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Posted: 1/1/2007 8:37:04 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/1/2007 8:49:51 AM EST by MrsDrFrige]
Oldest child received circuit city gc for the holidays. She wants to purchase a video camera.....
And it all confuses us.
Simplicity reigns.
What is the advantage/disadvantage of DVD vs hard drive vs Dv players?
This is what I have gathered....
DVD direct will only hold about 30min?
hard drive would have to be written to DVD? (does it require extra software....?)
DV is a tape.....needs to be transferred to DVD but definitely requires extra software/hardware (which means purchasing DVDs, the tapes and the software)

So, without hocking everything she owns....what does Circuit city have that is the most "bang for your buck"?

mrs
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:38:26 AM EST
Go DV.
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:43:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By NickN:
Go DV.


but why?
everywhere I have read makes it sound like a PITA to share via emails or utube etc.....not to mention a PITA to play on a dvd player.....
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:44:02 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 2:38:28 PM EST
anyone?
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 2:54:27 PM EST
I can make you a good deal on a LNIB Panasonic.

Link Posted: 1/1/2007 3:34:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By 1shott:
I can make you a good deal on a LNIB Panasonic.



DVD?
dv?
do you accept circuit city giftcards?

Mrs
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 3:37:08 PM EST
dvinfo.net

like arfcom of DV
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 6:46:30 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 6:51:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By 1shott:
I can make you a good deal on a LNIB Panasonic.



They sell those at Home Depot now
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 6:53:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By al_bundy:

Originally Posted By 1shott:
I can make you a good deal on a LNIB Panasonic.



They sell those at Home Depot now




No.
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 7:00:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/1/2007 7:02:20 PM EST by captainpooby]
Go mini DV tape. It takes me about ten minutes to get a video on youtube with nothing more than a firewire and windows moviemaker.
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 7:03:55 PM EST
I just bought a Sony HardDrive.

I would guess it would go straight to youtube.

Never worry about a tape or mini-dvd. Mine hold 7 hours of hi-quality filming.
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 7:04:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By captainpooby:
Go mini DV tape. It takes me about ten minutes to get a video on youtube.



I have zero knowledge about camcorders but what is the best way to upload? Firewire or usb2?

I think the usb2 is faster, isn't it?
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 7:20:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/1/2007 7:22:09 PM EST by Young-Kiwi]
Depends what she wants to do with it, depends how 'serious' she wants to use it.

Mrs Kiwi went through this twelve months or so ago, and came out at DV.
Most DV recorders have fire-wire ports, so the contents of the tapes can be moved to a computer (Microsoft XP comes with all the stuff you need) and then the tapes can be re-used.
There are plenty of pros and cons, and I even remember some of them.

HDD recorders. Cute, good quality, hopeless for going away with. The contents have to be transfered somewhere, which you can never do on holiday. (with the other two they have removable media)

DVD recorders. Quality often not as good, the recording time isn't great and although you are going to straight to DVD, undoubtly you will copy it to a computer to edit it, and then back to a full size DVD. Nice to have removable media but you have to be careful when lugging the media. Still the media is fairly cheap to run. and cameras are often cheaper too.

DV recorders, The best quality recorders are DV. (although there are all levels of quality) The tapes are fairly cheap and can be reused lots. The tapes are small and robust when travelling. The quality is excellent.

Mrs Young ended up with a panasonic camera which is an excellent camera. Panasonic PV-GS300 although maybe a bit much for most
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 5:43:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By al_bundy:

Originally Posted By captainpooby:
Go mini DV tape. It takes me about ten minutes to get a video on youtube.



I have zero knowledge about camcorders but what is the best way to upload? Firewire or usb2?

I think the usb2 is faster, isn't it?



Firewire. Don't know if USB2 is faster but firewire is the standard method for video and uploads at real time. Most stand alone, VCR type, DVD burners have a firewire port for straight uploads as well.

I use USB for still photo uploads.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 7:21:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By captainpooby:

Originally Posted By al_bundy:

Originally Posted By captainpooby:
Go mini DV tape. It takes me about ten minutes to get a video on youtube.



I have zero knowledge about camcorders but what is the best way to upload? Firewire or usb2?

I think the usb2 is faster, isn't it?



Firewire. Don't know if USB2 is faster but firewire is the standard method for video and uploads at real time. Most stand alone, VCR type, DVD burners have a firewire port for straight uploads as well.

I use USB for still photo uploads.


She bought a sony DVcamera today. Along with the firewire hub.
This one I believe:


mrs
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 7:30:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/3/2007 7:31:15 PM EST by bicho]
PANASONIC PV-GS180



You'll love it i promise!
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 7:35:30 PM EST
So is your oldest old enough that we should start looking for her vids online soon?
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 7:43:23 PM EST
I did a lot of research before buying my wife a Canon Elura 100 for Christmas.

Every review site I found said it was the best value for under $500. (I paid $350 at Worst Buy). We're very happy with it. (It's MiniDV)

Good Luck!
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 7:49:53 PM EST

Originally Posted By Sagus:
I did a lot of research before buying my wife a Canon Elura 100 for Christmas.

Every review site I found said it was the best value for under $500. (I paid $350 at Worst Buy). We're very happy with it. (It's MiniDV)

Good Luck!


I wonder if that is the other one the guy today recommended.
We went in 3 times in total.....
2 out of 3 recommended the sony....1 of those 2 recommended either the sony or the cannon....
but the cannon was a bit more...and had a few features she DIDNT want.

mrs
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 8:02:42 PM EST
I have a Canon Optura Xi that runs on DV. It's a little older model, but it still kicks ass. I would reccomend anything from the Optura line of canon. On that same note I think your best bet is to go something Hi-Def. Sony makes a few sub $1,000.00 HD 3 CCD cameras.
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