Question about Panasonic PV-810 VHS Analog Camcorder

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Panasonic PV-810 for $200 vs. quasar (also panasonic) for $30

Hello, I can't find any info online. Neither camera is close to where I live but I know both work perfectly. The Quasar has a custom battery adapter so it can plug into a standard 12 V auto battery. The owner used it thus and says it runs all day (he used it for recording airshows).
The pv 810 is little used, still in new condition. I don't even know which was the earlier model, or if technology changed between models. My need is to record cello, violin, and piano music lessons so that students can take a recording home for review while practicing. If I can also make good to excellent recordings of concerts, possibly to upload onto my website, that would be great, but this is not the reason I am buying. I have been advised by early1234" on fixya (whose photo appears to have changed? from a guy to an attractive woman) that panasonic support is good, but be practical...I just found out panasonic makes both camcorders. So, what would you do in my position. I can spend more, but why if it is unnecessary? I already bought a panasonic HDC DX1 (DVD camcorder) new but "out of the box" at a store for $330 plus another $150 for insurance in case of dropping, etc. I thought this would serve my needs as it not only records onto a little DVD, but has an external mic jack. Turns out the DVDs need formatting prior to use, and then finalizing after use, which means I have to cut short my lessons at beginning and end by a couple minutes, while students wait around, parents in car...Seems like not much, but for only a 30 minute lesson, sometimes an hour, in these people's schedules, as well as the tempo of my teaching, it is an unacceptable drag. I could format a bunch ahead of time - for 30 students! That's an hour and will go up as I get more students at this school (which won't pay for my equipment).
I have until Feb. 3 to return the DX1 for a refund if I find the VHS works well for me and my students in any capacity. I don't know how they compare for audio, etc. with or without a separate mic, and with the DX1. Thanks very very much! Peter B. Metcalf

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  • petermetcalf Jan 31, 2008

    My understanding is that these hd/dvd camcorders require time to to burn to DVD, and time is not what I have in my teaching situation. It is one student walking out while another walks in.
    However, it looks from your response that a DVD that uses + rw does not require finalizing. If this is so, and I exchanged my camcorder for one that used +rw, do they still need formatting? Is there some way to acquire 50 or more DVD's that are already formatted and that don't require finalizing? This, used in a camcorder that combines both HD and DVD would be ideal. Thanks again.

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Hi there peter,

i understand the drag that you feel for formatting those dvds. however, the process for dvds are like that. we have to be patient while the dvds are finalizing. 1 thing also, make sure your dvd burner has the lastest firmware upgrade, Each one has a software program that controls how it plays discs. Since the software is stored on a chip, it's called firmware.
Some cdrom/dvdroms have flaws in their programming that cause problems playing certain DVDsCds. In order to correct the flaws, the Rom must be upgraded with a firmware upgrade. You can check your dvdrom by searching the maufacturers website for firmware updates in relation to your dvdrom.

As for burning dvds, we follow the dvdroms max speed in order to burn faster. this also depends on your computers processing speed. Another special case you can do the following to speed up the process:

  • Make sure that your burner is connected correctly to your system, if it is possible make him secondary master.
  • Check the current transfer mode (DMA) of the burner. (Hardware Manager)
  • You can also check blank DVDs and CDs and find out which are best suited for your burner and purchase them from then on.
If you are using Nero, you can make use of the following applications to manage your burning speed, disc information, and etc...

here is a site which uses nero for burning an .iso file in a dvd.

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Print.aspx?ArticleId=8392

As for your situation peter, i know that its frustrating on your part however this is how it is done. hope you understand. thank you again.

