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Old 04-22-07, 04:13 PM
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Bare with me as I'm unsure of the information you need to help me, if possible. I borrowed my step-sons camcorder with little to no instruction on how to operate it. I have recorded some movie footage on a Sony Handycam model DCR-DVD105 which uses, what I've come to understand, 8cm DVD's. The specific DVD's I purchased are Sony DVD-RW and I have four of them with footage. Apparently I have captured the movies in .VRO format unbeknownst to me at the time of recording. My goal is to take this footage, edit it for content as needed and be able to play them on a projector of some sort, if possible, or at least in a common home DVD player/TV setup. I'm not so concerned with editing but would at least like to play them on something other than the camcorder, which is all I can seem to do. I've "finalized" each DVD-RW disc in the camcorder as the Sony manual instructs and cannot get my less than a year old, high-end Dell computer or even my home DVD player to "read" the discs and play them. What good is a camcorder that "tapes" footage that I can't even watch? Can I transfer the footage from the 8cm discs onto the standard 12cm discs and then be able to put it into either my computers DVD tray or my home DVD player and then be able to watch the movies I've recorded? If so, I can't figure out how and would need detailed instructions for doing such. The items I have, included with the camcorder, are a A/V connecting cable and a USB cable. However, the USB cable appears not to have a receptacle on the camcorder for its use and the manual show that this is only compatible on the DCR-DVD305 and 755 models. So why would Sony include this if it's not usable on this model? How do I make these movies viewable on standard equipment?
 
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Old 04-22-07, 04:24 PM
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Please note I've also posted this issue in Photography since I'm unsure where, exactly, would be best.

Bare with me as I'm unsure of the information you need to help me, if possible. I borrowed my step-sons camcorder with little to no instruction on how to operate it. I have recorded some movie footage on a Sony Handycam model DCR-DVD105 which uses, what I've come to understand, 8cm DVD's. The specific DVD's I purchased are Sony DVD-RW and I have four of them with footage. Apparently I have captured the movies in .VRO format unbeknownst to me at the time of recording. My goal is to take this footage, edit it for content as needed and be able to play them on a projector of some sort, if possible, or at least in a common home DVD player/TV setup. I'm not so concerned with editing but would at least like to play them on something other than the camcorder, which is all I can seem to do. I've "finalized" each DVD-RW disc in the camcorder as the Sony manual instructs and cannot get my less than a year old, high-end Dell computer or even my home DVD player to "read" the discs and play them. What good is a camcorder that "tapes" footage that I can't even watch? Can I transfer the footage from the 8cm discs onto the standard 12cm discs and then be able to put it into either my computers DVD tray or my home DVD player and then be able to watch the movies I've recorded? If so, I can't figure out how and would need detailed instructions for doing such. The items I have, included with the camcorder, are a A/V connecting cable and a USB cable. However, the USB cable appears not to have a receptacle on the camcorder for its use and the manual show that this is only compatible on the DCR-DVD305 and 755 models. So why would Sony include this if it's not usable on this model? How do I make these movies viewable on standard equipment?
 
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Old 04-22-07, 04:45 PM
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You need an A/V card to plug the camcorder into..
Don't you just love Sony? Nothing they make is standard to anything else..
 
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Old 04-22-07, 05:31 PM
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Please explain. I'm a great mechanic but not much of a techie with home appliances/computers. What is an A/V card and where does it go and where do I buy one and how much would I expect to pay? If it requires an installation into the computer, I'm not so sure I want to do this. Could my local Geek Squad help me, if needed?
 
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Old 04-22-07, 06:07 PM
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Look here..
http://www.digitalriver.com/v2.0-img/operations/pinncle/site/353004/studio-chart.html
 
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I wish I had good news for you but you need to do a bit of work to convert the VRO format to a useable one.

This is not my area of expertise but a quick search shows that you need to use a program to convert the files.
http://www.soft32.com/download_10714.html
http://www.soft29.com/dvd_video/video_converter/avs_video_tools.html

I don't know why Sony does this!
My brother in law bought a Sony video camera similar to yours and had the same problem.
He made a four disk video of his neice's wedding and had a bear of a time putting it together.
My son the computer programmer wound up finishing it for him.

Also, maybe a video capture card like AxlMyk suggested would grab the analog signal.
 
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Old 04-22-07, 09:17 PM
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you will need an a/v capture card to get the program to your computer. cant you use the a/v cable to hook to a vcr,or tivo,or dvd burner?
 
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Old 04-23-07, 03:49 PM
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An A/V card is an audio/video capture card that goes into a PCI slot inside your computer, plug your camcorder into, playback the video on the camcorder, and the a/v card should come with the software necessary to encode the video to a different format.

A/V cards can be bought on eBay, computergeeks.com, newegg.com and many other computer parts stores.

This looks like what you need: Don't have to install anything internally.
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=USBAV-701&cat=VCD

Nero version 6 and above should be able to burn the video onto dvd. You could probably find some free software at Sourceforge.net
 
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Old 04-23-07, 06:18 PM
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Thank you all that have responded. I've had little time to explore my options and less time to get my final product completed but I've simply used the included A/V cable and since I have no DVD recording capability on my home player, I have transfered (if that's the correct terminology) the footage of concern to my VHS player/recorder. While the quality is reminescent of ten year old pornos, I've at least got something I can play at my function which will get my message across. Again, thanks to all and one final question...So what is the best, reasonably priced camcorder on the market that is simple to operate and transfer to a usable medium? Details please as far as brand(s) recommended, recording format, etc. I simply want to record some movies and easily be able to take the medium and pop it in my DVD player and watch what I've just recorded. Or, are the days of the VHS simplicity long gone?
 
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Old 04-23-07, 06:53 PM
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I use my Kodak digital camera.. Takes pretty good movies, but certainly not the highest quality.. They are .mov files and are played using Quicktime..
It all depends on what you want to spend, and what quality you want..
 
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Ummmm....i'm kinda wondering how you know what a 10 year old porno movie looks like?
 
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