Sony DCR-DVD 105


Sony DCR-DVD 105

UPDATED: 01/06/07

This is my new toy, the Sony DCR-DVD 105. My wife and I got it as a gift from my in-laws.

Most of the reviews that I read for this product were positive and in CNET.com, the average user rating for this product was 7, which is not bad. What ‘s consistent among all the reviews was the great video, audio quality and its 20x optical zoom. The only problems I read about it were transferring the video and editing the video in the PC. The Sony DCR-DVD 105 doesn’t have a Firewire or USB port coz all files are saved into the DVD and customers complain about the software provided which is Nero Express 6.

I Google searched about this and found suggestions on how to transfer and edit the video files but they didn’t provide a clear solution to it. So what I did was make a short recording using the camcorder, finalized the disc and loaded it into my PC. I looked for the VOB file and copied it into the PC and converted it into a WMV file using WinAVI Video Converter. Then I edited the WMV file using Ulead Video Studio 10.

Transferring files to PC:
1. Load finalized disc into CD-ROM
2. Browse disc and search for VOB or JPEG files
3. Copy & paste to any folder in your hard drive
(VOB files can be opened using Cyberlink PowerDVD or any DVD playing program)

Editing video files in your PC:

You’ll need:
1. video converter
2. video editing software

Steps:
1. Load finalized disc into CD-ROM.
2. Browse through the disc and look for the VOB file/s.
3. Using a video converter, convert the VOB file to AVI, MPEG or WMV file.
4. Edit the file (AVI, MPEG or WMV) using the video editing software.

There are video converters and video editing software that you can download for free. All you have to do is do a search in Google. Another option is todownload the trial version of commercial products. If you’re looking for the Picture Perfect software, leave a comment or contact me and I’ll tell you where you could get it.

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91 Comments

  1. janice

    January 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    I am having a difficult time transferring my handycam recording onto a standard size disk from my computer. My sony dvd model #davfx10 dvd player doesn’t record. I am not very up to date with such things and the reference guide well i am lost.

    Is there another type of recorder/ or player i could use to transfer the dvd105 handycam disk on to another disk. I would like to view and record my grandchildrens recordings.

    please help

  2. gusaie71

    March 14, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    How to link Sony Camcorder miniDVD to the computer for editing and then burning onto normal size DVD? I bear a blotto of MiniDVDs from my Sony Camcorder and I wuld like to delete them on the computer somehow. The included CD is tripe. I necessarily about dear software that will contract this format, blue-pencil it and burn it onto DVD. Whatever it is, refer me! I will learn all suggestions hopefully.

  3. Richard

    February 14, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    I like the idea of the camcorder and just saw one on eBay for a nominal price. But I am wondering about the ¨bulk¨ of it now that we have smaller cameras that I can easily transfer to my computer. We´ll see. Thanks for the review.

  4. Aryana

    January 12, 2010 at 7:17 AM

    It should have finalized your DVD before you ejected it, so you should be able to put it into your computer.. You will have VOB’s files so you wouldn’t be able to edit them.. I have figured out how to convert them to video on a DVD but I am not at home so I can not tell you what I use but will update you when I can.. I suggest you check your DVD and see if you can get the video’s off before you format.. Good luck.

  5. Tracy

    January 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Hi there,
    Could you possibly help with a problem with my DCR-DVD106. I removed the DVD+RW minidisc before finalizing, and now when I put in the DVD to finalize, i’m only being prompted for formatting……can’t view my vid’s anymore, and panicking that they may be lost for good……..

  6. Mrs.G

    October 18, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    hey,
    I have to tell you right off the bat, you’re the only guy so far who has shined a bit o’ lite on this whole…handycam malfunction situation..so THANK YOU! What kinds of software can I use with Windows Vista (coverters and editors)?

  7. Jen Crude

    August 16, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    my files come out to be VRO not VOB and i cannot edit indivdual clips can you help please

  8. Used car sale

    March 26, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Can i borrow that video cam? Just joking.

