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A few years ago, I had a copy of Roxio DVD Builder version 6 that I used to transfer videos from my Mini-DV camcorder to my computer. That version of DVD Builder would create multiple avi files - one for every time I stopped/started the camera.

I stopped using that camcorder for a while but now have a new one and I find that the newer versions of Roxio I have and Windows Movie Maker all want to transfer my video as one big avi file (~15GB). Internally, I can access individual clips, but the only way I can find to break the big avi file into small ones is to go one by one through the clips and save them. With 60-odd clips per tape, that's too much work.

So I'm wondering if there is any Windows software that behaves the way my old Roxio v6 did - i.e. that transfers the videos as individual avis.

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I forget where I found the link to it, I went with WinDV. It's small and works, it will automatically name each avi with a serial number. It seems to drop frames a bit more than I remember Roxio do, but these are jerky home movies anyway, so that doesn't bother me.

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Sony Vegas' capture software can do this. However, this might not be an option because of its price.

Much better alternatives are discussed in this thread. Their advice is AVCutty and DVdate. Another software capable of splitting your video is Exsate DV Capture Live .

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Adobe Premiere Elements will do the trick aswell.

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I've been using ScenalyzerLive for years to do this. Hasn't been updated in a while, but works well, naming captured clips as they come in based on date/time, etc. Costs $35.

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