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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
Hi

My grandmother has a camcorder with 60Gb hard drive on it and there is about 36GB worth of movies on there. I am trying to burn it all to disk but that is going to take around 9 dvds and about a month of sundays to do it!

I was wondering if there was a quicker and more economical way to transfer the files (which are MPEG at the mo) rather than just ripping and burning. The files have to be able to be played seamlessly on a normal DVD player which is why I haven't been able to do much with it.

I'm usually pretty good at this kind of thing but its taken me hours just to work out how to put a few of the files onto disk at a time and have ended up using my own laptop to do it rather than their old PC.

Help would be much appreciated :-)
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Transfer it to the PC, via firewire cable?
#2
does your granny also go skateboarding? My granmother reads the bible and listens to the 'wireless'
#3
You will have some dvd software bundled on your laptop, mine has roxio movie creator. Use the wizard and add files... Yes it will take a few hours for the transfer and burn rate is never that hot and takes up a lot of ram while working so set it goping and go make your tea etc..

If you have no software bundled goole some free burning software I tend to use IMGBurn but this is less user friendly than you need. The Roxio type stuff puts on pretty menus and stuff for your gran. :)
#4
The best option that I can think of is to buy or use if you already have one, a hdd caddy, transfer all the files to that and then burn at your leisure, you should be able to pick up a 80gb caddy for between 30-50 pounds hope this helps :thumbsup: dont know what kind of dvd player your gran has but some have a usb port on and will play files direct from the caddy so need to burn them either!
#5
thanks for the ideas so far...

my gran likes to keep up to date with things since shes been working in local government.

just burned 200 odd files to disk only to find they won't play on a dvd player.

Roxio just freaks out everytime i use it and windows dvd maker will only do a max of 99 files (and there are 1800!!!)

is it better to transfer them all to my laptop first and then burn them to disk? i've tried a couple of ways
#6
the transfer rate will be quicker when burning straight from the laptop instead of from the camcorder to disc via the laptop. :thumbsup:
#7
wundress
thanks for the ideas so far...

my gran likes to keep up to date with things since shes been working in local government.

just burned 200 odd files to disk only to find they won't play on a dvd player.

Roxio just freaks out everytime i use it and windows dvd maker will only do a max of 99 files (and there are 1800!!!)

is it better to transfer them all to my laptop first and then burn them to disk? i've tried a couple of ways


Will your grans dvd player play divx files? if it does then download divx player from the web, then burn the files with that, its dead easy, simply put a blank dvd in and drag and drop the files into the blank disc area then hit burn job done, its also the quickest burning software that I know of, I use it all the time again hope this helps
#8
well i have downloaded about a million different programmes and none of them work. Well they will upload the files a few at a time but then they wont recognise the DVDs in the drive even though I know I've got the right ones and that they work. Either that they will burn the DVD and then it wont play on a regular DVD player.
#9
I'm not technical but like to use my camcorder. I got fed up with waiting for hubby to make the dvd's from the camcorder and then we bought a hard disk dvd recorder. Now i just plug in the camcorder and record everything to the hard disk and then I can split titles, add names and then record to dvd using the hard disk recorder.....easy .... job done :-D
#10
yes that does sound easy but unfortunately that would be just another technology for my grandparents to learn and i can't see that happening somehow! thanks anyway

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