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I really need help finding a deal on software for minidv to dvd conversion

GandalfNYC 705 April 28, 2006 at 09:13 PM
I just traded an old computer for a SONY minidv camcorder. What's the easiest way to transfer minidv video/audio from the camcorder to the pc and then to a dvd that will play in a dvd player? It seems like an involved and complicated process, but surely there must be a good program that can handle all of the steps involved.

What are the best and cheapest programs available that can do this?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Smilie
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Nero 6
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I know that there is some sort of encoding process to convert minidv video to mpeg2 before it can then be burned to DVD. Also, I have to be able to get the video to my computer before I can do anything at all with it.

I doubt Nero 6 can do all that... but if somehow it can, then please explain Smilie

Here's an example of how complicated it can be:
(from http://www.camcorderinfo.com/bbs/t112471.html)


"I create DVD's from MiniDV using this basic method:

1. Transfer my video data from my camcorder to my computer as DV-AVI files via Firewire which is also called i.Link or IEEE 1394. Because various software can "encode" your video to various undesired formats it is best to transfer the video in its highest quality which is DV-AVI. I use WinDV to do the transfer it can be downloaded at: http://windv.mourek.cz/ or another utility that works well is DVIO: http://www.carr-engineering.com/dvio.htm . Both programs are small and free.

2. Edit the .AVI file in editor as desired. I have used a variety of editors from Windows Movie Maker to Sony Vegas 5.

3. Save edited file as a DV AVI file when finished editing.

4. Import the edited .AVI file to a DVD Authoring program (which encodes .AVI to MPEG-2, makes menus, creates file structures then writes DVD)."


I don't want to go through such a huge hassle though... so I ask again - What's the easiest way to transfer minidv video/audio to a dvd that will play in a dvd player? What are the best and cheapest programs available that can handle all of the steps involved?
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I'd appreciate some help here... anyone?
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Nero does all of that. It will capture the video and then in a separate step it will burn it to DVD.
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Go to www.vcdhelp.com they have guides to convert any media. They usually have links to free software for each conversion
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Nero does all of that. It will capture the video and then in a separate step it will burn it to DVD.
Thanks for the support, you know what you're talking about, as do I Smilie
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