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trobinso1

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I am trying to use Plug and Burn to copy DV tapes to DVD. I am using firewire from a sony DV device (TRV730)

I tell it to capture the entire tape but the capture invariably stops part way. The recorder continues playing but nothing is being captured.Stop capture and the dvd is closed and playable but with only part of the tape on it

Capturing into MyDVD captures the whole tape but the file is 18G. Do any of the tools exist in EMC8 Suite to shrink this down to fit on a DVD-R. ie is there a way to do manually what Plug and Burn is supposed to do Automatically? Just put a tape onto a dvd, that is all I want to do .

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

MY machine is a 2.8G Duo core with 4Gbof memoryand 400Gb of drives and firewire.

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I'm not an expert on this and someone may correct me,but if you take that captured file and burn it to an iso file,you should be able to use Disc Copier to put it on a DVD.When you do you tell it "fit to disc" and it should compress it to fit.You will have some loss of quality because of the compression,the larger the file the more compressed it will be and the more loss of quality.

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I am trying to use Plug and Burn to copy DV tapes to DVD. I am using firewire from a sony DV device (TRV730)

I tell it to capture the entire tape but the capture invariably stops part way. The recorder continues playing but nothing is being captured.Stop capture and the dvd is closed and playable but with only part of the tape on it

Capturing into MyDVD captures the whole tape but the file is 18G. Do any of the tools exist in EMC8 Suite to shrink this down to fit on a DVD-R. ie is there a way to do manually what Plug and Burn is supposed to do Automatically? Just put a tape onto a dvd, that is all I want to do .

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

MY machine is a 2.8G Duo core with 4Gbof memoryand 400Gb of drives and firewire.

That 18GB file is propably in avi format which is actually the best format to capture to since it is still basically un-compressed video. I never use Plug & Burn since the program has to capture, render and burn all at the same time. Any interuption can easily lead to problems. If the capture stops part way thru there may be a blank section on the tape and sometimes the capture program will hang especially using plug & burn. A normal DVD a best quality will only hold 60 minutes of video. So if your tape is longer than 60 minutes your will not be able to transfer the whole tape to a DVD using Plug & Burn unless you can reduce the quality setting for capturing and burning to get more then 60 minutes on the DVD.

Capturing to hard drive in avi first, then using myDVD to "burn" that avi file to an ISO file and then using Disc Copier to "shring and burn the iso file to a DVD is the most reliable way to transfer your video from tape to DVD. It might take longer that way but I believe its a more reliable method.

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Capturing from a digital camcorder usually saves to DV AVI. 18gig is just a little over one hour. When you add that DV AVI file to MyDVD, it will be converted and compressed into MPEG 2 to fit a disc.

 

I have the Sony TRV740 8mm digital camcorder, but it has been awhile since I've tried Plug n Burn. I hardly ever capture an entire tape too. I like working with smaller files.

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trobinso1 - Years ago, it was customary to leave a blank spot by rolling the tape forward a little before recording again on the same tape. With digital, this is not a good idea. Digital camcorders encode a time/date stamp on the tape and the capture software expects this signal to be contiguous. If there is a break in the time/stamp, the capture software assumes it is the end of tape and stops. If your tape contains ANY spots like this, then Plug n Burn will only capture to the point of the first break. There is no way around that. Even when you use Media Import, you will have to start the captures manually everytime it stops at one of these spots.

 

My Sony TRV740 has a feature where I can 'roll back' to make sure there is continuity in the time code. This comes in handy when changing a tape in the middle.

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That 18GB file is propably in avi format which is actually the best format to capture to since it is still basically un-compressed video. I never use Plug & Burn since the program has to capture, render and burn all at the same time. Any interuption can easily lead to problems. If the capture stops part way thru there may be a blank section on the tape and sometimes the capture program will hang especially using plug & burn. A normal DVD a best quality will only hold 60 minutes of video. So if your tape is longer than 60 minutes your will not be able to transfer the whole tape to a DVD using Plug & Burn unless you can reduce the quality setting for capturing and burning to get more then 60 minutes on the DVD.

Capturing to hard drive in avi first, then using myDVD to "burn" that avi file to an ISO file and then using Disc Copier to "shring and burn the iso file to a DVD is the most reliable way to transfer your video from tape to DVD. It might take longer that way but I believe its a more reliable method.

 

 

Thanks for the help I finally got 2 of the tapes to DVD. The help here is much appreciated.

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You're welcome! How did you finally get it to work?

 

I followed your advice.

 

Capturing to hard drive in avi first, then using myDVD to "burn" that avi file to an ISO file and then using Disc Copier to "shring and burn the iso file to a DVD is the most reliable way to transfer your video from tape to DVD. It might take longer that way but I believe its a more reliable method.

 

Thanks

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