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Tiffanie Vo
CS 110
12/04/04
 

   How to Purchase a Video Recorder

 Since we are right smack in the middle of the increasingly developing technological world, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate and chose what products to purchase (1). Now-a-days, everything is made smaller for the purpose of convenience, time, money, and space. We need to look into details such as the company, the prices, styles, features, and also what weíve heard about the product from other consumers, when purchasing an item such as a video recorder(2). In this paper, I will walk you through the steps of purchasing the ďrightĒ video recorder for you.
When buying a video recorder, you need to decide between a DVD and a DV. A DVD is a new type of optical disc storage technology also known as a digital video disc(2). DVD is an advance kind of disc that holds much more digital format, features, data, video, audio, etc than CDs(1). Its convientent features replaced laserdisc and looking to replace videotapes. DVD boomed into being one of the most successful electronic devices produced(2). There reported to be 250 million DVD devices around the world compared  to less than half of that number in VCRs. This shows the astonishing success of DVD as the new primary electronic used.
DVD video recorders first came out in 1997, which had no audio format. One of the first DVD recorders first appeared in Japan(2). DVD video recoreders range from $500 to $2,000, but we see that as it is on high demand, the prices are getting cheaper. Unfortunately, DVD video recorders can't copy most DVD movie discs because it is protected. One major advantage of using DVD rather than VHS is because you get superb surround sound, extra features, and great quality(1).
Like many other electronic devices, DVDs are used many other ways such as DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-Video,DVD-R/RW, etc. DVD-Video lets us watch movies and things that we record on a disc(1). DVDs hold over 2 hours of digital video which is equivilant to about 30 hours of VHS. It also holds up to 8 tracks of digital audio. The digital features fits on widescreen and standard screens. It can view different angles and perspective points(2). It contains features such as games and features to select from. One of the great features it has is subtitles. It allows users options for subtitles such as French, English, Spanish, etc. It allows viewers to skip chapters, fast forward, and rewind(2). Standard features include language choice, video scenes, audio tracks. And special effects playback is freese, slow, and fast. It also allows parental lock, random play and repeat play. Sound system is great because it is digial audio outpu(1).
 The disadvantages of using DVD are it is more expensive than a VCR. Also depending on the quality of the DVD, movies may display very poorly(1). One major negative aspect is that DVDís like CDís do scratch. Also DVDís donít play in CD players and a lot of the time need specific a DVD player. Some DVDís do not play all disc so before buying a product, you must test it out(2).
 On the other hand, a DV or digital video, are most popular today(3). It is a hand help camera. It records in a disc or a video and comes with USB cable and A/V cable, 8MB SD memory card, battery, etc (4). Depending on you preference and intended usage of the camera, you can purchase a camera with a greater memory. The ImageMixer program lets consumers edit their own videos. It makes it possible to attain videos through Firewire or USB interfaces. The DV comes with manuals with Spanish, French and English (4).
 It is small and is user friendly. It comes with zoom lens, which is threaded with 30.5-millimeter attachments (3). These video recorders have a DV connector, the A/V+S-Video connector and the DC input. (4). The screen panel can be views at a 90-degree angle from the camcorder.  One of the features is Night Alive. This helps to brighten the scene, however, it gives you a very choppy image as a result. It can also be difficult to keep your subject in focus. The disadvantage is that it records surrounding background noises in with the scene, however new technology lets us record audio and music over it.
All in all DVDs are starting to replace VHS. This think this is because in a way it is forced. Video stores now have a limited option of movies on VHS, especially movies that are new. This is why there is such an increase in DVD owners. I do agree thought that DVD are a lot more convenient in that it takes up less space and it is a lot easier to watch and control.
Do you own a DVD player?
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How many DVDs do you watch a month?
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