Question about burning home movies to dvd

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by CJEBS, Mar 4, 2004.

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    CJEBS Guest

    I just upgraded my computer to a laptop with dvd burner. I thought I could
    burn my digital camcorder movies to DVD, but the software that came with the
    computer says I need 24 gig of hd space for 60 minutes of video. My laptop
    only has 35 gig of space, divided between two hard drives. After loading my
    software, I only have about 8 gig space on one drive and 10 on the other.

    My questions:

    1. Can I break it down into smaller segments and still burn it to the
    same DVD, one segment at a time?

    2. Can I capture the info through my laptop, send it over my wireless
    home network to another computer with a large harddrive, and then bring it
    back through the laptop to burn to DVD?

    3. If wireless network route doesn't work, could I do it through a direct
    computer to computer link?

    I'm not overly ambitious, at first all I intend to do is transfer the
    information from tape to DVD.

    4. Any software recommendations? My computer came loaded with both Click
    on DVD and DVGate.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    CJEBS, Mar 4, 2004
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    Considering the whole process, I very much doubt it.
    No. Even if you're using 811g I doubt if you'd get the speed.
    Maybe with a 802.3/T100 you might with a cross-over cable, but I've not
    known anyone to do it.
    No matter what you do, the capture from your camcorder requires more
    free HD space than you have.

    The only solution I can think of is to get a firewire external HDD with
    a bridge to access from your camcorder. Pyro do one (I've got one
    myself). You buy the thing and fit the HDD of our choice.

    The main issue is with capturing, rather than burning to DVD.
    Tony Morgan
    "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice,
    there is." - Yogi Berra
    Tony Morgan, Mar 5, 2004
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    SjT Guest

    If you just want to convert your Camcorder recordings to DVD without
    any editing then you need to look for software which does Realtime
    MPEG2 (DVD Format) encoding when you capture the Video on your laptop.

    It may work for you if your CPU is quick enough, otherwise you will
    have to capture at full quality and then convert the file to MPEG2
    (DVD Format)

    As for which software to use, i haven't a clue, but i've heard that
    good results can be achieved with some software, maybe someone here
    can suggest something cheap/free to try.
    SjT, Mar 5, 2004
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    MyDVD from
    does what the OP wants to do.
    Tony Morgan
    "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice,
    there is." - Yogi Berra
    Tony Morgan, Mar 5, 2004
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    Jake Guest

    It does, and it's what I use, but I don't think it does it in real time.
    I'm pretty sure it captures DV, then transcodes, then burns to DVD, so you'd
    still need plenty of disk space.

    The OP could run MyDVD on the computer with the large hard drive and capture
    to that (with the addition of a firewire card if it hasn't already got one),
    use it to do the transcoding, then transfer the resulting smaller files to
    the laptop via the wireless network and burn to DVD there using a second
    installation of MyDVD. Messy, and I don't know how you'd do it in practical
    terms, but a possiblilty.

    Good luck!

    Jake, Mar 5, 2004
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    Solo Guest

    Hi, try ULead Movie Factory, 30 day free trial, very simple to use.
    Solo, Mar 5, 2004
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    SjT Guest

    One of the pinnacle packages does it but you need a very sleek machine
    to get decent results.
    SjT, Mar 5, 2004
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