DVDs provide a convenient way to store and play family videos.
Family movies have come a long way since the days of bulky VHS camcorders. The digital age has given consumers the ability to edit family videos and transfer them to DVD. Panasonic’s SDR-S10 video camera makes it easy to transfer recorded moments to DVD. The SDR-S10 is a rugged flash memory video camcorder “that’s happier shooting in the surf, halfway up a mountain or in torrential rain,” according to a CNET review. There are two options for transferring, or “burning,” video from your Panasonic video camera to a DVD: via memory card reader or Panasonic AV cable.
Recording to DVD Using the SD Memory Card
1. Remove the SD memory card from the Panasonic SDR-S10. The SD card is located in the same bay as the battery, at the bottom of the video camera. To remove it, you need only push down on the SD card, and it will automatically release from its bay.
2. Insert the SD memory card into an SD slot on your computer. If your computer does not have an internal memory card reader, you can purchase a portable one at most electronics stores. If this is the case, the memory card reader will connect to your computer with a USB adapter.
3. Open “My Computer,” and locate the SD memory card drive.
4. Insert a formatted, writable DVD in your computer’s DVD burner. You can format a DVD by navigating to “My Computer” and right-clicking on the DVD drive. From the menu select “Format,” and follow the prompts.
5. Right-click on the drive containing the SD memory card, and select “Send To.” A variety of options pops up; select “DVD RW Drive.” All content on the card is burned to the DVD located in the corresponding bay.
Recording to DVD Using the Panasonic AV Cable
6. Install MotionSD Studio on your computer. MotionSD Studio is video editing software developed by Panasonic for use with its video cameras.
7. Connect the SDR-S10 to your computer using the AV cable that was packaged with it. The cable connects from the AV slot on the side of the camera to a USB port on your computer.
8. Click “Yes” when prompted by MotionSD Studio. This opens the editing software and automatically displays the “Let’s Try MotionSD Studio” screen.
9. Insert a formatted, writable DVD in your computer’s DVD burner. You can format a DVD by navigating to “My Computer” and right-clicking on the DVD drive. From the menu select “Format,” and follow the prompts.
10. Choose the option to burn a video to DVD on the “Let’s Try Motion SD Studio” screen. From here you can select which video footage you want to write to the DVD, as well as add titles and captions to your footage.