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DVD camcorder advice for public speaking workshops

I conduct group workshops to teach public speaking where each participants does 6-7 short presentations per day, all of which I record. I need to make the switch from VHS to DVD, but I don't know what camera to buy. One of the problems is that I will have up to 8 DVDs (one for each person) that have to be finalized at the end of the program before I hand them out to people so that they can watch them on their own.

Am I right that they have to be finalized before people can view them on their DVD players and computers? If so, it seems that I may need to have two cameras so that I can be finalizing two discs at a time. Otherwise, the process could take over an hour.

Do some cameras finalize faster than others?
Once I finalize, can I record more on the disc?
Are there devices that do nothing other than finalize discs?
Are there certain cameras that would be better for this purpose than others?
Do I REALLY have to buy two camcorders to make this work quickly and efficiently?

Thanks for your help!

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Are you locked into DVD?

In reply to: DVD camcorder advice for public speaking workshops

These forums are full of people reporting poor quality and difficulty working with the various DVD-based camcorder issues...

Would a hard-drive based camcorder (with transfer of the video to an individual's secure online account) be worth investigating?

Whizkid - you out there?

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I think I have to use DVD

In reply to: Are you locked into DVD?

The problem is that I have to be able to give each person a DVD to take home as soon as the program is over for them to watch at home. And there will be up to 8 people per course. If I used a hard drive camera, I think it would complicate things and take even longer than using DVDs. But I may be mistaken.

Your thoughts?

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Sounds like 2 camera to me.

In reply to: DVD camcorder advice for public speaking workshops

As finalizing time, it's a shame the seller can't chat to you about this. Oh shame on those that sell "boxes."


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