HD Camcorder and burning DVDs - Help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mom2Boys, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Mom2Boys macrumors newbie

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    Please forgive my lack of knowledge in advance!!

    I am purchasing a new camcorder, most likely a Panasonic HC-V500, and will be taking home movies exclusively. When researching this camcorder I saw that it was not supported by Macs, but that there are some work-arounds.

    Can anyone give me, simply, what steps I need to take to do the following:
    1. Preserve the higher quality video afforded by the HD camcorder;
    2. Plug the camcorder into the computer and upload those HD files;
    3. Create a simple DVD playable on blu-ray DVD player (basically just raw footage)

    With my previous (non-HD) camcorder I uploaded the files using iMovie then created a project, shared to iDVD and burned. It took forever and involved more steps than I felt necessary as I did not need to add music, breaks, titles, etc. Further I now get errors in iDVD (apparently because my project is long and I don't have enough space on my hard drive left), and as such, am 3 years behind in DVD-making. I have cleaned off my hard drive as much as possible (no other video is on the internal drive and I don't have any other non-standard programs except Microsoft Office).

    Sorry for the rambling and thank you in advance!
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    DVD is limited to 480p, your camcorder is 1080p capable.

    If it were me I'd skip creating a DVD and just Handbrake to Apple TV 3 format and playback via iTunes. Of course you'd need an HDTV & ATV3 to playback.
     
  3. Mom2Boys thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Blueroom, I do have those electronics, but my home movies are of my family/kids so I do want to create dvd's for future viewing by them, etc. Thanks for the info about the dvd vs camcorder.

    Should I consider a lower "p" camcorder which would obviously be less expensive?
     
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Given that you are successful with 1) and 2), if you want a HD/BR dvd then you will need something like Roxio's Toast and an external HD/BR dvd burner.
    http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/toast/titanium/overview.html
     
  5. Mom2Boys thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Once I have Toast and an external burner, will the burned DVDs play on a separate BluRay dvd player or do I still need some other software? I keep seeing how people have problems with their burned discs playing back.

    Thanks again
     
  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    If you have created a video dvd, and not a data dvd, then it should play back in a standard dvd player. I say "should" because there's always the possibility of a dvd player not recognising/playing a homemade dvd. It's rare, but does happen occasionally.
     

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