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beginner camcorder option to record 2 hr sermons twice a week

can you suggest a a decent entry level camcorder that with possible option to transfer the media quickly to external drive or dvd?

the regular camera is not able hold long speeches... (memory issues)... we can get bigger memory,but wondering for any better transfer options.

the concept is for a new small church where people are going to ask for recordings later.. so if they can be transfered to dvd or external drive, it can be duplicated or uploaded to youtube..

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Gregory MillerGeneral ManagerCommented:
Possibly the cheapest and quickest to allow for mass replication is to take a standard camera with an A/V out port directly into a DVD Recorder. This allow you to bypass the obligatory data transfer from the memory card. You can get a camera with good resolution and decent feature set for a few hundred dollars and and DVD recorder is about the same. I would think with a tripod, you could do this for less than $600.

The benefit is that you can take the DVD and drop it into your duplicator immediately and thus have a good quantity of DVD play ready discs to hand out, sell, or whatever by the time your people are walking out of the church.

The YouTube upload will always be the same. Cannot really speed that up much without investing in some post production tools to compress and/or edit the video before uploading.
25112Author Commented:
thanks for the idea of using reg camera..

can you suggest a link for all the items (camera, cable, dvd writer) you describe that may fit in the range of 600$ as you mentioned..

also, would it make better sense to write to an external disk first instead of a dvd.. and then make copies to dvd from exernal drive as needed?

below are some items i was looking at.. if you have better suggestion for the above purpose, kindly share links of other products that may fit better.

Gregory MillerGeneral ManagerCommented:
Really, the products you use are going to boil down to what you like for the price you can afford. I would love to tell you to buy this, this and this and you would be all set but the reason why I will not is that every camera will have a different output quality as does every recorder. It is in your best interests to take this information to a place like Best Buy or some other retail type store to lay hands on the devices and see exactly what you are going to be getting. I think this will save you frustration and time lost due to quality of output factors. Do not feel compelled to buy retail and take your search for specific products back to the web to see if you can get better pricing.

As for the products list above, you have USB devices listed. When I suggest a direct input, I mean using an HDMI or RCA video out connection to the video input connection of a standard DVD recorder. The DVD recorder is the type you connect to a TV, not computer. I think this might cover the HD question as well since you were thinking of taking this to a computer via USB.

Here is what I have and it works well for me...
Camera I chose because it was small and it seems nearly indestructible with no moving parts. I am hard on equipment...
Cable is usually included with most cameras but I am showing it here for clarity
DVD Recorder w/HDD. I have this one because I wanted the HDD buffer but not required
Just DVD Recorder( no HDD)
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25112Author Commented:

i have taken down the references you have suggested.

Now, if you would feed the DVD recorder or HDD directly from a camcorder, what will be different in what has been explained? let's say, for an example: sony HDR-CX220.
Gregory MillerGeneral ManagerCommented:
You will end up with a CD or DVD ready to mass produce. You do not have to transfer the video from the memory card to a computer to burn. I was designing for quickest to mass production and keep expense to minimum.
25112Author Commented:

so in essence, either with COOLPIX AW110 or HDR-CX220, the result will be the same, right? (we skip the memory card part and directly load to a DVD) ....
sony HDR-CX220 - > http://www.magnavox.com/product/feature.php?id=116

if i already had a AW110, then I all set to go.. but if I have to buy one, then would you suggest getting a camera over a camcorder will still be a added benefit?

2) you mentioned about the HDD buffer in the DVD recorder.. how does it practically help you?
Gregory MillerGeneral ManagerCommented:
Camcorders usually have an AV output. The gotcha is that not all send the video capture directly to the AV out port. Many only use that as a playback. Simple to test, hook the AV cable to a TV and turn it on. If you see the video, you are definitely good to go.
25112Author Commented:
thanks a lot! very helpful.

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