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|Originally posted by potus
I don't have any direct experience here, but I should mention that you CAN'T get lossless transfer from Mini-DV to DVD, even with Firewire. While they are both digital encodings, they are different. Mini-DV records at a much greater Mbps rate. I believe Mini-DV does NOT use an MPEG-based encoding scheme, so does not compress the video as much.. At the very least, a re-encode will be needed when transfering to DVD. I'm not sure if such an analog-less transfer can even be done on DVD-recorders with Firewire. I suspect the Firewire is used merely for synchronizing control of the camera and recorder, with the actual video signal transferred via s-video...
To get a true all-digital transfer, I think you would have to transfer the DV data to a PC, and then author a DVD using appropriate software that can decode the DV format and re-encode to DVD/MPEG.
Having said that, I would expect that you should get excellent results recording via S-video, in spite of the analog steps in the process. The miniDV should produce really good analog video, and this should record quite well..
Thanks for the quick response!
That was my main concern because the E-80 was missing the firewire input, and plan to convert my mini-dv tapes to DVD. The Hard Drive is also an important feature that I want.
I own the e80, and have a miniDV camera on order. Will comment further when I get a chance to try it out myself...
|Originally posted by bad1550
Well, I took the plunge and ordered the DMR-E80 online for $525 (Includes shipping and no tax)