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2013 way to transfer HD mini DV tape to HD disc help

by berddog123 / February 8, 2013 12:28 AM PST

Hi! I have had a bunch of tapes transferred to DVD by a local media company. Shocked at how much definition is lost when they converted the HD tapes to standard def video DVD's...

Moving forward, what is the best way to transfer the HD signal to a disc in 2013 to make it 1) an accurate backup and 2) easy for us to watch (scan, kids can throw it in player, watch in car, etc)?

Is it possible to transfer HD tape to DVD and save the quality?

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Clarification Request
by berddog123 / February 8, 2013 12:30 AM PST

I have an HDR-HC5 Sony Handycam which is what the tapes were recorded on...if it matters.

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It depends on your budget.
by boya84 / February 8, 2013 1:12 PM PST
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What I do...

Camcorder off.
Connect the camcorder's DV port to the computer's firewire port with a firewire cable.
If the computer is not on, turn it on.
When at a stable desktop, turn on the camcorder - put it into Play/Edit mode.
Launch the HDV-capable video editor.
Import or capture the video from the camcorder.
There is no single "best file" for all viewing.
Export to high quality computer readable file. It is assumed the video is high definition since that is what it imported as. This will be used to burn a BluRay disc - assuming you have a BluRay burner attached to the computer. I like those from LaCie.
Use this same file to make a standard definition DVD by using a DVD authoring application. iDVD for Macintosh or WinDVD for Windows.
Save the file to a media server or Network Attached Storage RAID 1 disc array for later viewing on the network connected TV.
Use this same file in a "converter" to make it an MP4 suitable for a personal media player.
Export a "medium" quality file for uploading to a media sharing site (like YouTube or Vimeo).

Then I export the project back to the camcorder for digital tape archive and store it in a cool dry place.

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We'll have to start at the beginning.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 8, 2013 12:33 AM PST

HD MiniDV camcorders were rare. Unless I have make/model numbers I can't supply a good answer.

-> And as long as you demand that a Video DVD is to be made, the result will never be HD. A "Video DVD" is a standard carved in stone and encased in Kryptonite.

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Now we have the make and model.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 8, 2013 12:37 AM PST

"The Sony HDR-HC5 ships with Picture Motion Browser Ver.2.0.02. Much like previous versions of Picture Motion Browser, the software allows you to import footage and stills from the camcorder, perform some rudimentary editing, and export to a standard definition DVD, AVCHD DVD, or MPEG2 clip."

You'll want the AVCHD DVD or MPEG2 clip. You're good to go if your PC's have firewire.

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PS. No Computer? The Sony DVDirect machine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 8, 2013 12:46 AM PST
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