Sending video from camcorder to video card and recording it on dvd to be played ...

Richard Fuller

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I'm curious is it possible to send video from a standard camcorder to the input on a video card and then record that to DVD for playback on a standard DVD player.
 

Darren Lewis

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It is possible, but it depends on your hardware. What type of camcorder have you got and what outputs does it have? Waht's your PC like?
If you have one of the newer digital video camcorders with a FireWire port on, then you can transfer the footage into your PC using a firewire cable (if your PC has a firewire card - if not they can be added for a reasonable price).
This is probably the best way to avoid loss of quality. You can then edit the footage using a video editiing package, compress it using one fo the compression formats, and burn it onto CD or DVD.
If you've got an analogue format camcorder, then you'll need to get the video onto your PC in digital format. Your video card may have the facilities to do this (especially if it's one of the "All-in-Wonder" types). If not then you'll need a video capture card of some description.
I'm far from an expert in this field. Infact I'm only in the early stages of learning myself. A few links that I've gathered may be of interest.
http://www.vcdhelper.com/
http://sprysgi.sghms.ac.uk/~cspry/li...o_digital.html
http://www.dv.com/db_area/cgi-bin/Ultimate.cgi
http://www.bealecorner.com/trv900/index.html
http://www.amazing.com/dv/dv-faq.html
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Richard Fuller

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Thanks for your reply and I will definetly check all the links you provided. Unfortunately I don't have digital camcorder yet hopefully later this year. I record tapes of my son's football games and some of the parent's wanted copies and showed some interest in having them on Dvd next year so I have a lot to learn by next season.
 

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Richard, I am looking into doing the same type of set up... converting analog video to video CD (VCD) to be played in my DVD player.
One thing you need to consider, not all DVD players will play home-made VCDs and/or DVDs. So, it's possible some of the parents wont be able to view them.
http://www.vcdhelp.com
It's seems like a pretty tedious process to me. You would think it wouldn't be any more difficult than creating an audio CD... but it's a bit more involved.
 

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Another interesting thing that came to light when I tried to create a VCD once was that my DVD Player (Sony 525D) would read CDRW but not CDR. I'd have thought it should be the other way around?
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