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Is it Faster to download video to PC from HDD than Mini-DV?

by bpalex / April 15, 2009 7:07 AM PDT

Is it faster/easier to download video from HDD camcorder than a Mini-DV camcorder?

I am considering a HDD Camcorder over Mini-DV camcorder mainly because I never have the time to download the mini-DV tapes to my PC. I have two toddlers. So a lot of videos, and too little time or span of attention to sit for extended periods of time to download mini-DVs.

** My question to current HDD or Flash Memory Camcorder owners/experts is this: **
Question 1 - When I connect the HDD/Flash camcorder to the PC, will I see the video as a file (say *.mpg) on an external drive (the camcorder HDD) that I can copy using say Windows Explorer? Is it a fast copy to the PC using a USB connection?

Question 2 - (to better use the present camcorder): Is there a fast way to download to PC a whole Mini-DV tape using firewire than by letting the whole tape play - 60 minutes?

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by FrankQC / April 15, 2009 7:10 AM PDT

I would go for the HDD. A you said you do not have a lot of time to just find ways to transfer your mini-dv to your computer.

If I'm not mistaken can't you just connect the HDD camcorder to your computer and just play it off of there?

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by bpalex / April 15, 2009 12:48 PM PDT
In reply to: HDD.

I would like to do some minor editing of the pictures from the (future) HDD camcorder. It should be no problem after I download provided I have the right software and PC, right? in other words, can i edit videos captured on HDD?

Mini-DV tapes are supposedly great at allowing frame-by-frame editing according to Consumer Reports. I am just trying to make sure that I will not lose this ability for frame by editing, if I use an HDD camcorder.

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by FrankQC / April 15, 2009 8:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

If you import the video into the proper format such as mpg or avi you should be able to use it in Adobe Premier or Windows Movie Maker.

Check out Google for which output files HDD creates and whether or not they're compatible with Premier or Windows Movie Maker.

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by whizkid454 / April 15, 2009 7:28 AM PDT

HDD transfers by USB and miniDV by Firewire. You must allow 60 minutes of transfer time for 60 minutes of video if it is a miniDV camcorder. HDD camcorder are not limited on transfer speed except for the specs of your computer.

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