    May i ask my cost of adding 125×125 bannner in your site?
    Pwede P100 monthly

  9. Aryana

    December 7, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    I need your help, I taped my daughters Christmas play, and I cant seem to edit the file.. I was hoping you could help since you seem to have the same camera.. Any suggestions would be great.. One is a VOR file, and two others are VOB nothing I seem to download will edit them.. They are also playing only part of the file.. I know both are at least 15 minutes long, although its only showing about the first 50 secs. Thanks

  10. ruffeteg

    October 17, 2008 at 6:13 AM

    Hello, In case you do not find the software (Sony was refusing to send it to me), the Super Video Editor deals greatly with the Sony files recorded on the camera.
    I have got something called ImageMixer I downloaded Pixela ImageMixer from god knows where if this is what you are looking for we can figure out something but you see I myself has lost the CD and have no idea what was on it.
    Perfect Yello

  11. Jason

    October 14, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Help help help.

    My buddy has just left for Oz for a year and forgot to install the Sony software on his laptop. He’s got the dcr-dvd106 camcorder and I can’t find the software anywhere online. Any suggestions where I might find it?

    Thanks in advance.

  12. Raquel

    September 3, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Hi Jaypee,
    I have this sony dcr-dvd106 camcorder for 2 years now before my child is born and still haven’t been able to burn any of my 8 cm dvd to 12 cm dvd’s. my computer doesn’t have a burner, plus I don’t know how to burn a dvd yet. I would like to buy one. would you mind recommending me any burner to buy. I saw this “SONY-20X external double-layer dvd-rw/cd-rw Drive”, “SONY DVDirect 16x external double layer DVD+R/CD-RW Drive” and SAMSUNG SE-S184. I saw them at amazon with a better price than any other stores. I’m really excited to buy one.

    Thank you in advance.

  13. Jorge

    August 12, 2008 at 5:31 AM

    I have a DCR-DVD105, and after i finalized the disc it is recognized on my PC but the Disc has nothing in it. It says UDF system.
    I can view one side of the disc on the Camera but not the other.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  14. Margie

    August 11, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    I Have the 105 2 years ago and have been buying the Mini CDs to record my Memories. I’m a Little Scared To Finilize Them. So When I Do That I Have To Get Free Software To Even Burn Or Copy To My Computer. Sorry I’m A Beginer At This I Kind Of Need A Walkthrough Please… I Just Want To Show Friends And Family What I Recorded…. Can Anyone Respond Thank You…

  15. PerfectYello

    March 17, 2008 at 9:15 AM

    Uupps, I made a mistake, I was reading miniDV on the site. I was not converting directly from miniDV, but the mini DVDs that are in my model.

  16. PerfectYello

    March 17, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Hello Everybody,

    I know know how to convert these Sony videos into avi or any other format without a USB cable, directly from the miniDV.

    The so called Super video converter “Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer.” will do everything.
    http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

    It is just simply great. Many thanks go to my friend Brigi who was impatient enough to use the cable and came up with the solution.

  17. Nikki

    February 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Hey – great info here, thanks.

    My boss has a 105 and I need to know if you’ve ever found a way to use the AV cables with the camera and maybe a 3rd party product to record directly to a PC? I think the mini-dvds are not very reliable…

    N

  18. SARA

    January 4, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    pisstaco108, WHERE DID YOU FIND THE USB CORD FOR THE DVD105 AT? I TRIED THE LINK BUT IT WAS DELETED ON EBAY :razz:

  19. sonydvd105user

    December 10, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    My objective is to edit the video recorded in minidv[Sony DCR-DVD 105] and burn it to a dvd.
    So i transferred the files in the minidv to PC with Nero software. Now, I have a folder Video_TS which has 7 files.
    Video_TS.BUP, Video_TS.IFO, Video_TS.VOB, VTS_01_0.BUP, VTS_01_0.IFO, VTS_01_0.VOB, VTS_01_1.VOB.

    i dont have video converter software but i do have ULead software. I understand from your post that i should convert the file extension from “VOB” to “MPG”. There are 3 .VOB files. which one should i rename and use it for editing? And after editing how do i burn a dvd?
    Do i have to convert the converted file back to VOB?
    Do i have to burn all the 7 files or only the edited file?

