Without getting into much detail about where I work, we currently have a program where people, who are away from their families, read books while being recorded on a mini-DVD camcorder. This is extremely easy from a staffing standpoint where we require almost no intervention. The user goes into a room with a camcorder and book, records their session, then the camcorder automatically finalizes the DVD and it's ready to be played in a DVD player. We then mail both book and DVD to their family so that the children can read along.
Unfortunately, the DVD camcorder is pretty much obsolete at this point. The camcorders are getting more and more difficult to source and we really need to move to a different platform. Though physical media (particularly DVD's) are arguably starting to phase out, we need to be able to provide a easy stand-alone solution that will require very little to no staff intervention. As much as we'd like to go to a fully digital and online service, we have very severe bandwidth limitations and it is simply not possible to upload the video's to the internet. Furthermore, we cannot require the user to have to create an account for either the upload or retrieval of the video (which pretty much eliminates any service I can think of.)
I'm looking for help in coming up with a new way to allow this program to continue. From my initial research, my head is leaning towards a new camcorder platform that records to SD. That way, we can purchase bulk cheap SD cards, and send them with a USB SD card reader. This does drive costs up almost 10 fold. Where before we'd only have to purchase blank mini-DVD's, we now have to purchase 2GB SD cards and the USB reader, which is roughly $10 per use vs less than $1 per mini-DVD.
I'm completely open to any and all suggestions. I think ideally we'd like to stick to something that will record directly to DVD as a stand alone product (i.e. no computer needed), but am open to other mediums. The biggest concerns would be bandwidth, no requirement for the user to create an account, and cannot take any more time for staff than our current solution.
I think that this is the appropriate forum for this, but admins please move if necessary.
Thanks in advance!