Can anybody possibly point me in the direction of some info on how to get the film off my wife's Sony camcorder and onto a CD so that it can be read by 'most DVD players'. My burner is an LG.
I have Nero and B's Recorder Gold Basic.
I know it is possible to convert MPEG1 files using the above programmes but I don't know what format the Sony will dump the stuff on my computer with. I am trying to find out as much as possible before embarking.
It does have a USB facility and the software which came with it is pixmania. We can download to her old laptop but have no way of getting large files off it. Also, for some reason it won't play the sound. I don't want to start messing my machine up until I am sure of what I am doing.
An "old" laptop is not sufficiently powerful to do what you want.You need a fairly recent computer with lots of spare hard disc space and a CPU/video card, up to the task of capturing video at 25 frames per sec. You then capture as AV1,do your editing then save as VCD or better still as SVCD>
Are you on WinXP in your system. If you are, then Windows Movie Maker may be all you need. You can probably just connect up the camera and it will work - I did this with a friends camera not long ago - nothing special to do at all.