How To Record Camcorder to DVD
Are you a photographer who wants to record your camcorder footage to DVD? If so, this blog post is for you! Today’s tutorial will easily show you how to burn your camcorder videos to DVD. Stay tuned and follow along with us as we walk you through the entire process. You’ll be glad you did!!
What You'll Need
– Your camcorder and its AV cables
– A DVD recorder or computer with a DVD burner installed
– Blank DVDs
– Software for burning DVDs, such as Windows Movie Maker or Nero
– The footage you want to burn to DVD
Step 1: Connect your camcorder to your PC
Connect your camcorder to your computer using the AV cables. Ensure you connect it directly to the computer and not through a surge protector, power strip, or extension cord. This will ensure that no additional noise is introduced into the connection, which can affect the final results of your recording.
Step 2: Download and install DVD burning software.
After the initial setup, you’ll need to install a program that allows you to burn AVCHD or HD videos from your camcorder to a DVD. If you have a newer computer, it already has software installed, including this capability. In our case, Nero Video was automatically included on our new PC and ready for use. If your computer doesn’t have the required software, you can download free 3rd party applications, which will work just fine.
Step 3: Set up recording preferences
When you launch Nero Video to begin the process of burning video to DVD, a screen similar to this will appear. The lower portion shows the videos currently on your PC that can be burned to a DVD. The upper portion of the window provides all of the necessary recording options. Click on the “Record from camcorder” tab and set your preferences as follows:
– Format: Change this from “AVCHD format” to “DVD video.” This will ensure that your footage is converted into a format that can be burned to a DVD.
– Video standard: Leave this set to “PAL.” If you’re not sure what this is, don’t worry about it – leave it as is.
– Recording type: Change this from “Record continuously” to “Split video into chapters.” This will create separate DVD files for each segment of your footage, making it easier to navigate and playback on DVD players.
– Filename: This is where you give your recording a name. We recommend something easy to remember, such as “Trip to the beach 2014.”
– Burn to disc: Select this option and choose the blank DVD you’ll be using for burning your footage.
Select “Next” to continue.
Step 4: Start recording
Now that your preferences are all set, you’re ready to start recording! From this point on, everything will be automatic. You choose the first video clip you want to be recorded and hit the red “Record” button at the bottom of the screen. The DVD burner will automatically burn each chunk of footage onto its own separate DVD file – one file per clip.
Step 5: Finalize your DVD
When you’re finished recording, an option to finalize the discs will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. This basically tells your computer to prepare each disc for playback on a standard DVD player. Click “Yes” to finalize the discs. You must do this before taking your camcorder and discs outside. If you don’t finalize them right now, there’s a chance they won’t play right on your DVD player later (finalizing is required if you want to watch your disc on an actual TV).
When the recording finishes, you’ll have a few completed DVDs, which you can now enjoy!
Now that you know how to burn your camcorder footage to DVD, it’s time to hit the road and start recording those vacation memories! The process is simple, so there’s no need to worry.
If you need to create video DVDs from footage recorded with a camcorder, Nero Video is as good as it gets. Most new computers have this software already installed, so all you have to do is run the program and follow easy instructions for making your own discs. You can also download other free 3rd party programs to accomplish the same task. Just be sure to set the preferences correctly before you start recording. Recording preferences include video format, file name, and several chapters per disc. Then hit the red “Record” button, and Nero Video will take care of the rest!
Q: I'm having trouble finalizing my DVDs. What's wrong?
A: Be sure to finalize your discs after recording by clicking “Yes” in the lower right corner of the screen. If you don’t do this, your discs may not play correctly on a standard DVD player.
Q: Can I watch my recorded DVDs on an actual TV?
A: Yes! If you want to watch your recorded DVDs on an actual TV, you’ll need to finalize them first. This process prepares each disc for playback on a standard DVD player.
Q: The footage I recorded is too long for one DVD. What do I do?
A: Nero Video allows you to split your footage into separate chapters so that it can fit onto multiple DVDs. This is a great option if you have a lot of footage to record. Just be sure to set the “Record type” preference to “Split video into chapters” before you start recording.
Q: I'm having trouble getting my camcorder to connect to my computer. What's wrong?
A: Be sure to check the camcorder’s user manual for instructions on how to connect it to your computer. If you’re still having trouble, contact the manufacturer for support.
Q: I don't have Nero Video installed on my computer. What can I do?
A: There are many free 3rd party alternatives you can download and use for this process. Just make sure they allow you to create video DVDs and record your camcorder footage in the same way we’ve described above.
Q: I'm getting a message that says, "This disc is not DVD-video compatible." What does this mean?
A: This means that your recorded footage will not play correctly on a standard DVD player. Some of the most common causes include: 1) Finalizing is not enabled 2) Video input settings are not correct 3) Your camcorder uses a non-standard recording format 4) You have chosen the wrong burn speed when burning discs