. However, you captured AVI of some sort (you didn't share the settings or codec info). Womble will not open AVI.
An AVI is a large uncompressed file, or uses a codec for another compression algorithm. It will be big, and must first be encoded to MPEG for a DVD.
As far as Nero 6 is concered, Nero is burning software. ALl these extra fancy things in recent versions don't work real well, and are pretty much an afterthought to make the program seem better than it is. If it is possible, consider using dedicated authoring software (TMPGEnc DVD Author is easy to use, and cost like $50 or so from www.pegasys-inc.com
). Nero 6 may try to always re-encode you file to its own spec, and always take huge amounts of time to do so. I'm not overly familiar with the non-burning aspects of the software, all my tests some months back earned it an "Uninstall Award".
Perfect world for you would be to use ATI MMC (free ATI software for ATI cards from www.ati.com
) and then follow my guides on www.digitalFAQ.com
for capturing ATI MPEG. After capturing, run it through Womble to edit and QUICKLY (like a few minutes quickly) save. Then author with easy software, TMPGEnc DVD Author if you can, or try to muddle through Nero 6 (the Nero HELP files in the software and documents are www.ahead.de
are normally decent, at least enough to get you pointed in the right direction using Nero).
The catch is asking about using an MPEG in Adobe Premiere. My system is an anomaly because I have the LSX Encoder installed, and it is what allows me to open MPEG files in Premiere. Anyway, MPEG is not a good format to heavily edit (light Womble editing is fine), so capturing AVI in Premiere (and doing editing or whatever else you need to do, add effects, etc) and then exporting to a MPEG (a feature found on in Premiere 6.5 or higher) would be great. And then you could use the Premiere-exported file (now an MPEG) in Womble. Then feed those MPEGs to an authoring package to make the menus and create the DVD.
Have I covered it all?
I tend to go fast and straight to the point, so if something was confusing, ask for clarification.