Hard disk camcorder transfer to dvd

Dec 29, 2015 1:39PM PST

I am looking for a new camcorder for my parents who are not tech savvy. They have been using an analog camcorder, but it is necessary to switch to digital technology at this time. I am wondering if any of the hard disk camcorders out there record video in a connected movie format that can be put directly onto a dvd or put on a computer and burned onto a dvd without any editing required (basically a digital version of the old technology of taking video on your camcorder and then putting it onto a vhs tape without editing)? Or is the only option for that the dvd camcorders that record onto a mini dvd?

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I'm going with no.
Dec 29, 2015 2:19PM PST

While Sony had their DirectDV it's been out of production for years.

Today I can copy files from the camcorder to a DVD and slip them into the newer BluRay players and the files play. But I still used a PC in the middle.

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Go with the current use of SD cards
Dec 30, 2015 9:02AM PST

The simple fact is that most camcorders now use SD cards. It is relatively simple to transfer from a SD card to a DVD via a video editor BUT many cameras have an HDMI output and can be plugged directly into a TV via the HDMI port. (Option 1)
As most camcorders are HD based, there will be a loss of quality when rendering to a SD DVD. A preferred route is to create an AVCHD file, burn it to DVD and playback in a Blu-Ray player. My Blu-Ray player (Panasonic) has a built in SD card reader so I store on SD card.(Option 2)

What I have NOT tried is to remove the SD card from my camcorder and see if it will play directly in my BR player. Will try this and report back.

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