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Old 11-08-04, 11:22 AM
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Digital Video Cameras - recording on DVD or tape - what do you prefer

What kind of camera would you recommend with someone with $700. The kind that burn onto DVD. Seems good cause you don't have to transfer them and take up huge space on your computer. But the cameras seem to be slighly bigger to accomodate the size of a DVD disk.

What do you recommend.
Old 11-08-04, 11:54 AM
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That, and once you burn it onto the DVD, that's it, unless you do some editing on your computer onto another dvr.
We bought a miniDV camera about six months ago and like it [however, we didn't spend $700]. We went with the mini-DV because the tapes are slightly cheaper than dvd's, and you can record over them after making your movie. Digital video does take a whole lot of space on a computer, but you can burn the whole thing or just specific scenes to CDR/DVDR so it doesn't have to take up the room permanently.
But the dvd ones give you a usable disk immediately. Advantages to both.
Try browsing this site for opinions/reviews.
http://www.camcorderinfo.com/
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I would buy a miniDV camcorder. As dtcarson hinted at, though, my interest is in editing the video later to produce something. I don't care about immediate playback.
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Another vote for miniDV. I just don't trust burning on the DVD yet since they're sensitive. This is merely speculative, but what if you shake or bump the camera while it's burning, will that mess up the burning?
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Right now, I would definitely stick with miniDV as well.

Seems good cause you don't have to transfer them and take up huge space on your computer.
Yes, but after you edit the footage to your liking, and burn it onto a DVD, the data is easily removable from your computer. As long as you have enough space to temporily store the material (just long enough to edit and play around with the video and then transfer it to disc), its not really an issue.
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The biggest plus for MiniDV, is it's not compressed like DVD camcorders.
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I read that MiniDV stores about 3x the bitrate (or whatever) over DVD burning cameras. Especially for high movement, there's supposed to be no comparison. Go MiniDV.
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Originally posted by Chrisedge
The biggest plus for MiniDV, is it's not compressed like DVD camcorders.
My big concern as well. You can always compress MiniDV to DVD level compression, but never the other way around.

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