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DVD Camcorder

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by lurcher, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. lurcher

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    Hi,
    Considering one of the above (not for general use as I have a Panasonic 3ccd DV camcorder).
    The application would be to mount it in the car prob on a windscreen suction mount and use it to record footage of pupils driving lessons ( I have experience of useing a VHS system previously).
    What I would like to know from them in the know :), is can I take the disc straight from the camcorder and put it in a portable player/laptop for immediate replay/debrief or does the disc have to be finalised in the camcorder ?
    If this is so how long does that process take ?
    Is there any benefit of a Ram based system for this application ?
    Do ram disc need finalisation process ?

    Thanks
     
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    Anyone with a DVd cam comment please ?
     
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    Hi lurcher,

    A DVD camcorder will do just what you want. You record the disc and then
    after finalizing it in your camcorder you can play it in your DVD player. I've myself played with a Sony DVD camcorder and when recording in DVD Video format, finalization was very fast, not a problem at all. Note that you have to
    unfinalize it if you want to record more but again this is not a problem since it is very fast.
    If recording is done in DVD VR format (which gives extra editing options in your camcorder compared to DVD Video) finalizing will take significantly more time then in DVD Video mode (and depends also on how full the disk is, which is not the case for DVD Video).

    So I would recommend the DVD Video format, very easy and fast to record,
    finalize and play back on a DVD players.

    br,
    Adi
     
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    ... and I've used DVD-RW discs.

    Adi
     
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    Adi,
    Thanks for that , I"ve been told that if I use +RW discs I can take the disc out of the Cam and put it straight to a Player without any finalisation process ( which is what I am looking for ).
    Any comments ? Do you know if Ram format can do this .
     
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    At least the Sony DVD202E camcorder I've played with did not support
    the RAM format. I tend to believe that this is true with all Sony models.
    So I cannot be of much help here ...

    Indeed the +RW don't require finalization but in the sony camcorder
    guide I found a funny comment about this: "Do not try to play back these
    disks (i.e. +RW) in DVD-ROM of your computer. This may cause a malfunction". I dont really know what this warning is. But surely something
    to remember :) if you plan to use a laptop for playback.

    Getting back to -RW :) , in my oppinion finalizing is not a problem for Video mode
    which is the widely supported DVD format. It only takes 2 taps on the camcorder touch
    screen and couple of seconds for the process to be finished.

    Adi
     
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    Adi,
    Thanks for that. Its the Panny range that are Ram based. Would just like to know if these need finalisation b4 I decide but in any case I"ve got nothing portable that will replay Ram discs. It was the Sony 202 I was considering.

    Julian
     

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