MiniDV to DVD recorder

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by P., Mar 7, 2007.

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    P. Guest


    Commonly, would it be possible to transfer a recorded material from a miniDV
    camcorders to my Pioneer DVR-645H-S wich is equipped with hard drive?
    And if yes, would there be any quality compromises, since I would transfer
    a tape onto a hard drive?

    This recorder has a DV terminal IEEE1394.

    Thank you
    P., Mar 7, 2007
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    Trev Guest

    Methinks it will record as MPEG so some lose from the compression
    Trev, Mar 7, 2007
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    Ed Fielden Guest

    The Pioneer should happily accept DV format material via the DV-in terminal.
    You'll need the relevant cable to connect camcorder to the Pioneer unit. [
    'Firewire' / IEEE1394 / 'i-Link' ]
    As I understand it, the Pioneer unit will transcode the standard-definition
    DV video to MPEG-2 (the same format as used on DVD-Video) _even_ if you're
    only recording to the hard disc. This will inevitably mean a small drop in
    quality for a couple of reasons:
    - There is an inherent quality drop when transcoding involves one or more
    'lossy' formats;
    - The transcoding is performed in real-time which - even with the best
    hardware video encoders - is still only a single-pass process, meaning there
    is no 'second chance' for the encoder to go back and encode the picture more
    accurately or efficiently.

    Hope this helps.

    Ed Fielden
    Ed Fielden, Mar 7, 2007
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    P. Guest

    The Pioneer should happily accept DV format material via the DV-in terminal.

    Thank you for the help. I decided to probably buy Sony DCR-HC96 camcorder.
    This camcorder should also be able to be conected to Pioneer for video
    I haven't managet to find this out on my own...

    Best regards
    P., Mar 7, 2007
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    Ed Fielden Guest

    The specs for the DCR-HC96 do include DV-out via 'i-Link' (Sony's name for
    the IEEE1394 interface) so should link up just fine with any other
    DV-capable device. You just need to make sure to buy a cable to connect
    For the devices in question you will most likely need a 4-pin to 4-pin
    Firewire/IEEE1394 cable (best to double-check after you get the stuff).

    If in need of help to identify the connectors/sockets, there are a few
    pictures (and some background to the FireWire interface system) at Wikipedia
    ( ).

    Ed Fielden
    Ed Fielden, Mar 7, 2007
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