If capturing special memories on video is important to you, then so will the ability to be able to save them in a format that you can view or send to friends and family. The Sony range of camcorders are extremely popular, but unfortunately older models will sometimes not be compatible with modern home TV equipment. A lot of the old generation Sony recorders record film footage to a disc within the device and some Sony camcorders use defunct DVD-size discs which are still not readable in standard DVD players. Then of course there are those which use the tinier minidisc format which is fast becoming obsolete.
However, all is not lost as it’s possible for home users to copy all sorts of Sony disc types onto a DVD recorder nowadays – and all you need is a few items that can be bought from high street electronics stores. You just need a few video cables and the rest is easy as this article will show. It should not take too long as they only time you need to spend depends on how long your video footage is. Below is a list of what you will need followed by instructions on how to do it.
What You Will Need:
- Your Sony Camcorder
- DVD Recorder (No particular brand recommended)
- AV Cables
- A Blank DVD (buy more than one just in case you need practice first)
How You Do It
Connect up the ends of white, yellow and red wire cables (these are called the AV jacks). Connect thm to the “AV Out” slots which you can find on the underside or side panel of your Sony camcorder. Once you have done this you can turn the switch above the jacks to the “Reading” position.
Insert the plugs at the other end of the “AV in” jack on the DVD recorder, making sure you match up the colors correctly.
Turn on the equipment and insert the recorded disc into the Sony camcorder, then insert a blank DVD into the DVD burner and close the tray’s media component.
Press the “Save” button on the front panel of the DVD recorder. You must press this button before starting playback on the camcorder, because most DVD recorders take several seconds to initialize and prepare content for burning to disk. If the player starts reading before activation of the DVD recorder it could cause several seconds of the copied film to be lost.
Press the “Play” button on the side of the camcorder near the Sony LCD menu to start playing the recorded video on DVD.
Next press the “Stop” button on the DVD recorder when the film is finished, then simply press the “Menu” button and use the up and the arrow keys to scroll to “Settings”. Now select “Finalize Disc” to end the recording session and encode the DVD. By encoding the DVD you be sure that it will be playable on other equipment outside of the DVD recorder used to make the copy.
Useful Tips & Warnings When Burning DVDs
Make sure that you only every use the DC cable that runs from the Sony video recorder when doing your audio and video dubbing. If you do this then you will ensure that the camcorder battery does not die meaning you ruin your attempt to burn the footage to DVD.
Another handy hint is to make sure you switch the Sony and the DVD burning recorder to the off position before you even attempt to connect the AV cables – you don’t want an electric shock.
Finally, never eject the new DVD until the recorder has closed the disk burning session. If you are too hasty then there’s every chance that you could ruin your recording session and end up with a useless DVD.
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