    Thank you in advance.

  20. PerfectYello

    November 18, 2007 at 8:47 AM

    Hello Jaypee,
    Your blog looks awfully helpful.
    However, I have a DVD201, for which I lost the installation CD and would just like to join Anand Vardhan who reports that the VLC will only play the first few seconds of my mpeg4 video recordings. While that is an advance compared to nothing I wonder whether you may have come across a solution to this problem.
    I am myself attempting a couple of other things and if I do find any results I will come back to you.
    p::y

  21. JP Habaradas

    October 31, 2007 at 8:15 AM

    @Datajimbo – I see. Thanks for making that clear. Anyway, it’s good to know that you were able to have them fix it for you at no cost at all. Hope your camera gets fixed.

  22. Datajimbo

    October 31, 2007 at 8:13 AM

    Jaypee,
    What I meant to say is that I have used my camera for just 5 hours or 10 1/2 DVD’s when the screen went blank. It was just over the 90 day support from Sony. However, after not taking no for an answer, I was escalated to someone at Sony that is repairing my camera at no cost right now. Take care. Datajimbo

  23. JP Habaradas

    October 30, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    @Datajimbo – You mean, you just had your camera for 5 hours and the screen went poof? Sorry to hear about that. I think you got a refurbished unit and not a brand new one. I’ve heard and read some negative reviews about Digital Nerds. Hope you can have your camera fixed.

    Thanks for dropping by and sharing your experience! :)

  24. Datajimbo

    October 28, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    I had the same problem as Tam :sad: I have just used it for 5 hours and now the screen is super dark, can barely make out an image. Off to the repair shops, maybe I got a remade camera since it came from digital nerds…

  25. JP Habaradas

    September 7, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    @pisstaco108 – I’ve read lots of reviews on this camcorder and one of the common complaints is the lack of USB or Firewire ports.

    If you need to transfer files to your pc, then what you need is the Picture Package software.

  26. pisstaco108

    September 6, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    ok ive just got off the phone with sony customer support and the lady said there is no U.S.B. for this model…..I dont know what to do

  27. pisstaco108

    September 6, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Actually the DCR-DVD-105 DOES have a U.S.B. to connect to the computer. Ive had some trouble myself and just bought the wrong cord today. Someone at Circuit city told me it would work and it didnt even fit! plus it was 30 dollars!!

    BUT IVE FOUND THE RIGHT U.S.B. on the net.FOR alot cheaper!! HERES THE LINK

  28. JP Habaradas

    August 25, 2007 at 9:39 PM

    @cc – From what I’ve read in the manual and from online forums, this particular model doesn’t have the capability to transfer files or connect to a pc using firewire or usb.

  29. cc

    August 24, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    I also have a mac and am looking for a way to connect the sony camcorder to my mac. I thought where the plug for the video adapter is could be used as a firewire or usb plug. reading through the comments, was I mistaken? When looking at yahoo answers, someone said that computer stores sold firewires for this.

  30. JP Habaradas

    August 9, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    @Tam – I see. Sorry to hear about that. So have you had it checked yet?

  31. Tam

    August 8, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    I figured as much :( It did this before but it stopped, but now the black screen won’t go away.

  32. JP Habaradas

    August 8, 2007 at 4:41 AM

    @Newbie – That’s great! Good for you. So how did you get the replacement? Did you send them an email?

    Anyways, I haven’t tried using ImageMixer. What I use for transferring photos and videos from my DCR-DVD 105 to my computer is Picture Package. It’s not that great but it works. :)

    You’re welcome!

