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Just an assumption, but being that you are using a Z5U, you are probably shooting in HD. DVDs are only standard definition. I would get a blu-ray burner if that is the case and play blu-rays for presentations if possible. Actually if the videos are short enough you can burn a “blu-ray” to a standard DVD, but that only solves the media and burner problem. You will still need a blu-ray player to play it back.
Your next problem if looking for a deck to play back is it will have to support HDV. It has been a while since I looked at decks, but even the normal miniDV decks (that don’t support HDV) were extremely high priced for my uses. I just wanted to copy all my footage to a hard drive I captured over the past 13 years or so from my old miniDV cam that has worn out.
Another option is to use a laptop that has the HD video on it and play it back through the type of projector you stated you used. My laptop has an HDMI port on it and is literally plug and play whenever I attach it to an HDMI source.
In my opinion, the easiest route would be the laptop method as it will take more wear and tear than any blu-ray player can if you are traveling. It is also much more portable than a miniDV deck.
I use a couple Z5Us for my shoots now, and I have used all methods I have listed above except the miniDV deck. I don’t even shoot to tape anymore, straight to compact flash so don’t have to worry about wearing out any mechanical parts.