From a DVD recorder recording to the computer hard drive ?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    If I made a recording from my DV camera using a DVD recorder then I
    put the DVD+R disk into the computer's DVD drive to rip the recording
    to my hard drive, would there be any loss in quality if I edited the
    video then wrote it back to DVD?

    There are limited editing on DVD recorders so it would be useful to
    edit a video on the computer.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Nov 24, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    There will most definitely be a quality loss. Camcorder video (miniDV) is
    already compressed at 5:1. When you burn it to a DVD, it's further
    compressed (anywhere from another 5:1 or more). Than, after you rip it back
    to your hard drive, edit and re-burn, you'll be compressing it again. You
    won't be happy with the final result :-(
    Do yourself a huge favour and invest in a firewire card & cable. Prices in
    your part of the world should be comparable to up here in Canada which means
    in the $50 range. You'll be much happier with the finished product.

    Mike Kujbida, Nov 24, 2004
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    The kind of "editing" that you will want to do to your
    DV Camera's footage (or should that be ? video?) ,
    will have to be done in a low compression format, as
    Mike suggests.

    If you were able to remain in DVD compliant MPEG
    the whole time, then there would be no noticeable loss.
    If you were just cutting out commercials and Authoring
    a new "edited" DVD, there would be no problem. I
    would use DVD+RW disks for the transfer though.

    Ken Maltby, Nov 24, 2004
  4. I don't think you can "rip" the recording to your hard drive and then
    edit it. The way you copy a DVD to your hard drive is to make a copy of
    the Video TS folder. This is not an editable commodity.

    What everyone is trying to tell you is that is not how you want to edit
    your videos anyway. What you normally do is capture the video to your
    hard drive via firewire, then edit in some editing program such as
    Premiere, then make a DVD from that, with menus, chapters, and
    everything, as desired. For that you need a DVD authoring program such
    as Encore or DVDit or DVD Workshop or a number of others. Just get into
    it, and it will become easier as you go.

    Gary Eickmeier
    Gary Eickmeier, Nov 24, 2004
  5. I would be tat there would be significant loss of quality. DVDs use
    much more compression than DV and recording to DVD, ripping,
    converting to something editable, and then compressing back to
    DVD may make unwatchable hash out of your video.
    *Not Recommended!*
    The conventional process is to transfer from DV camera to
    computer, edit, and THEN write to DVD. There are very very
    good reasons why most of us use that sequence.
    Richard Crowley, Nov 24, 2004
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    Brian Guest

    Thanks Gary and others for your reply.
    On the DVD recorder I can dub from the DVD disk to the recorders hard
    drive with no loss in video quality, so I wad wondering why I can't do
    the same with my computer?

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Nov 25, 2004
  7. You take a significant quality hit the moment you encode
    for DVD. You can't recover that through any amount of
    trickery involving a computer (or not).
    Richard Crowley, Nov 25, 2004
  8. Yes.

    If you want to edit the video, dump it to the hard drive via the
    Firewire connection on your DV camera, edit it, THEN encode the video
    to MPEG and burn it to disc.
    Neil Nadelman, Nov 25, 2004
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