  33. Stupid_Newbie

    August 8, 2007 at 1:55 AM

    Hello Jaypee,

    Thks for your reply. The installation CD software was ImageMixer. I managed to get a replacement CD from Sony. I will make multiple backups of this CD since you can’t get this software on the net. (Those that are available are “upgrades” which requires you to have the original software installed already)

    Gratefully,
    Stupid_Newbie

  34. JP Habaradas

    August 8, 2007 at 12:02 AM

    @Tam – Did you check if the lens cap is still there or not? Not trying to make you look stupid but in my experience as tech support, this things can happen.

    Did the camcorder get dropped? Or maybe you could be experiencing the same screen problem as Cynthia.

    The best thing you can do is have it checked in an electronics repair shop or a certified Sony repair shop.

    Sorry bout that. Hope it gets fixed.

  35. Tam

    August 6, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    When I turn on my camera all I see is a fuzzy black screen. I can record audio, but no video. It’s fully charged.
    :( Please help!

    • DWil

      June 30, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Did you ever get this issue resolved about the black screen and no video but audio? if so, what caused it?

  36. JP Habaradas

    August 6, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    @Cynthia – I’ve had the Sony DCR-DVD 105 for 8 months now – taking pictures, recording videos and DVDs and I haven’t had any problems with it.

    Btw, what’s wrong with your camcorder’s screen

  37. Cynthia Caporale

    August 6, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Not happy with SONY. I purchased the Camcorder SONY DVD105 approximately 11 months ago, recorded about 8 or 9 DVD’s and now my screen is not working. Sony wants to charge me over $220 for labor to replace it. I know other SONY products have had a problem, just wondering if anyone else has experienced it. I know its a newer product but just asking around.
    Cyn

  38. JP Habaradas

    July 30, 2007 at 2:30 AM

    @Newbie – What’s the software that came with your DCR-DVD201? Is it also Nero Express 6 or Imagemixer? I think Picture Package would also work.

    Btw, since the software came with the video camera, have you tried contacting Sony and telling them about it?

  39. Stupid_Newbie

    July 30, 2007 at 2:22 AM

    Hello Jaypee / anyone out there

    I faced the same problem as Anand Vardhan.
    I have a sony camcorder DCR-DVD201, but i lost the S/w installation CD.

    Can any kind soul help me to download/retrieve this software/CD?

    I am DESPERATE here because I am unable to transfer my recordings to the PC without the ImageMixer software.

    Your help is much appreciated!!

    Rdgs,
    TSH (Stupid_Newbie)

  40. Amit S

    July 2, 2007 at 2:16 AM

    Hey Jaypee, awesome info. Question for you..i tried using vlc after converting the VOB file to mpeg4 as you mentioned ..It does open the chapters in vlc for a flash ( a sec maybe) but goes away..I played around with caching time but no use…any suggestions ? Thanks for your help.Amit

  41. JP Habaradas

    April 15, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    @Ashish – The Sony DCR-DVD 105 doesn't have any usb jack or firewire port so you there's no way of connecting it to the computer. I think other higher models have that feature.

  42. Ashish

    April 15, 2007 at 4:47 AM

    I have camcorder DCRDVD-105,I want to know how to join my cam to computer.I have a usb jack but i donot find where to connect in my camcorder.

  43. JP Habaradas

    April 14, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    @surinder – Sorry I don't have time to do it yet coz I'm quite busy. I'll let you know once I found a source online or if I uploaded it myself. :)

    @Adam – Thanks for the information you've shared. I'm sure someone will find it useful. Same for me it was given as a gift, so you can't complain about it. Hehe :D

  44. Adam

    April 14, 2007 at 3:49 AM

    if you're using a Mac, download a free program called MPEG Streamclip. It will allow you to import the dvd files and export to many different formats, (ie: mpeg-4, quicktime, avi, also ipod compatibile.) you can then edit them on your mac using iMovie. only issue is that the slot dvd drive on the mac can't read the mini dvd discs. having an external dvd drive or something that can read these is necessary.

    i have the same problem. the camera was given to me as a gift, so i was determined to figure out how to make this work. otherwise, i would recommend a different camera, either with a firewire connection or removable memory. the one advantage of the mini dvd media discs for me is that they're cheap (well.. relatively) and replaceable. you can bring a bunch on a trip and not have to worry about running out of storage space. the "pop it right in a dvd player" thing doesn't really appeal to me that much since i'd never sit through the entire movie, but it's good for people who just want a simple camera.

