Direct DVD Recording from HDD Camcorder (No Computer)

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Martin, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Martin

    Martin Guest

    Do the HDD camcorders which advertise "direct to DVD" burning require
    a "special" DVD drive, or can they be used with a standard external
    USB drive such as the Plextor PX-712? I'm considering the JVC Everio
    line in particular.

    thanks,

    Martin
     
    Martin, Mar 19, 2007
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    Rick Merrill Guest


    i've used a number of DVD camcorders. I like them a lot because you can
    do 'transitions' on the fly with no "post".

    Most of those cameras have an AV input that you can drive, and from
    which you can record TO DVD.
     
    Rick Merrill, Mar 19, 2007
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  3. Martin

    Martin Guest

    Rick,

    You misunderstood, I'm not talking about a DVD camcorder. The JVC
    Everio line are camcorders which record MPEG-2 files directly to an
    internal hard drive.

    They also claim that, by connecting the camcorder directly to a
    standalone USB-interface DVD burner, you can burn video DVDs, complete
    with basic menus, directly from the camcorder without involving a
    computer. In other words, it appears that any necessary burning
    software is built into the camcorder.

    That's my question, for anyone who has firsthand experience with the
    Everio HDD camcorders - can you burn DVDs directly from the camcorder
    to a generic external burner, or must you buy a "special" compatible
    burner from JVC?

    Martin
     
    Martin, Mar 20, 2007
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  4. Don't know where you are coming from on this one? I recently bought a Everio
    GZ-MG36E/EK but have been too busy to do much with it yet. I just now
    scanned through the manual and I see no mention of any other function for
    external direct DVD burning to an external unit other than the usual dubbing
    function. There is an internal function to make, "Playlists", within the
    camcorder that will dub the recorded stuff in a resettable order but I see
    no function to output menus.
    --

    Robert Peffers,
    Kelty,
    Fife,
    Scotland, (UK).
     
    Robert Peffers., Mar 20, 2007
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  5. Martin

    AnthonyR. Guest

    Hi Martin,
    I'm not positive but I think you need a dvd burner that can burn dvd's
    using a video input without computer, jvc makes one and sony has one, I
    believe that's what their ad meant. So the work is actually done in the
    burner, setting up basic menu's. But I could be wrong, things change so
    rapidly in products.
    AnthonyR.
    :)
     
    AnthonyR., Mar 21, 2007
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  6. Martin

    Martin Guest

    No, this doesn't use a "video" input, it's via the camera's USB 2.0
    connection. On the JVC GZ-MG155, MG255, and (I believe) the MG130
    camcorders, the claim in the owner's manual is that you have built-in
    DVD-burning capability. The diagram shows USB connection from the
    camera to an external USB DVD burner. Of course, the burner is a
    JVC. I'm wondering if "any other" brand can be used, or does the JVC
    burner have some special firmware built in.

    Martin
     
    Martin, Mar 21, 2007
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  7. Martin

    Martin Guest

    Robert,

    Your camera doesn't have the direct-to-DVD function. The only "old"
    models that do are GZ-MG27/37/57/77/505. All the 2007 models (GZ-
    MG130,155,255, and 555) have direct-to-DVD.

    Martin
     
    Martin, Mar 21, 2007
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  8. Indeed, but the new models and their specs are here :-
    http://www.jvc.co.uk/site/g_series/feat3.html
    Which states, "With an optional SHARE STATION DVD burner or with your PC,
    you can burn a full-sized DVD-Video disc at the touch of a button. Just
    press the DIRECT DVD button, and the DVD burning process starts
    automatically. It's smart so you can even use it to automatically transfer
    only newly recorded data to the burner, just the scenes you manually select,
    or pre-select using the Playlist". They show a picture with the connector
    being USB 2.00 to the. *** Optional *** Share Station.


    Indeed, but the new models and their specs are here :-
    http://www.jvc.co.uk/site/g_series/feat3.html
    Which states, "With an optional SHARE STATION DVD burner or with your *** PC
    ***, you can burn a full-sized DVD-Video disc at the touch of a button. Just
    press the DIRECT DVD button, and the DVD burning process starts
    automatically. It's smart so you can even use it to automatically transfer
    only newly recorded data to the burner, just the scenes you manually select,
    or pre-select using the Playlist". They show a picture with the connector
    being USB 2.00 to the. *** Optional *** Share Station.
    It does not mention menus - only the playlist - and that is on the old
    machines too. As I said I have had little time to check the HD machine out
    as I only bought it as a small pocket sized unit for convenience as my main
    units are a GR-PD1 and a old, but very good, GR-DX100.
    --

    Robert Peffers,
    Kelty,
    Fife,
    Scotland, (UK).
     
    Robert Peffers., Mar 21, 2007
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  9. Martin

    Martin Guest

    --
    Robert,

    The menus are described in the actual user manuals of the "new"
    camcorders, of which I have a copy for the MG155. You can control
    which files become chapters/scenes on the DVD menu. It's not in your
    manual because your camera doesn't have the feature.

    Anyway, now that we're on the same page, the question still remains:
    Assuming I buy a DVD-Direct-capable unit, would I have to buy the JVC
    "share station" DVD recorder, or is the firmware in the camera so that
    I could use "any" USB DVD burner (such as one I already own)?

    I realize you won't be able to answer because your camera doesn't
    include this functionality. I'm just repeating the question in case
    it may be seen by someone who already has used one of the new models.

    BTW, I've emailed the same question to JVC customer support, but have
    received no response.

    Martin
     
    Martin, Mar 21, 2007
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