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transfering video to DVD

by eelnavi / August 10, 2008 1:40 PM PDT

Someone I know transferred video from Camcorder to DVD. It was a lengthy process. Now they would like to make copies of the video. I'm not sure of the format of the camcorder file.

How would they do this?

I thought that they could copy the DVD file onto their computer and then burn that onto a blank DVD using a DVD burner (and accompanying software).


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You could use any of the typical software.
by whizkid454 / August 10, 2008 2:12 PM PDT

Nero or Roxio, among others. The command in the program is to duplicate the disc. Just insert the disc you want to copy; it will copy to the computer; then you'll insert a blank disc; it will then burn that video to it to make the duplicate. Much easier than dealing with the camcorder's original files.

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Tansfering video fro Mini DV to Computer
by prabhatmishra1 / August 21, 2008 5:21 PM PDT

Whenever I try to download from my MiniDV Camcorder (Sony DCR-HC36) through USB cable and using Software provided by Sony it downloads the MiniDV into PC but size of Downloaded video becomes huge (1 MiniDV of 1 hour makes a 25GB-30GB of video file. In addition to the above, it makes a file of 1 to 10 minutes video file and I have to send the command to download again and again. Please give solution to this problem.

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Use firewire instead
by boya84 / August 21, 2008 10:57 PM PDT

Install and use a firewire400 port if you computer does not have one. Not USB. The use a firewire cable to connect the DV port on the camcorder to the firewire port. Import using WinDV.

1 hour of standard definition should be closer to 14 gig of hard drive space.

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Firewire 400
by prabhatmishra1 / August 24, 2008 4:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Use firewire instead

Do you mean 1 hr MiniDV will take a space 0f 14 GB on hard disk? If it is so, will it take 20 700MB CD to write on CD?

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Um... that's about right,
by boya84 / August 24, 2008 11:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Firewire 400

which is why most people don't use CDs for video.

But remember, you can use optical discs more than one way, and, typically, during the edit process, much of the video will end up getting cut.

If you want to keep everything in DV format (basically, no compression), then yes. But, when a DVD is rendered, a lot of compression happens to the video, which is how 120 minutes (more like 110 minutes + a DVD scene selection menu) of DV video on your computer's hard drive can fit a a single sided DVD that can hold 4.7 gig.

You *could* compress it even more... but compressing 14 gig down to a single 700 meg disc, the video quality will be horrible.

Can you get an external DVD burner? They are relatively affordable...

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