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December 27, 2004 at 11:32 AM #42153towlekinParticipant
We have a Canon Optura 20 and am ashamed to say that we have only recorded and played back ON the camcorder screen… we have never watched video on the TV or even transferred to the comp. and made dvd’s. Well a new year is hear and we are wanting to transfer our vid’s to dvd… I have purchased an IEEE monster cable and guess what??? My pc doesnt have the right connection at the back, so once again I am back to Future shop to return.
What is the correct thing we need to be doing from here??? The camcorder is fairly new to us, the pc is over 2 years old.
December 27, 2004 at 7:23 PM #177488DaveCParticipant
Probably you should just buy a DVD recorder and forget about using your computer. If you want to do a little editing, buy a recorder that has an internal hard drive. I find that the S-Video analog video inputs on my Panasonic DMR-E100 does just as good a job at capture quality as the DV-IN port so you don’t really need a firewire port on your DVD recorder.
You can upgrade your computer but that is a can of worms and finding software that works is another can of worms. Do it the easiest and cheapest way, buy a stand alone DVD recorder.
December 28, 2004 at 6:27 AM #177489towlekinParticipant
Thanks for the reply… I was thinking about getting the recordable dvd as well…. however, in the camcorder I have recorded onto the mini vhs type tape, so what should I be doing first to get the mini tape transferred to a regular size dvd??
Signed the bimbo with the camcorder!!! lol
December 28, 2004 at 5:16 PM #177490DaveCParticipant
Your VHS-C camcorder should have a composite video output RCA jack (usually yellow in color). It should also have an audio output RCA jack (usually white in color). Since the audio is monaural, I would go to Radio Shack and get an adapter wye cable that will split that single audio output from the camcorder into 2 audio outputs. Then just plug those 2 audio outputs and the video output into the analog inputs on the stand alone DVD recorder. These recorders burn full size 4.7GB DVD’s that will easily hold 2 hours of VHS quality video using the SP recording quality.
I would highly recommend getting one with a built in hard drive so that you can do a little editing and you can place chapter points where you want them. Without the HDD, chapter points get placed randomly about every 5 minutes and you can’t trim out the garbage at the beginning and ending of the capture. You probably want to cut out a few scenes of noise, ground shots where you didn’t know the camera was on, etc? I think the current Panasonic DMR-E85 is a nice unit for less than $500.
That is all you should need to do the job. Your camcorder probably came with the cable you need? The only cable you would need is the adapter cable to convert the camcorder mono output into 2 mono outputs so that you don’t have one of the DVD stereo audio tracks with no audio recorded on it.
You just play your tapes in your camcorder and record them on the recorders hard drive. the hard drive will hold over 50 hours of SP quality video. Then you just select the video segments that you have on the hard drive that you want to transfer to the 4.7GB DVD-R (2 hours maximum at SP quality). You can have menu buttons with thumbnail pictures, to select which segments of the DVD that you want to start playing. After that section or program has completed playing, the player will jump to the next sequential program and start playing that one.
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