November 24, 2007

STILL MORE ON VIDEO: I got this direct-burning DVD recorder to go with the Sony HD camcorder, and yesterday I burned DVDs from the Thanksgiving videos. It works fine — easy setup, simple menus, etc. You can direct-burn an AVCHD disk that will play on Blu-Ray players, or you can burn ordinary DVDs that will play on any player. But to do the latter, as best as I can tell, you have to go through the video out/in rather than a USB connection. My guess is that Sony didn’t want to spring for the processor horsepower necessary to turn AVCHD files into MPEGs on the fly, since it’s already in the camera. Not a major flaw, but a minor irritant. If anyone out there has one and I’m wrong about this, please let me know. I’ve scoured the not-especially-friendly manual.

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