  45. surinder

    April 13, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Hi Jaypee – Did you ever get time to locate the software for me, I will really appreciate your help – Thanks -Surinder

  46. JP Habaradas

    April 12, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    @surinder – You're welcome! :)

  47. surinder

    April 11, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Thanks Jaypee, I look forward for your help- Thanks in adavnce again for quick reply..Thanks

  48. JP Habaradas

    April 11, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    @surinder – I'll try to look for an existing cd image online and if I can't find one, I'll try to upload it for you. Might take a while coz I'm quite busy right now. :)

  49. surinder

    April 11, 2007 at 5:02 PM

    Hi, I got this camera recently DCR- DVD 105 and unfortunately lost the software Nero 6 CD. Is there's any way, I can get the cd or Can anyone load this CD to some site, where I can download the contents and re burn the CD.Thanks in advance. Rgds – Surinder

  50. JP Habaradas

    April 8, 2007 at 7:45 AM

    @raju – I've tried searching for a free program to do that but so far all that I saw where commercial software. It's either you download a trial version and try it. But first, I think you need to download or transfer the VRO files into your hard drive and open them with these programs: TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 with DivX Authoring, VideoRedo or Mpeg VCR.

    You can also try these free video editors for Windows. One of them might be able to do that. :)

  51. raju

    April 8, 2007 at 2:39 AM

    Hi Jaypee,

    My name is raju.

    I recorded some videos in VR mode.

    Now i want to change these VRO files to .VOB files.

    Is there is any free software convertor available to do it. I badly need this conversion. Can you help me out in this regard.

    Thanks Jaypee.

    Thanks and regards

    RAJU

  52. JP Habaradas

    March 17, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    @Tam – You're welcome! :)

    @Dawn – This is quite complicated coz I don't have a Mac and I have no way of testing it. The thing is, Sony encodes the video files into an mpeg format that is not compatible with a lot of programs. I don't know if Sony did that on purpose. Btw, are you aware that you can rename the VOB files to Mpeg and WMV extensions. Try to do that and see if it works and if you can edit the files . Let me know if it fails. I'll find a way to test it on a Mac. :D

  53. Dawn

    March 17, 2007 at 2:47 AM

    Hello jaypee,

    I too am hoping that you can help me. I have the 105 and my problem is that I have a Mac.(it doesn't read the little disks). I was able to borrow a friends computer (running on windows) to copy the disc to a large cd to play/edit in my Mac. now when I put the disk into the mac it plays fine but it is not formatted correctly to edit. I need to convert it to a wmv,mpeg file. will the same procedure work as previously decribed in this posting on my mac? any suggestions???

    Thank you in advance for any help!!!

  54. Tam

    March 16, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Thanks so much, I'll keep checking back.

  55. JP Habaradas

    March 15, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    @Tam – You know what, I'm also experiencing the same thing. I still have to figure out how to make that little trash can appear again. Will post it here once I get to fix it. :)

  56. Tam

    March 15, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    How do you delete clips on the camcorder. I found a trashcan once, but I can't find it again. Thanks so much! =)

  57. JP Habaradas

    March 4, 2007 at 9:37 AM

    @Veritas – Thanks for sharing. I've learned a new way of connecting the camcorder to the pc.

    Bout your problem, please check the installation and program settings of Pinnacle on both computers. Also, checkand compare both computer's hardware and drivers. I'm not really sure but the problem could be in one of those areas. Regarding Nero 6, I can't really say. The best thing to do is install it and see what happens.

