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Hi. I have a Sony Handycam HDR-XR160 camera and I would like

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Hi. I have a Sony Handycam HDR-XR160 camera and I would like to connect it to my dvd re-writer player so that I can produce a dvd pretty much instantly after I have finished filming a basketball game....ie write it to the dvd as I film! How can I do that please?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Michelle replied 3 years ago.
Michelle :

Hi, My name is ***** ***** i will be assisting you

Michelle :

please let me know that do you have a standalone dvd burner or you have a dvd burner on your computer

Customer:

I have a stand alone dvd player/dvd writer. I can record dvd's from the tv on this machine and want to know if I can record dvd's straight from my Sony Handycam camera

Michelle :

yes sure

Michelle :

i will list the steps

Customer:

Ok, thankyou

Michelle :

Connect the Handycam to the stand-alone DVD burner with the USB cable, inserting the plug on one end into the port on the back edge of the camcorder and the other end into a USB port on the stand-alone burner

Michelle :

Insert a blank DVD in the stand-alone burner and close the tray.

Michelle :

Press the "Menu" button on the Handycam to review the available video files. Highlight and click the desired files for burning to DVD, using the up and down arrow keys on the camcorder.

Michelle :

Press the "Record" button on the stand-alone DVD player to transfer the selected video files from the Handycam to the DVD.

Michelle :

try the steps and do let me know if you face any difficulty

Customer:

The standalone DVD writer doesn't have a usb port. It has scart connections and the yellow/red/white leads (sorry I don't know what they are called!)

Michelle :

let me know the make and model of the dvd writer

Customer:

It is a dvd player that also writes to dvd's. It's a Samsung DVD-R149 (RAM-RW-R multi format recording)

Michelle :

ok let me check the specifications

Michelle :

give me a moment here

Michelle :

thanks for your patience

Michelle :

i was checking the port information of the writer

Michelle :

yes its correct that is has the video connectors but not a usb connector

Michelle :

now to be able to burn directly from handycam to standlone burner there should be a way to connect these 2 devices

Michelle :

unfortunately the dvd writer model you have does not have a usb port

Customer:

That is correct.....just scart connections and the yellow/red/white leads

Michelle :

so in this case its a hardware limitation and it will not be possible to burn directly

Customer:

The camera has a hdmi out port, will that connect?

Michelle :

what you can do is connect your handycam to computer and burn discs on computer

Michelle :

i can give you the steps for that

Michelle :

no the hdmi port will not connect

Michelle :

hope you understand that due to hardware limitation of the dvd player it is not possible to burn directly from handycam to player

Customer:

We already burn dics via the computer and it takes ages! We wanted to be able to record the basketball game and effectively have a dvd within minutes of the end of the game....in the same way that years ago you could record onto video tape in a video camera, take the video tape out and instantly play it on a video recorder/tv!

Michelle :

in that case, the other option would be to go for a new disc burner that has usb port

Michelle :

let me check if there is any converter availble

Michelle :

give me a minute here

Customer:

Ahh I was just about to ask you that!

Michelle :

another minute here

Michelle :

just checking

Michelle :

i am sorry but have just cross checked my resources

Michelle :

an anlaog to digital converter for this mode of connection is not possible or available

Michelle :

you will have to either continue burning via pc or go in for a burner that has usb port

Customer:

Can I connect the Sony Handycam to a separate dvd writer unit?

Michelle :

yes you can

Michelle :

once with a usb port

Michelle :

yes you can

Customer:

There are a number listed on amazon so apart from the usb connector should I be looking for anything else?

Michelle :

the handycam can beconnected via usb to any other writer

Customer:

are these writers instant? ie write to the disk as you film?

Michelle :

no...once a film is saved the you can write it

Michelle :

its never a side by side burning

Michelle :

not even on the current player that you have

Michelle :

all of them would burn from saved copies once you have completed recording

Customer:

so you have to finish filming and then write to the disk??

Michelle :

yes exactly

Customer:

oh dear. is there any any way that i can do side by side filming?

Michelle :

no unfortunately that sort of technology has not been invented yet

Customer:

or....how long does it take to write to a disk after the filming has finished? on the computer it takes hours and hours as it has to render the footage first!

Michelle :

it would not take that much time from handycam to writer directly as in computer a software is involved in between that takes time to sync

Customer:

so in your opinion if a film was say 1.5 hours long, how long would it then take to write across to a dvd via a usb connected writer?

Michelle :

honestly i have never done that but yes should take 50% less time as minimum or maybe even more faster

Michelle :

it depends totally on the resolution and quality of the video

Customer:

Ahh ok....more investigation to be done I think!

Michelle :

i would suggest rather than buying it online,check out at an electronics store

Michelle :

they do have on display players and maybe you can carry yoir handycam and a disc along and try burninga short 10-15 min video

Customer:

Thankyou I will

Michelle :

that would give you a best idea

Michelle :

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Customer:

Thankyou for your help I'm much clearer about it now

Michelle :

you are welcome

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