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Old 09-01-2008, 20:49
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OK I have some movie files that I can play on my computer, they are in an external hard drive, can I play these or copy these onto my humax and then copy to my dvd recorder as they are family videos many thanks in anticipation.
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Old 09-01-2008, 21:29
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OK I have some movie files that I can play on my computer, they are in an external hard drive, can I play these or copy these onto my humax and then copy to my dvd recorder as they are family videos many thanks in anticipation.
There is no easy way to do this.
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Old 09-01-2008, 23:47
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OK I have some movie files that I can play on my computer, they are in an external hard drive, can I play these or copy these onto my humax and then copy to my dvd recorder as they are family videos many thanks in anticipation.
If it were possible to play these back via the Humax, and record to a DVD recorder, you would lose some quality with the analogue A/V connection.

Far better to transfer them to DVD within a computer. If your own computer has no DVD authoring software or DVD writer drive, they're on an external HDD so no problem to hook it up to another computer for the task.
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Old 10-01-2008, 09:34
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OK I have some movie files that I can play on my computer, they are in an external hard drive, can I play these or copy these onto my humax and then copy to my dvd recorder as they are family videos many thanks in anticipation.
No. The easiest way to get the movies to DVD is to hook-up the camera the the DVD recorder directly and paly and record.

Otherwise you need a computer with conversion software if the movies are not in MPEG2 format and DVD authoring software to get them to DVD. Alternative to this, would be to purchase a cheap 'media player' type device that support your movie format and hook that directly to the TV...
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:41
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You will not be able to put the video onto the Humax by any reasonable means, as the Humax does not support uploading of video using the eLinker software, nor does it have any ability to record from an analogue source. e.g. composite,component, S-Video or SCART.

However,you already have the video on your computer in some form or other mpeg avi

Can you not simply burn it to a DVD from your computer. (Assuming you PC has a DVD burner). then pop it into your DVD recorder and play it back on the TV.


Theres lots of software out there that will do this kind of thing, although due to MPEG2 licensing issues, there is not that much by way of freeware, but there is some. Try looking at www.Doom9.org


Another option, if you PC has an SVideo Output (most modern laptops have them, and some PCs), and your DVD recorder supports Svideo input, (most will via a suitable SCART lead.()

But as son_t suggests, the quickest, if not the best is simply to hook up the camcorder directly to DVD recorder using the composite leads and record that way.



Good luck.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:57
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Another option, if you PC has an SVideo Output (most modern laptops have them, and some PCs), and your DVD recorder supports Svideo input, (most will via a suitable SCART lead.()
Although this is again subject to analogue video transfer - slight quality loss.

But as son_t suggests, the quickest, if not the best is simply to hook up the camcorder directly to DVD recorder using the composite leads and record that way.



Good luck.
If the camcorder original still exists, not likely if that's any of the newer formats - built-in HDD or flash memory. 1.4GB (8cm) DVDR/DVDRW aren't so expensive now though 25p/1 respectively. I'd keep the originals if on any removable format other than flash.

Any DIGITAL camcorder and DVD recorder setup should facilitate digital transfer with i-link/firewire cable.
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Old 11-01-2008, 20:01
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Just seen Nero 7 OEM suit for sale on overclockers for 4.

Scan have v8 for a similar amount although their p&p is pricey for small items, and you may need to buy hardware, although they have samsung drives for 14

That'll master DVDs with menus et al. direct from the digital source without any loss of quality due to analogue conversion.

You probably couldn't source the leads to do it any other way for that amount of investment.
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