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    DVD Camcorders

    hi, considering buying a dvd camcorder;
    there are some negatives
    ie lower quality video and editing issues

    but the particular situation , ie;
    *a few staff clogging up network with video "in progress"
    *most staff find pinnacle too difficult and using imovie &idvd on a laptop too time-consumimg
    *easy to use solution for pupils
    *management wanting every class to be regularly making videos;

    seem to suggest a dvd camcorder.
    Has anyone used one of these and can give some feedback as to ease of use, quality,reliability, editing (in-camera, or on PC)?
    Any reccomendations or otherwise of particular dvd camcorders? :?:

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    Re: DVD Camcorders

    I've used the Sony ones, nice bits of kit and seem ok.

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    Re: DVD Camcorders

    We have 1 sony one... the quality is very good but it wasn't cheap. The biggest problem is the fact that you cannot easily get the footage into a PC for editting... you have to rip it off the DVD which can lead to audio synching issues.

    Personally, I would not recommend one to somebody if there is a remote chance of them wanting to edit the footage.

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    Re: DVD Camcorders

    I think your best bet is a camcorder with a Firewire connection and a copy of Adobe Elements (around £60 I think). I wouldn't recommend a DVD camcorder though - my experience has been with a 3 year-old Sony Handycam and it takes ages to start and prepare/finalise disks, and then it could only store 30mins at high quality.

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    Re: DVD Camcorders

    A Sony DCR-SR52E has a 30GB HDD and is very easy to use. We got ours from here with a LCS VA30 case and tripod for about £377. I think the camera was about £328.

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    Re: DVD Camcorders

    I agree with Ric on the editing thing, they are a right pain to edit.

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    Re: DVD Camcorders

    my friend has one of them sony handycams, he has alsorts of problems with the DVDs i am unsure wot it is i will ask him

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