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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    Well a dvd recorder should have some form of input, be it scart, s-video or composite and pretty much all cameras (dv or otherwise) allow you to play it through some form of tv. Connecting the 2 together should do the trick.
    Most DVD recorders will have a DV input so no loss of quality, that will also give you DV deck control over the camera so select source DV and just hit Record

    These cost about £80.00 max

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    interesting thread
    i have used a firewire card to capture to a pc. I hate the quality loss with apps such as nero vision and windows movie maker (still ok for most)
    whats the best way to ensure the dv quality is retained even after editing the video and exporting to a dvd

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    The cheapest DVD Recorder with DV in I could find was the Liteon DDA100X DivX DVD Recorder at eBuyer for £65.02


    Looking in Argos they have a Canon DVD Camcorder for £279.97 that takes 60 minute 8cm DVDs for £29.99 for 10

    I'd never need see these damn drama productions ever again!!!

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    The DVD Camcorders are ok, but if you want to ever edit the footage they are a bit of a pain in the ass, as you have to rip the footage from the DVD to the Video Editing program and then edit it etc. They look good on paper for just record and file but not quite as flexible as they could be.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    On a laptop with no firewire I tried a USB video capture cable (was £30ish but I think might be cheaper now), it captures DV from camcorder very easily and I can then edit in MM2, quality is acceptable for the kinds of purpose mentioned here.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    But to get it from MM2 onto a DVD isn't easy - you need special s/w.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    I just used the roxio stuff that came with the usb burner I borrowed, not a problem really.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    From memory MM2 doesn't compress the AVI, so can be a pain with longish clips.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    Head of English wants to go with the £70 DVD Recorder option - just because it's cheapest... getting nervous now!

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    I'd never need see these damn drama productions ever again!!!
    Haha! Or maybe they'll be wanting you to rip from the DVD, cut out the bits they don't want, and remake it!

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    You know they will!

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    I didi this last year, except i used my own hardware.

    1 DV camcorder
    1 Firewire Cable
    1 Macbook pro with 2GB RAM

    All i did was connect the Camcorder straight the the Macbook pro and captured the footage straight to HDD in iMovie. No lossed frames and audio synched perfectly. Once captured footage then edited but to a minimum as it cannot be edited for GCSE exam so i was told, and sent to iDVD for menu system. Created menu system and then burn DVD. In all took around 3 hours.

    I know its not the cheapest but is perhaps the easiest. I had DVD quality and full control over the whole process, with full access to editing the content and never had to record and re-capture the whole content afterwards saving lots of time. This i found was the real issue, time-saving as ours was late being entered (course-work). We also did the same on the day of the exam. Capture-wise i mean not late.

    We also never needed any DV tapes or additional software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by projector1 View Post
    interesting thread
    i have used a firewire card to capture to a pc. I hate the quality loss with apps such as nero vision and windows movie maker (still ok for most)
    whats the best way to ensure the dv quality is retained even after editing the video and exporting to a dvd
    JVC Professional Features page

    It records straight to mov drop it into Final cut edit and burn no time wasted transcoding, no pants DV tapes All in HD, Yes its costly but the workflow is super quick especially if you are doing it a lot and need to turn around raw footage to tape quickly.

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    We use a JVC DV/HDD/DVD copier, had it about 2 years now, cost a bomb when we got it but it saves a hell of a lot of hassle, also have a video/DVD copier incase teacher need to update their technology

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