Having trouble finding
a DVD service that
can offers digital camcorder
to DVD transfer to Flash, Mini DVD, and hard drive video
cameras? The reason is
simple: transferring these types of camcorders is not
easy. Unlike tapes, which all function similarly during a video
transfer to digital, it can be more difficult to transfer video
from camcorder types containing digital memory. Many companies
just don't think they're worth the trouble.
But congrats: you've found Timeless
DVD! We have spent significant time working with
many standard-definition digital camcorders, and
we aren't afraid to figure out how new ones work. Unlike many
video services, we're ready to progress with technology! On
this page, we briefly describe considerations for digital
When planning a DVD video conversion,
keep in mind that most standard-definition camcorders come
in a few flavors: hard drive, Flash memory, Mini DVD, and
Mini DV. (We handle Mini DV as part of our DVD transfer service.)
The majority of these cameras, no matter what the storage
type, write to a codec called MPEG-2, the same type
used in DVDs.
The drawback to MPEG-2 video is that it is a compressed
video file format. If you make an edit on a compressed file and
then recompress it, quality can quickly be degraded. Therefore,
any DVD service that works with MPEG-2 video from a digital
camcorder needs to be conscious of this as part of their conversion
However, it's not always apparent whether MPEG-2 video
is used. For example, Sony camcorders DO present their
files with the ".mpg"
extension. But on JVC, Panasonic, and Canon camcorders, videos
may appear with a ".mod" extension.
These files are also MPEG-2 files, but require a bit more conversion
work and examination.
Timeless DVD is fully experienced with MPEG-2 files of all container
formats. We can edit them and preserve their original quality by
using a professional MPEG-2 editor such as Womble Video Wizard.
We can keep your original aspect ratio, whether it's full or widescreen.
Once we figure out your exact camcorder, we can easily convert
Mini DVD discs, compile Flash files, or transfer a hard
drive camcorder to DVD.
Notice that we said "most" camcorders write to
MPEG-2 files. A few camcorders (primarily Samsung) create H.264
or MPEG-4 files instead. This is a completely different type
of codec; a very good one, capable of twice the efficiency of
MPEG-2 and geared to Internet video compatibility. However, it
is supported by very few editing programs.
Unlike camcorders the write MPEG-2 files, in whatever proprietary
container, H.264/MPEG-4 files must be fully encoded before they
can be authored to DVD. This is why we charge an additional fee
for these types of camcorder files.
If your camcorder uses H.264 or MPEG-4, we will first organize
your files by content and chronology. If editing
is needed, we will use MPEG Streamclip, which does not degrade
the original MPEG-4 file. We will then use one of our
professional-caliber software encoders, such as Cinema Craft encoder
or MainConcept (the same encoders used by Hollywood).
is done with Adobe DVD Encore, and the files are burned onto
Taiyo Yuden discs. The discs are printed via the award-winning
Primera Bravo disc printer. Our DVD covers are created
on Epson printers, and combined with one of our sixteen
available DVD cases.
Digital camcorder DVD
conversion is not simple. Working with these
files requires an ability to problem-solve on a regular basis.
But rest assured: Timeless DVD, and our video to DVD services,
is up to the task!