DV is a format for recording digital video with camera recorders, which is co-developed by the leading camcorder producers like Panasonic, Sony, JVC, etc. While some camcorders directly record video to DVD, there are many camcorders store DV videos to flash memory cards and hard disk drives. This article will show you how to transfer video from MiniDV tape to computer and burn DV to DVD with Wondershare DVD Creator, an easy to use DVD creating and burning software to help you watch DV video on TV at ease.
In the following, I'll show you how to burn MiniDV tape to DVD with Windows version for example. If you have a Mac computer, download the Mac version of DV to DVD converter: DVD Creator for Mac. The steps are similar.
Step 1: Transfer MiniDV video to computer
To burn your DV to DVD disc, the first step is to transfer the video in the tape into computer. Almost all DV camcorders provide IEEE 1394 (FireWire, i.LINK) ports to transfer video to computer. Connect your camcorder to your computer, turn it on (switch to Play (VCR) more if exists) and finally capture video to computer with software like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie.
Step 2. Install and launch MiniDV/DV to DVD converter
After downloaded Wondershare DVD Creator, install and launch it. And then click "Import" to add the videos you need into the DV to DVD converter.
Step 3. Load video files and edit them
Usually video editing is necessary, you can use the software to customize your videos by trimming, cropping, adjusting videos, adding watermarks, editing DVD menu and so on. To access the edit window, just click the pencil icon besides each video clip.
Step 4. Preview and burn MiniDV/DV to DVD
Lastly, click to preview the result of the editing in case that you may improve it in a certain way. Finally, you can just click the "Burn" button to start burning.
Tips: The used space of the disc will be displayed at the bottom; You can choose the size of burning DVD between "DVD-R4.5G" and "DVD-R9.0G".
With professional DV to DVD Creator, you will find it pretty easy to burn MiniDV/DV video to DVD so that you can enjoy shoot videos with your family at home.
More about DV and MiniDV
As you see, this article is talking about burning DVD from DV files or MiniDV tape, so I'd like to share more knowledge about DV and Mini DV here:
- DV: In a DV file, the video, audio and metadata are stored in Digital Interface Format (DIF) blocks which is the basic units of DV streams. DIF blocks can also be saved to computer files in raw DIF format (*.dv, or *.dif) or encoded to popular file formats as Audio Video Interleave (.avi), QuickTime (.mov) and Material Exchange Format (.mxf). Magnetic tape is the media used by camcorders to record videos, including MiniDV, DVCAM-L, DVCPRO-M, Digital8, etc.
- MiniDV: It refers to the tape or the media to record your videos by camcorders. While DV is the standard format complied with by all camcorder manufacturers who use MiniDV tape as recording media. Therefore, while we're saying MiniDV to DVD or DV to DVD, it's the same: you burn camcorder videos to DVD for preserving or playing on TV.
Watch the following step-by-step video tutorial: