[MacDV] Panasonic DVD-R/DVD-RAM video recorder

John Collins johnccollins at comcast.net
Fri Sep 17 13:27:27 PDT 2004

David-- I have the Panasonic DMR-100Hs and really like it (There is a 
newer model out now that has about 150 G HD and will hold over 200 
hrs.) But to your question-- I had the same goal in mind and purchased 
the Panasonic LDF -521(?) DVD-RAM drive on ebay. I put it in an 
external FW enclosure with great success, but no go on back and forth 
between the 2 units. I am really surprised that I have not been able to 
make it work since they are both Panasonic and they are the big pushers 
now with DVD-RAM. If anybody else has experience I would like to hear 
it also.

However I still like the unit for archiving and general storage. It is 
a little problematic if you use the cheaper slim disks. I buy the 2 
sided cartridges and they have not failed yet. With all the concern 
today about the life of DVD-R disks, I wonder if the RAM cartridfges 
might be better long term storage. Obviously both media have to have 
appropriate storage conditions. But I understand that DVD-Rs are 
failing as soon as 1 year in our general home storage environment.

So to answer your question I like the RAM but can not go back & forth-- 
each unit wants to reformat the disc.

John in Tucson
On Sep 17, 2004, at 11:49 AM, David Grant wrote:

> I have a Panasonic DVD-R/DVD-RAM video recorder. Works fine and love 
> it. When I record to a DVD-R I can move the files to my Mac for 
> further processing. However I would like to be able to do the same 
> with a DVD-RAM disk. I find several DVD-RAM drives that can read/write 
> disks using the Mac but no info on whether the video DVD-RAM disks 
> made by my recorder will work on my Mac. Does anyone have any 
> experience doing this?
> TIA for any help,
> David
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