    I'm sorry but as you said, my knowledge is limited and I'm not really an expert in this field. Just trying to help.

    Hope you get to fix the problem. :)

  58. Veritas

    March 3, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Yes

    that is correct and now that you mention it it makes sense… we are using a pinnacle tv converter via the AV lead to connect the 105 to the pc….. but the pc / pinnacle doesnt seem to recognise the 105….

    it recognises it on another pc …… We already have nero express on this pc ( which I hate using!)… do you think if we install the nero 6 it will recognise it?

    I know your knowledge is limited , but we want to find out as much as we can before we have to buy an upgrade.

    Thanks…………. Veritas

  59. JP Habaradas

    March 3, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    @Roman – No problem! :)

    @Veritas – USB driver? Are you sure you're talking about the Sony DCR-DVD 105? As far as I know, it doesn't need any USB drives coz it doesn't have any way of connecting to a USB port but I know that the higher models do. The only CD rom that that came with the DCR-DVD 105 is the Nero Express 6 CD.

  60. Veritas

    March 3, 2007 at 2:16 AM

    HI there

    we need to download a USB driver for our Sony DCR-DVD 105 can you tell us where we can get it? we are using a different PC and dont have the CD rom that came with the camera.

    Any help much appreciated

    Thankyou

    Veritas

  61. Roman

    March 2, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Thanks, Jaypee.

  62. JP Habaradas

    March 2, 2007 at 7:45 AM

    @Roman – I'm not sure but I think you can do that with most video editors. What I have here is Ulead Video Studio 10. It lets me capture a video frame and save it as a still image. You can save the captured image in Bitmap or Jpeg format. The pixel count depends on the quality of the video and how good your camcorder is. Hope this answers your question. :)

    @Harlan – I'm not an expert in video editing and I haven't used a lot of video editing programs. So I can't really say which is which. However, you can download trial versions of commercial software like Adobe Premiere or Ulead Video Studio and try them out for yourself. There are also many freeware video editors out there. One example is Avidemux.

    Picture Package homepage

  63. Harlan

    March 1, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Can you give me a link to a easy to use (Very Easy) Video editing software program as well as a video converter. I am starting to believe that I am pretty stupid when it comes to computers. Also, if you don't mind, could you send me a link to the picture perfect software.

    By the way your blog is awesome!!! Thanks Jaypee

  64. Roman

    March 1, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Jaypee,

    Since I am new to digital camcorder, is it possible to select a digital frame (treat it like a still picture) from a recorded digital clip? Am I at the mercy of low pixel count?

    Thanks.

  65. JP Habaradas

    February 28, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    @Roman – You're most welcome! :)

    @Junaid – I haven't tried recording on a double sided disc so I'm not really familiar with it. But anyways, I'll try to look it up and see if I can find a solution to your problem. Bout converting VRO to VOB, I also haven't tried that. I'll try to do it myself, see if it's possible or not. I'll let you know through email if I find one, okay? :)

  66. Junaid

    February 28, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Thanks for all this info. I hope you will have solution to my problem as well. I used double sided

    dvd+RW disk for recording.One side, I recorded in video mode and other side, i used VR mode (by mistake, now i think). Now for VR mode, neither I can finalize or unfinalize. Both fuctions in my camcoder are disabled. However, I can still copy both sides of the disk on my PC HD. Now what I am trying to convert VRO file to VOB file so that I can later join together to form one DVD. Is there any way I can do that…..

  67. Roman

    February 28, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Jaypee,

    Thanks for the respond. Much appreciated.

  68. JP Habaradas

    February 27, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    @raquel – Nero Express 6 sucks! Hope you find the information here helpful. Let me know if you need any help regarding this camcorder. :)

    @Roman – You're welcome! I agree with you about the convenience of a DVD camcorder. This is especially true if you use a DVD-RW for recording.

    Regarding your question. If you have the Picture Package software, you can view the individual video and photo files from a finalized disc. You can then select which files to copy and save into your computer. Once you have the files that you want, you can go on and create a new DVD movie or data DVD with the help of a third party program. Yes, you can unfinalize the disc if you want to continue recording.

