DVD-RAM drive - Help/Advice required

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by RW, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. RW

    RW Guest

    I currently do my video editing as follows:

    1) Import raw footage into my PC from my Mini-DV Digital camcorder (via
    firewire capture card)

    2) Edit raw footage using Pinnacle Studio

    3) Export finished movie as an MPEG file to my hard drive

    4) Play finished movie via S-VIDEO through the TV-OUT on my graphics card to
    my Panasonic DMR-E50 DVD-RAM video recorder

    I am sure there must be a better way of doing things...

    a) Can I write the finished movies direct to a DVD-RAM drive on my PC?

    b) What file format should I use?

    c) Which make/model of DVD-RAM drive is best?

    d) Will the discs play back OK on my Panasonic DMR-E50 DVD-RAM video

    Many thanks

    RW, Sep 11, 2005
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  2. RW

    marks542004 Guest

    If doing it as a standard DVD the format is fixed and your DVD
    compilation software will deal with it.
    You pay your money and take your pick.
    If it plays commercial DVD then Yes
    look at www.videohelp.com
    marks542004, Sep 11, 2005
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  3. There is a program from panasonic called 'dvd-moviealbum se' which
    allows you to write mpeg files to a dvd-ram cartridge in correct
    format for playback in panasonic dvd-ram standalone units.

    I use it to edit programs i record offair , edit dvd-ram on pc and
    then copy back to hard-drive in my panasonic eh50 dvd-ram unit.

    my dvd-ram drives are all panasonic , which take the ram in

    both purchased off ebay.


    one internal , the other in a 5 1/4" firewire external case.
    Gary MacKenzie, Sep 11, 2005
  4. If you have the ability to export the video to MPEG-2 files from your
    Pinnacle software you also have the ability to create a DVD which will
    playback on your DVD-RAM recorder. The Panasonic unit will handle most
    common formats of DVD discs for playback. There is no particular reason for
    the use of DVD-RAM discs except for when doing actual recording with the
    Panasonic unit proper.

    Read your Panasonic manual. It describes the DVD disc formats it can
    playback. If you can playback a production DVD purchased at the local outlet
    it should playback one created in your computer.

    Production DVD's have a folder structure of VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS. Discs
    recorded with the Panasonic unit will included a folder called VIDEO_VR and
    some Panasonic units include the folder VIDEO_RM. These are folders
    recognized by the units themselves to identify the disc recorded by that

    If you create a normal DVD with VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS playback is likely to
    occur on nearly any player or recorder unit. The only time you would need to
    stick to the DVD-RAM disc would be in the situation where the Panasonic
    manual stated "This unit will ONLY use DVD-RAM discs for playback and
    recording. No other disc formats are recognized".

    If you are bringing in the video from the camcorder through the firewire
    from as full resolution DV video, why not output the full resolution video
    back out of the firewire to the front DV 1394 input of the Panasonic unit in
    realtime? It a simply choice of input selection using the channel +/- button
    until you reach the proper input (1394).

    You are wasting time by not reading the manuals of your recorder unit and
    noting available options.
    Innocent Bystander, Sep 11, 2005
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