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Keen Novice looking for advice on which camcorder to buy?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Jemima, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. Jemima

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    I am very keen in trying to find out more information on a purchase I would like to make on a digital camcorder. I wonder if there is anyone out there that may have an opinion on a couple I have been looking at in particular.

    The Sony DCR-DVD92 and the DCRDVD7, although after reading a few reviews online I don't know if I should be considering one with a memory card rather that recording straight to DVD..... I don't have a video recorder so definitely want to be able to view my recordings through DVD format. I don't have a Firewire connection on my PC or a DVD burner currently.... Now I am thinking it maybe best to consider a cheaper option than one of the two models above and get the software and additions for my PC????

    So confused as to what to do and I would like some thoughts on what you guys may think is best... I would like to try and spend my hard earned cash on something I will regret buying...

    Please help :confused:
     
  2. MarkE19

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    Please, help me to avoid getting into a flame war with a few other forum members by doing a search on here for DVD camcorder opinions before spending your hard earned. :suicide:

    As for adding firewire & editing software to a PC, well this can be very cheap. If runninf XP you already have the software with Movie Maker 2. Very good, but wont burn a VCD/DVD disc. Full help with the software can be found Here.

    Adding a firewire card (including the cable for connecting up the camcorder) should only cost £10-£20 online and is very easy to fit.
    A DVD burner will only cost around £30-£40 and DVD authoring software about the same again.
    So for well under £100 you will have a fair upgrade to the PC and have the best options for creating better DVD's that those created directly on a camcorder - ie chapters, and menus that the cam wont create.

    Good luck and let us know if you have any more questions. :smashin:

    Mark.
     
  3. MartinImber

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    Go Mini DV and edit & burn on a PC

    Look at the mid range W/S support Sony models
     
  4. laser

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    If you do decide to use your PC to edit and burn DVD's from camcorder footage (which I would recommend), ensure your PC is up to the task i.e.

    1. large hard disk drive (120GB minimum). 60 minutes of uncompressed AVI footage from a camcorder takes around 16GB.

    2. Pentium 4 or AMB 2400+ PC for use with latest software such as Pinnacle Studio 9 or Ulead Studio 9. Older machines will work OK if you are not using the latest version of the software.

    3. 512MB memory, preferably 1GB.
     

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