Answer Best answer as chosen by user kitmandamian
I know I am late to this
and Bob's doing great... but a little on the process flow I *think* may be appropriate.
First some preliminaries:
The Sharp VL-A10 is an analog video, 8mm tape format recorder. You know this. From the thread so far here, I can't tell if you want to archive the original video or just make DVD playable video.
If you want to archive the original video, then yes, single layer blank DVDs can hold up to 4.7 gig of data making low-compression, DV format (standard definition) video challenging to store as this format uses upwards of 13-14 gig per hour of video. Even blank double layer DVDs can hold up to 8.5 gig... in either case, these discs containing DV format video will not be useful in a regular DVD player.
AVI files are merely "containers" for computer readable media files. Inside the container, there can be high definition, standard definition, less than standard definition, and other types of video formats. A high amount of compression applied to the media file in the AVI container is likely the cause of the poor video you see. If there is someway to reduce the compression getting into the AVI file, the quality will improve and the AVI file will get larger.
I won't deal with Motion JPEG files here...
Connectivity and process:
Connect the VL-A10's AV-out to the Dazzle's AV-in. Connect the Dazzle to the computer's USB port.
Import the video at best quality - in this case as DV format.
This DV format video can be imported to a video editor (like MovieMaker) for editing or adding titles, scene transitions, etc. if you want to do that. If editing is not required, then export the project as a high-quality, low compression file. This will be used as the source file for a DVD authoring application. Exporting this video will take a while - depending on your computer's CPU.
The DVD authoring application's job is to provide the user with the ability to create scene section menu items and customized backgrounds and add an audio track to the menu... and transcode the video to a format that a "regular" DVD player can use. These are compressed VOB files. When ready, burn the DVD using the DVD authoring tool. Insert the blank DVD to the computer and let the DVD Authoring tool render the compressed video out. Basically, each frame is rendered so this is also very CPU intensive and can take a long time.
A single layer blank DVD can hold up to 120 minutes of standard definition, VOB format, video.
A double layer blank DVD cab hold up to 240 minutes of standard definition, VOB format, video.
In order to accommodate menus and other "scene selection" customization, I generally reduce the "main" video enough to allow data space on the disc for the menu customization. Many times, the main video does not fill the disc so reserving space is not really needed - but just something to watch for.
Once the DVD is burned, the computer will announce it is done. Eject the disc and play it in a regular DVD player connected to a TV... or use whatever DVD player you have in the computer for playback.
Using an external standalone DVD writer skips the computer import and DVD authoring tool elements. The writer hardware used will depend on the disc format used.
And I'll take a breath here...
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