Originally Posted by sanlyn
Yes. 4:2:2 chroma resolution from analog tape will be will be downsampled to 4:2:0 for DV-AVI, no matter how you do it. You will also see DV compression noise.
I don't wish to convert the footage to DV-AVI, as I want to capture from s-video, but perhaps I don't have a choice with Digital8 cameras?
If I understand you correctly, then Digital8 camcorders do not directly feed their analog s-video output with analog Hi8 footage directly from tape. Instead, all analog PAL video played by a Digital 8 camera would go through the following conversion before being sent to the s-video out port:
4:2:2 analog recording on tape -> digital capture -> converted to DV-AVI (with 4:2:0 subsampling and DV compression artifacts) -> converted back to analog -> s-video out