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Old 07-09-2019, 12:31 AM
 
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I have a Canon ZR200 camcorder. Does anyone know how to transfer content from a DVR to this camcorder when using an SD card?
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:37 AM
 
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You are not providing enough information. What kind of DVR?
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:12 PM
 
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I have a Motorola DCX3501-M.

I can transfer content from the DVR when using tapes but it doesn't work the same for the SD cards.
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:52 PM
 
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Let me see if I understand this correctly.

Your DVR records to hard drive?
Your camcorder records to tape and SD card?
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:48 PM
 
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My camcorder is from around 2005.

To those with a more current camcorder and have tried these DVR to camcorder transfers how did it work with a newer camcorder using an SD card?
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:54 AM
 
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The primary video format of that camcorder is DV which is about 14GB per hour. It records that to tape, the SD cards of that era were not up to the task of handling the data throughput required for DV let alone large enough to hold that amount of data. The SD cards on those camcorders were used for still photo features and/or some really low quality video depending on the camcorders feature. Also note if it has USB connector that is only for transferring things off the card, you need to use firewire for transfer from tape. It may have the ability to transfer video on tape over USB but it will first convert the DV to crap.

It's possible to transfer to tape but you would first need to transfer to your computer, convert to DV and then you can transfer over firewire from the coputer to the camcorder with appropriate software. Note the DV format is only SD, if the source is HD the resolution would necessarily be reduced.


Optionally you can check if the camcorder supports what they refer to as "pass through", they do not all support this. If the cmacorder supports this feature and the DVR has RCA output you can hook it to the RCA jacks on the camcorder and record direct to tape. If it's a commercial video with copyright flag enabled the camcorder may refuse to record it. This is not optimal since it's first being converted to analog and then back to digital but it will work. As side note this is an easy way to transfer your VHS to digital. You don't need to record to tape, instead you can connect the camcorder to your computer via firewire and capture the video stream direct to file.



VHS >> RCA wires >> DV Camcorder with passthrough >> Firewire >> Computer using software to record DV




If you have purpose for doing this state it, there may be other options.

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Old 07-10-2019, 08:44 PM
 
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:51 PM
 
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Let me see if I understand this correctly.

Your DVR records to hard drive?
Your camcorder records to tape and SD card?
When I mention SD card and tape both are used by my camcorder.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:21 AM
 
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When I mention SD card and tape both are used by my camcorder.
Yes, but SD card is not used for video is it? So how could you transfer video using SD card? I needed clarification which you did not provide and still haven't. Someone else did. You ask for help and then give attitude? Really?
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:19 AM
 
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Yes, but SD card is not used for video is it? So how could you transfer video using SD card?

It might able to be used for video but to reiterate it's going to be very low quality video. A lot of people have made the mistake of recording little Johnnies play using the card only to find out it wasn't what they thought it was. If you match the format and directory structure on the SD card the camcorder uses technically you could transfer to the SD card.

It was really useless feature, even on my prosumer DV camcorder the still images were crap. The cheapest point and shoot digital camera produced better images. Vice versa even high end cameras of that era did a very poor job with video.

The earliest camcorders that could record to SD card used MPEG2 which is the same thing used for DVD, it has much lower data rate than DV.

Of course that all changed, if I was in the market today I'd be looking at Canon DSLR because it's video capabilities are outstanding.
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