    With this particular model, the Sony DCD-DVD 105 it includes Nero Express 6 but it hardly does you any good. It would be great if you can get the Picture Package software. If you don't have Picture Package, you can try the steps I mentioned in my post or read some of the earlier comments.

    Hope I've answered your questions. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or inquiries. :)

  69. Roman

    February 27, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Thanks for the great forum. I found a lot of helpful info here as I am contemplating to buy a new camcorder for my son and his wife to record the first years of their new baby.

    I like the DVD convenienvce. I don't think anybody would be doing much editing, other than maybe chopping off some videos so they could be send as attachments.

    My question is, how can a video segment can be created as a file without finalizing the whole disc (what if it has the baby's first steps, but it is brand new disc)? If I have to do it anyways, would I need to un-finalize it in order to continue recording?

    As I understand I can copy all files recorded on DVD onto a PC's HD and later create a full size DVD. I will be also able to select only the files I want. Am I correct?

    Does any video software come with the product?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Roman.

  70. raquel

    February 27, 2007 at 4:35 AM

    This is my first camcorder I bought last year, I have problems figuring out how to use this nero express 6. thanks for the informations, i’ll try to follow it!

  71. JP Habaradas

    February 19, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    @Amitabha – Thank you! :)

    Here's the difference between VR and Video mode: with VR mode, you can edit, delete or divide the movie within your camcorder. DVDs recorded and finalized in VR mode can only be played in DVD players that suppport VR mode.

    While with Video mode, you can't edit it in your camcorder but after it's finalized, it can be played in most DVD players.

    If you have the Picture Package software, you won't have any problems coz you can view and edit the MPEG files individually.

    It's a matter on personal preference on which mode you should use. Just choose the one that's easier for you. Hope this answers your questions. :)

  72. Amitabha

    February 19, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Hi,

    Thanks for all this information.

    I wished to know what are the differences between the two recording modes VR and Video and which should be used?

    Thanks

    Amitabha

  73. Amitabha

    February 19, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    This was very useful information. Thanks.

    However can you please explain me the difference between the Video and VR modes of recording and which should we normally use ?

    Thanks

    Amitabha

  74. JP Habaradas

    February 19, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    @Anand – So basically, you're asking where you can get a copy of Imagemixer Version1.5? I'll try to look for it. I'll let you know once I find one, okay? :)

    @Tommy – Do you have the Picture Package software? If you do, you can use the DVD Viewer to view the individual MPEGs on the DVD, not the VOBs. Select the individual MPEG files that you want and put a check on each, then click on Copy to hard disk. Then you can edit each MPEG as you want and use an authoring program to create your own DVD.

    You might also want to try these programs that lets you both edit and author VOB files.

    - TMPGEnc DVD Author

    - Ulead DVD MovieFactory

    - Ulead DVD Workshop

    Hope this helps. :)

  75. Tommy

    February 19, 2007 at 6:10 AM

    I can burn directly to DVD via Nero software but it's editing I'm interested in.

    I copied the VOB files(usually two)and renamed them to various formats like MPEG4/MPEG/AVI… but no application I have tried (Pinnacle, MovieMaker..)can read the files.

    I give up.

  76. Anand Vardhan

    February 17, 2007 at 4:38 AM

    Hi ,
    I have a sony camcorder DCR-DVD201. It records the media to a DVD-R/RW disc.
    The product was shipped along with its USB driver and Imagemixer Version1.5 for Sony DVD software.

    Unfortunately i lost the s/w CD and adding to it my harddisk also crashed.
    Can some please let me know where i can get this software from?

    Any pointer’s on this would be helpful.
    Thanks
    Anand Vardhan

  77. JP Habaradas

    February 8, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    @Tommy – Try to rename the file extension from .VOB to .mpeg4 and open it with VLC Media player. I tried this method and it works fine, audio is perfect.

