Recording a DVD from DV Tape

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Jimbo, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    I am just about to enter the world of camcorders and DVD burning; I have
    read a few guides on web sites but would just like to clarify a couple of
    If i purchase a DV based corder, I know that I can send data to my PC. Will
    I then be able to burn the footage onto a DVD+RW in a format that any DVD
    player can read?? (ie a home sony unit, non pc based). I think that the
    image format is Mpeg2 but could someone clarify.
    My other question relates to the DVD writer, what sort of software would i
    require to allow me to save the transferred corder pictures to the DVD+RW so
    that i can play it on the aforementioned machine?
    Thanks for any help
    Jimbo, Oct 18, 2003
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  2. Jimbo

    Tony Morgan Guest

    You might like to first have a look at
    First of all, have you already decided on DVD+RW ? There is somewhat
    better DVD player support for DVD-R and DVD-RW than for DVD+R and
    DVD+RW. The blank DVD-R disks are also cheaper than those for DVD-+R.
    DVD RW disks are not only more expensive than their R equivalents but
    they are more prone to failure (with repeated re-recording). DVD-R disks
    can be purchased at less than £1 each BTW.

    You can find information on compatibility of various DVD players here:

    DVD players vary widely in the format they support. You can buy a DVD
    player that supports DVD-R and DVD-RW for £59 from though you'll have to phone them since
    they haven't yet included it on the on-line catalogue yet.
    Tony Morgan, Oct 18, 2003
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  3. Jimbo

    Rob Davies Guest

    Yes, after conversion with appropriate software.
    My Sony DVD player hasn't refused *anything* I've thrown at it - one of the
    reasons I chose that model. +/- R/RW makes no odds. nb I have sent out
    literally hundreds of my productions on DVD+R and -R and no doubt the users
    have many different DVD players, yet only *one* person couldn't play one of
    my DVD's (incidentally a -R) but I believe that this was due to the fact
    that the player was a very early model. Most new / non - cheapo models from
    respected manufacturers have excellent compatibility with either format.

    I think that the
    There are many different solutions. I have been teaching a colleague and
    found that my job was much easier when choosing a single standalone product
    such as Studio 8 - he is now more adept with this SW than I ever got with
    it. I gave up trying to teach him my usual method after realising the time
    it would take - I routinely use 4 different "advanced" applications and it
    took me many months before I was at all productive with these packages. My
    advice is, therefore, to stick with a "beginners" application. You can
    always "upgrade" later if you feel incilned and take a particular liking to
    the finer points of sound/video editing and DVD production.

    Rob Davies, Oct 18, 2003
  4. Jimbo

    Keith Laws Guest

    Probably worth mentioning that you can get stand alone DVD recorders
    with firewire-in now. The blurb seems to indicate that you can burn
    straight to the DVD from the camcorder.
    Keith Laws

    What's my solution?

    Keith Laws, Oct 18, 2003
  5. Jimbo

    Tony Morgan Guest

    In message <bmrlds$q81re$>, Rob Davies
    I'd suggest you take DVD-R and DVD+R disks down to any high-street shop
    that sells DVD players and try them before coming out with this sort of
    sweeping statement.
    Tony Morgan, Oct 19, 2003
  6. Jimbo

    Rob Davies Guest

    Yes, I can't see any benefit of this for anyone into serious video
    production. It's a bit like some of the "new generation" of Printers that
    "don't need a PC - print direct from the camera....". Surely any images
    worth printing / commiting to DVD are worth spending at least a few minutes
    on basic editing?

    Rob Davies, Oct 19, 2003
  7. Jimbo

    Rob Davies Guest

    (see rest of snipped message). It could be argued that the hundreds of
    customers using my DVD+R/-Rs are a pretty representative sample - at least
    as representative as it would be setting up a test bed in Dixons or
    whatever! (I don't believe they are a particularly non - random group of
    users, (other than perhaps most of them are not the type to buy items of low
    quality / price, which is why I mentioned the cheapo bit).
    I didn't make the statement without some sort of evidence to back it.

    Rob Davies, Oct 19, 2003
  8. Jimbo

    Keith Laws Guest

    No reason why you cant link them to your pc as well. So you get a DVD
    recorder to sit under your tv in the place of a VCR, and also
    effectively a dvd recorder drive for you pc. But only have to pay for
    one machine.

    I am definitley considering getting one
    Keith Laws

    What's my solution?

    Keith Laws, Oct 19, 2003
  9. Jimbo

    Rob Davies Guest

    Ahh now I see. But I got the impression that everyone in UK was hooking up
    the hard drive units for recording TV etc.
    - I need to keep in touch a bit more often.

    Rob Davies, Oct 20, 2003
  10. Jimbo

    Keith Laws Guest

    It is all very well hooking up a Hard Drive, but when that is full what
    do you do?

    You can get one of these DVD recorders with firewire input *and* an
    internal hard drive recorder as well :)

    The ones I have seen are by Pioneer I think, they are DVD-R/RAM only
    Keith Laws

    What's my solution?

    Keith Laws, Oct 20, 2003
  11. Jimbo

    Rob Davies Guest

    Well, while staying at my Sister's, my Brother-in-law demo'd me his setup
    which I thought was quite cool. He only uses it as an alternative to a VHS
    type video recorder. eg. watch one channel, record another; timed recordings
    when out/asleep etc. But the clever bit was the Pause and Replay bit (can't
    remember its proper title): While taking a phone call (or whatever), you
    press pause and the programme is recorded to the HD. When you're ready to
    continue watching you press play and it carries on playing from where you
    left off. Under stringent Scientific Tests (only joking, we'd had a few
    Buds), I couldn't tell when he was playing live stuff or recorded material!
    There are many many hours of recording available and as the disc gets full
    you are asked whether you wish to delete any old stuff. This is when your
    DVD standalone idea might come in if you wanted to save something more

    Sounds like the best of both worlds.

    Rob Davies, Oct 21, 2003
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    Keith Laws Guest

    Keith Laws, Oct 21, 2003
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