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    Copy DV tapes to DVD

    It's that time of year again - setup a PC to create DVDs of GCSE Drama productions onto DVD.

    Long story short... I'm having a hell of a job getting this going, and wondered how everyone else goes about this?

    Do you use DVD Camcorders? I understand they're lower quality and of course those mini DVDs only take 30 minutes.

    Do you copy direct from the camera to DVD?

    The English department want to spend some money on this, they're thinking around £400

    Suggestions please

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    best way would be to invest in a good quality capture card like say a matrox, some software, we use adobe premier, and possibly some extra hard disks for storage. We use Mini DV type cameras which have firewire output and this set up i find best for taking from tape to pc, edit and burn all from within premier

    hope this helps

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    Get an imac or mac mini and use imovie. Makes it very easy and manageable I would say.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    I know this is off topic here, but I have some dv tapes that I want to convert to dvd etc and was curious what do I need hardware wise to get the dv tapes onto my g4 power book ?

    Im guessing just a cam corder that supports dv tapes ?

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    I've got a PC with firewire so getting the tape to PC is sorted - it's more the processing I'm having trouble with.

    I currently:

    1. Capture as AVI

    2. Minor edit with Virtual Dub ...which has been excellent, although it's sensitive and I just can't get it to work sometimes

    3. Convert to DVD using AVI2DVD


    Both these proggies i've had problems with, so I just want something very reliable to replace them.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    I've got a PC with firewire so getting the tape to PC is sorted - it's more the processing I'm having trouble with.

    I currently:

    1. Capture as AVI

    2. Minor edit with Virtual Dub ...which has been excellent, although it's sensitive and I just can't get it to work sometimes

    3. Convert to DVD using AVI2DVD


    Both these proggies i've had problems with, so I just want something very reliable to replace them.
    Thats why I said get a mac - to get a movie from dv to dvd requires the following:

    Import into imovie, save as a dvd. Done.

    You can get a mac mini for about £300, and it will give you a solution which is, IMO, easier to manage than any PC based software.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    ok i'm interested localzuk

    a basic superdrve one costs £450.21 + vat tho' - but it still is very attractive

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    If it does not require any editting just use a DVD recorder (we have a combo VHS / DVD recorder from Argos ... £180) This is how we send them off to the exam board ... nothing fancy.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk
    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    I've got a PC with firewire so getting the tape to PC is sorted - it's more the processing I'm having trouble with.

    I currently:

    1. Capture as AVI

    2. Minor edit with Virtual Dub ...which has been excellent, although it's sensitive and I just can't get it to work sometimes

    3. Convert to DVD using AVI2DVD


    Both these proggies i've had problems with, so I just want something very reliable to replace them.
    Thats why I said get a mac - to get a movie from dv to dvd requires the following:

    Import into imovie, save as a dvd. Done.

    You can get a mac mini for about £300, and it will give you a solution which is, IMO, easier to manage than any PC based software.
    I agree with the mac suggestion, and if you are still dieing to use pc or should I say windows , you can with the new intel macs so even if you do go with a mac mini you can still use windows on it

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    ok i'm interested localzuk

    a basic superdrve one costs £450.21 + vat tho' - but it still is very attractive
    You should be able to knock at least £50 off that if you get it via a decent supplier. And it will save you an awful lot of time

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    If it does not require any editting just use a DVD recorder (we have a combo VHS / DVD recorder from Argos ... £180) This is how we send them off to the exam board ... nothing fancy.
    That is another possibility. But you will not get DV quality onto the DVD would you?

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    If it does not require any editting just use a DVD recorder (we have a combo VHS / DVD recorder from Argos ... £180) This is how we send them off to the exam board ... nothing fancy.
    DV Camera to DVD or do you have a VHS Camera? We only have DV Cameras

    I suppose quality isn't realy an issue, and I understand now it's only for reference, a backup of 'what the examiner saw' - and probably never checked.
    I could chop up the tapes roughtly if I knew what was on them. Problem is I usually dont, but i'm sure this is the answer - just do it roughly.
    Thanks for that.

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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.

    The thing to remember is that other than doing the copying like this your dvd recorder will lie dormant most of the time whereas a mac could be used for various multimedia projects by the kids.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    I've just done this for drama, nice peice of kit i have is called dazzle. google it, should come at the top of your search results. you plug the digital cameracorder to the dazzle device and dazzle to pc. then you run both the software and dv tape. you can then burn it to dvd. nice and easy.

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    Re: Copy DV tapes to DVD

    I recommended a Dazzle to a friend almost 10 years ago now - and he still loves it - I'd forgotten about that!

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