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Maybe a hard drive recorder would fit your needs. Check this one out at Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830114010
Specs:
General Brand document.write(neg_specification_newline('HITACHI')); HITACHI Model document.write(neg_specification_newline('DZ-HS500A')); DZ-HS500A Type document.write(neg_specification_newline('Digital Camcorder')); Digital Camcorder Image Sensor Image Sensor document.write(neg_specification_newline('1/6" CCD')); 1/6" CCD Lens Optical Zoom document.write(neg_specification_newline('30X')); 30X Digital Zoom document.write(neg_specification_newline('1500X')); 1500X Filter Diameter document.write(neg_specification_newline('34mm')); 34mm Recording Media Recording Media document.write(neg_specification_newline('30GB HDD/DVD/SD')); 30GB HDD/DVD/SD Memory Card document.write(neg_specification_newline('SD / MMC Card')); SD / MMC Card SPEC Viewfinder document.write(neg_specification_newline('0.2" Color Viewfinder')); 0.2" Color Viewfinder LCD document.write(neg_specification_newline('2.7" LCD')); 2.7" LCD Focusing System document.write(neg_specification_newline('Auto and Manual Focus
Auto and Manual White Balance
Auto and Manual Exposure
Lens F2.0 ? 4.1')); Auto and Manual Focus
Auto and Manual White Balance
Auto and Manual Exposure
Lens F2.0 – 4.1 Image Stabilization document.write(neg_specification_newline('Electronic Image Stabilizer for Video')); Electronic Image Stabilizer for Video Minimum Illumination document.write(neg_specification_newline('0.3 lux')); 0.3 lux Still Image Size document.write(neg_specification_newline('640 x 480 Resolution')); 640 x 480 Resolution Connectors document.write(neg_specification_newline('USB, S-Video, AV Ports')); USB, S-Video, AV Ports Dimensions & Weight document.write(neg_specification_newline('3.6" x 2.7" x 5.3"
1.2 lbs.')); 3.6" x 2.7" x 5.3"
1.2 lbs. Features Features document.write(neg_specification_newline('Easy 1-touch dubbing with 2X speed from HDD to DVD
USB 2.0 PC and Mac Connection
680K Pixel CCD
Hitachi Exclusive Advanced Image Processing
Photo Frame Grab Tool
Sleep/Restart Battery Save Tool: 1 Second Record on Restart
Finalize Button? Finalize recorded DVD-R/-RW/+RW

Quick Menu Button?Shortcut to Simplified Menu System
Quick Start?Short Start Time from Power-on to First Recording
Disc Navigation?Instant Access to Selected Scenes and In-Camera Editing Features
16:9 Widescreen Recording for all DVD formats

3 Recording Modes:
XTRA ? HDD: 400 min DVD: 18 min/side
FINE ? HDD: 660 min DVD: 30 min/side
STD ? HDD: 1360 min DVD: 60 min/side

HDD
? Rewriteable Technology
? Record 11 hours in Fine quality mode
? Record 23 hours in Standard
quality mode
DVD-R
? Write Once Technology
? Plays Back in Most DVD Players and
DVD-ROM Drives
DVD-RW
? Rewriteable Technology (VR format)
? Plays Back in Most DVD Players and
DVD-ROM Drives (VF format)
DVD-RAM
? Rewriteable Technology
? Advanced In-Camera Editing
Capability
DVD+RW
? Rewriteable Technology
? No Finalizing Needed')); Easy 1-touch dubbing with 2X speed from HDD to DVD
USB 2.0 PC and Mac Connection
680K Pixel CCD
Hitachi Exclusive Advanced Image Processing
Photo Frame Grab Tool
Sleep/Restart Battery Save Tool: 1 Second Record on Restart
Finalize Button— Finalize recorded DVD-R/-RW/+RW

Quick Menu Button—Shortcut to Simplified Menu System
Quick Start—Short Start Time from Power-on to First Recording
Disc Navigation—Instant Access to Selected Scenes and In-Camera Editing Features
16:9 Widescreen Recording for all DVD formats

3 Recording Modes:
XTRA – HDD: 400 min DVD: 18 min/side
FINE – HDD: 660 min DVD: 30 min/side
STD – HDD: 1360 min DVD: 60 min/side

HDD
• Rewriteable Technology
• Record 11 hours in Fine quality mode
• Record 23 hours in Standard
quality mode
DVD-R
• Write Once Technology
• Plays Back in Most DVD Players and
DVD-ROM Drives
DVD-RW
• Rewriteable Technology (VR format)
• Plays Back in Most DVD Players and
DVD-ROM Drives (VF format)
DVD-RAM
• Rewriteable Technology
• Advanced In-Camera Editing
Capability
DVD+RW
• Rewriteable Technology
• No Finalizing Needed

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just for recommendation, try out panasonic. panasonic has way lots of upgrades including repair service. they never run low on chips and stuff. quasar is ok too but never really heard about the tech support...

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