Camcorder DVD and Mini DVD Format:
Get the Best Performance from Your DVD's!
The camcorder DVD and Mini DVD
format is for you if you want a simple way to
store and playback your video footage immediately after shooting it..!
Here some ways to get the most out of your DVD discs…!
A few years back the DVD was one of the most popular formats used as digital video recording media for camcorders. DVD camcorders are still sold and used today and are excellent video cameras.
In this article we
will look at the Camcorder DVD and Mini DVD format by going over some of
the things you should know... and can do... That will ensure that you get the best
performance from your DVD camcorder...
And... this particular type of digital camera storage media in general.
Some General Tips for Optimal DVD and Mini DVD Performance...
are some tips that will help you keep your DVD camcorder working at a high
Tip #1: Keep
DVDs and Mini DVDs away from high humidity and temperature environments...
factors can negatively affect the DVD and can cause recording and playback
Tip #2: Clean
your DVD only with a soft, lint-free cloth as you don't want to scratch the
use a tissue, paper towel, or old rag to clean a DVD. Any
one of these can possibly scratch the DVD surface. Scratches
on the disc can cause the laser beam to skip and result in whole sections of
the DVD not being able to be read by your recording or playback equipment.
Tip #3: Keep both your camcorder and DVD player clean and free of any dust or dirt. Set up a cleaning schedule and clean it often.
can buy special cleaning discs that you can just pop into your player or
camcorder to clean the laser lenses and... compressed air is also useful to clean out
any dust or foreign matter that gets into the drive systems.
One Cause of DVD "Mystery Failures"...
This is an important one concerning the playback of DVDs… and can cause a lot of "mystery" failures…
you want to label your DVDs do not use glue-on DVD labels as they tend to
heat as the disc is played causing the label to "pull" and warp the
adversely affects the DVDs balance and will give you a poor recording and/or
a lot of cases, if the DVD is warped, you may get no playback at all! The
label may also peel off and damage the camcorder or DVD player internally. If
you've ever had a hard time getting a CD or DVD out of your player make sure
that the label (if it's a glue-on one) is not the culprit.
To label a disc, use a soft felt tip pen or marker
and write only on the top of the disc or use a "printable" DVD
that will allow you to print your label directly
on to the disc with the use of a special printer adapter.
Some of the newer high end printers have this
capability built-in or you can buy an add-on unit for a lot of the printers that are currently on the market.
If you know that you are going to produce a fair number of CDs or
DVDs it would be a good idea to look into this capability on a printer the next
time you're in the market for one.
can tell you from experience that I have "saved" some DVDs that had
glue-on labels and have gotten them to work again by carefully removing the
label. But… It
can be a very exacting and
time-consuming project as you can easily damage the DVD in the process.
So a word to the wise… Bypass all of that and don't use glue-on labels...!
The Advantages of the Camcorder DVD and Mini DVD Format...
are some of the advantages you will find in DVD and Mini DVD camcorders...
that use DVDs are usually full featured, small, rugged and light. With an emphasis on... Full-Featured and Rugged!
a DVD camcorder you have the ability to directly access scenes... Whereas.. if you shoot on videotape you must wind or rewind the tape to the scene you
want to view.
- The DVD camcorder is superior to video tape, as far as enhanced video and audio capabilities and in durability... Especially if you're using Blu–ray discs! In
fact... the re-recordable RW or RAM DVDs can be recorded and re-recorded on thousands
- Making multiple copies is far more convenient since the video footage is already
captured on the original DVD. Also.. You can view your work immediately by playing back the video
in your camcorder or on your DVD Player.
DVD and mini DVD is also suited for long term archival use. It's a great storage medium. Compact, rugged and easy to secure. Most
DVD manufacturers specify a 30-50 year (or more) life expectancy for high quality discs if taken care of properly.
plus is that the picture quality of a DVD is better in terms of resolution
than standard tape since
your footage is already digitized and doesn't have to be converted. To edit your video footage you
can capture it to your video editing software directly from the camera using your computer's USB or Firewire connection or you
can pop the finalized disc from your camcorder into your computer's DVD drive
and save the video file to the computer folder of your choice.
- The advantage of DVD over tape is that videotape
(of any kind including Mini DV tape) is vulnerable to heat, stretching and electrical fields... Also
the many small moving parts inside a videotape cassette can wear out or jam
causing the tape to break. The
videotape camcorder (Large or Mini) has a far more intricate transport system than the DVD
camcorder and that just increases the chances of camera failure. The older large videotape
players are not common these days and Mini DV tape Is mainly geared to be captured to your computer and then viewed .
Some Drawbacks When Using the DVD and Mini DVD Format…
The drawbacks using this type of media format are
- The video footage shot with a DVD camcorder is highly compressed
which makes for a lower quality video resolution than most of the newer high
definition types of formats.
is also more difficult and time consuming to import and edit video from a DVD
in some types of video editing software due to the type of video compression that is used.
Is This Type of Video Camera Format Best for You?
Video cameras that use the DVD or Mini DVD format are best for those who want to do…
little or no video editing of their footage.
short videos and/or…
the convenience of being able to shoot their videos, finalize the disc, and
play it back immediately on their computer or DVD player.
DVD camcorders are now very reasonably priced and you can pick up a very
full-featured camera for not a whole lot of money!
I hope this data on the camcorder Mini-DVD format
will help you care for your disks...
So that they can give you the long life and reliability that they are intended for…!
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