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Burning FCP movies using DVD recorders w/HDD -- any thoughts?
on Sep 2, 2005 at 5:46:15 am

At our new tv station, I have been eyeing the new (and cheap) set-top DVD recorders with internal Hard Disc Drives (HDD) as a secondary archiving format. We do all our editing in Final Cut Pro, and until we get all our equipment, we will be airing our programming from either DVCAM tape or DVD (I know the latter is not ideal, but it is a technical limitation that we will overcome soon).

Sony, Toshiba, and Phillips all have units on the market now, and the latest one from JVC has a 160 gig HDD and can burn 32X, which means that a one-hour DVD can be burned in two minutes (!). I understand that these units are for TV-watching consumers, and they are not intended for professional editing.

However, they have Firewire ports, and so they beg the question: "What if I simply export a Quicktime movie into the recorder's hard disk drive, and have it burn me a DVD at a fraction of the time it would take my FCP system to encode the MPEG-2 and blah, blah, blah...?"

Someone, I am sure, must have tried doing this. Can anyone lead me to resources where I can learn more? Any thoughts or experiences will be truly appreciated, as I need to make this purchase decision soon.

I have posted this thread in other forums because I am not sure where it belongs!

Thanks in advance.

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Jake Abramson
Re: Burning FCP movies using DVD recorders w/HDD -- any thoughts?
on Sep 6, 2005 at 11:50:57 pm

We have 5 Panasonic DMR-T3040's that we use for DVD duplication.

As far as I can tell the only way to get something on the HDD is to record it in real time. I can't see a way to transfer files directly to it.

I DO NOT recommend getting these DVD Recorders. They are extrememly slow and picky in use. They barely qualify as consumer level products.

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