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I need to help on getting the DVD's copied to a larger CD. I do not have AV cord to plug in to the camcorder.

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If you want to shoot video and then edit it to take out wasted scenes, add titles and music, etc., you're taking a hit in video quality by shooting native with a DVD camera . This is because the video on DVDs is encoded to MPEG2, a compressed format. It's great as an end of the line format, but not for shooting source footage. Likewise, hard drive based camcorders, while convenient, tend to record in MPEG2 (only JVC gives you an option to record in AVI). This gives you the same problem. Additionally, you will also have to "re-encode" (also called demuxing) the footage into an editable format. It's a hassle for those of us who wish to edit our videos as a hobby.

However, for DVDs, you'll need to take that DVD and "rip" it to your PC and then encode it into a more editible format. I recommend DVD Decrypter or DVD Shrink. They will get your footage off the dvd and onto your PC. You can then use something like Videoera (PC) or Handbrake (Mac) to encode it to a more editable format. Depending on what editing software you use, you may be able to import mpeg2 and even VOB files directly. But understand that you're already starting with compressed footage, so the resolution quality will not be as good as if you had shot native with MiniDV tape and captured to your PC.

There is another solution to this...

If you record it in VR mode then you can play it back on any VR compatible player (most TV DVD recorders accept VR disks), plus you can edit the disc on the go.

The only bad thing with VR mode is that it will only playback on a VR compatible drive. If you have a VR disc and you put it into a PC this is quite fun 'cos PC's don't recognise VR discs (!?!?!?) they'll read them and attempt to play them in Media player but you get nothing. So here is the solution. You need to open up the disc in Windows instead of letting media player auto-run it,

There will be a directory there called DVD_RTAV go into that directory and you'll find 2 files in there, the larger of the two is your video file (it's got the extension VRO).

Copy it to somewhere on your hard disk and change it's extension to MPEG, open it with any software like media center, or VideoLAN and it plays fine (the weird thing is not even VideoLAN can play it when it's named VRO, normally VideoLan is quite robust about playing anything you throw at it - obviously not VRO files unless there called MPEG's!

Also once there MPEGs on your computer you can then burn them to full size DVD's using things like NeroVision!

Finally, I suggest look and buy the av cord for this and other jobs at future.

Hope this helps.

Posted on May 19, 2011

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