Archive for Video

The Easiest Way to Get Video Off Your Camera

Do you have a video camera with a hard drive? The easiest way to get video off your camcorder is to use the video out cables. You plug them into your video camera and a video recorder.

If you’re still unsure, bring your camera and cords into AM Tech Video, Inc. We have all the equipment here to do the job quickly and efficiently. We also have a do-it-yourself video editing station that we can show you how to use once your footage is off the camera.

Visit our website at http://www.atvproductions.com/ for all your video production needs and questions!

The Lifespan of a DVD?

“How long will a DVD last?”

I have seen reports of 75-100 years. This could be wrong. DVDs will last until they become too scratched to be read, and scratching a DVD is not hard to do. Always make a back up copy of important video or data and put the DVD away in a cool, dry place. Exposure to extreme heat or extreme cold can cause damage to DVDs, and they should also be kept away from any harsh chemicals to ensure a longer lifespan.

DVD Player Won’t Read Your DVD?

“Why won’t my DVD player read my DVD?”

If your DVD won’t play in your DVD player, remove the disc and look at the back. If it has many scratches and smudges then that is most likely the reason for the read error. DVDs can be cleaned/repaired to some extent. Also, a damaged DVD may play in one player but not in another. It’s always a good idea to make an extra copy of your DVD and keep the master in a safe place, just in case.

“I had my VHS tape copied to DVD and when I got it home, it won’t play. If it does play, it plays badly. Why?”

It might be that your player is not compatible with either DVD-R or DVD+R. Some older models were only made to play one format and not the other. On the other hand, your DVD player may not be able to play any kind of recordable DVD media, which means that neither DVD-R or DVD+R can be read. Be sure to read the manual that came with your player to find out for sure. Most newer models of DVD players are built to read both formats. There is a difference between the DVDs that you might rent or buy from a store and the ones that you can record on, like DVD-R/DVD+R. Movies that are purchased are most likely on DVD-5 or DVD-9. Try the recorded DVD in a player that is made to play DVD-R/DVD+R discs. If it plays well there, then it’s most likely the player that is the issue.

If you need more information on having copies made, cleaning/repairing, and finalizing DVDs, visit AM Tech Video’s website to see what we can do for you!