    @Raymond – You're welcome! Glad to be of help. If you burn the VOB files into a dvd as Mpeg files, not all dvd players would be able to play them.

    If you want to make sure that it can be played in a dvd player, you have to make it as a dvd movie. You'll need software like Nero or a free program like CDBurnerXP Pro.

    Let me know if you have any other problems. :)

  78. Raymond

    February 8, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Thanks for the tip! After I copy and paste the vob files to my hard drive and change it to mpeg can i simply burn the files onto a dvd-r and hand out copies to relatives? i would really appreciate the feedback, and thanks again

  79. Tommy

    February 7, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    I used the 'Video' format and the process that Luther described and I can import video but there is not audio present. Is this the correct format?

  80. JP Habaradas

    February 6, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    @Tommy – It should be in DVD format. After finalizing the disc, you can view the content of the disc (VOB files and photos) in your computer using Windows Explorer.

    Btw, which mode of recording did you choose? Video or VR?

  81. Tommy

    February 6, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    I only got round to trying the suggestion last night and after I finalised the disc and put it in the CDRom drive it was not recognised. It is recognised in the DVD Drive so it seems to me that the finalised disc is in DVD format to play in a dvd player and therefore doesn't allow me the opportunity to view the files on the disc as VOB files or anything else. I only have the option to just play the movie.

    Any suggestions?

    Feelin stooopid here.

  82. JP Habaradas

    February 2, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    @Luther – Thanks for reminding me about that. I also did this while I was trying to find out a solution and totally forgot about to post and include it to the post. :)

  83. Luther

    February 2, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    There is an easier way to edit with this camera.

    To re-name a VOB file, you must:

    Open windows explorer.

    Go to "Tools", and select "Folder Options".

    Inside this window, select "View".

    Scroll down, and un-check the "hide file extensions for known file types" box.

    Click "Apply".

    Now, simply right-click on your VOB file and change the name. For example, "doggypoopoo.VOB" becomes "doggypoopoo.mpg" Your system will now view this file as an MPEG, and you can edit it in Movie Maker, which you already have on your computer.

  84. JP Habaradas

    January 29, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    @Tommy – You're welcome! I'm glad to know that this post was able to help you in some way. It took me a while to understand how to do it and had a difficult time looking for a solution in the Internet, so I decided to write about it so that people who have questions or problems about it can find an answer.

    About how to record from TV, I still haven't used that function. I'll try to do it when I have time and let you know. If you get to do it first, then you let me know how. :)

  85. Tommy

    January 29, 2007 at 8:48 AM

    Thanks for the tip Jaypee.

    I bought this model yesterday and couldn't understand how to get the images onto my PC in the correct format. It came with Nero Express6 (not picture perfect) and there wasn't an option to thanks for explaining.

    Any idea how to record from TV. The menu doesn't match the instructions in the booklet.

    ta.

  86. JP Habaradas

    January 7, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    @jim – Yeah it is quite cumbersome to edit, but transferring it is not that difficult. You just have to copy the files from the finalized disc to your hard drive. Also, you can play the VOB files using VLC player which is free.

    Thanks man! I'm still thinking how and where I would post his videos & photos. I was planning of making a separate blog for him. Hehe :D

    @bikoy – That's a good idea. But I don't think I have that much spare time to do video blogging. Thanks for the tip though. :)

  87. bikoy

    January 6, 2007 at 7:32 PM

    start video blogging! hehe

  88. Jimpur

    January 5, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Looks like pretty cumbersome to transfer the video. I think the Hard Drive Camcorder is a lot easier. Congratulations anyway. When can see Matt's video posted? :)

  89. JP Habaradas

    January 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    @ash – yup, that's the main reason why it was given to us, so we could videotape Matthew and send the videos to his lolo & lola. hehe

  90. mr nice ash

    January 5, 2007 at 8:31 AM

    WOW. WOW. WOW. This is more than just cool…

    Are you gonna document Matthew's childhood?

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