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Best Practices for Conversion


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I have a Sony HDR-HC1 Camcorder and have now over 50 miniDV tapes full of "family video".

I have tried editing some of the tapes with Final Cut Express and iMovie on my Mac and a variety of different products on my PC. All have had mixed results - but in most cases - the project either ends in a crash or the time it takes to "render" and compress for burning on a DVD takes hours.

I am not looking at adding fancy menus and editing the video - I simply want to find a way to get the tapes on to DVD or Blu-Ray.

It would be great if some electronic manufacturer had a machine that you could pop the HD miniDV tape in one side and press "dub" and it burns to a Blu-Ray on the other - but that's probably wishful thinking at this point in time!

Can someone please tell me the "best practices" for doing this?




Distinguished Member
If you just want a straight DVD copy of your Mini DV tapes, you could use a DVD recorder that has a mini DV input like my Sony HXD870 for example. Then you could press 'record' on the DVD recorder and 'play' on your camcorder and with the right settings create a one hour high quality DVD copy. This would of course be unedited, but then it is straight forward. Naturally it is a 'real time' process so each tape will take an hour to do.....

Edit: Just noticed you mention that the tapes are HD, so my suggestion above would reduce the quality to SD....unless you want to buy a BluRay recorder from abroad and use expesive blank discs?
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