Video Recording

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I have a client that needs to record video and audio of sessions with their patients to become and maintain a specific certification. There will be eight professionals who need to do this. They would like to be able to record and move to DVD the sessions in the easiest way. The sessions are two people, one-on-one, across a table. Both people need to be seen and heard. A recording of the session 45 minutes to 1 hour long is to be made. They want a copy for themselves and a copy to be sent off to the certification body. The problem is that none of us in the company is familiar enough with video gear to say, this is what we need to do this. We have been looking at various video cameras and such to see if we can find something that will fit their needs, but are really not sure how to proceed. The information we have dug up seems to fall short in several areas, and visits to local shops that sell this equipment have left us even a bit more in the dark. Beside what I ahve outlined above, the process from start to finish needs to be as easy as possible, and does not need to be great art. Right now we know we need a camcorder, a tripod to stand it on for the session--the recording needs to be as unabtrusive as possible--no getting up to change the media in the middle of a session--a computer with a DVD burner, or other method of creating an original (if the camcorder does not do this) and copy DVD. Price is certainly an issue, none of the big bucks professional units ned apply, unless there is simply no ohter way to do it. I'm open to all recommendations. Also, I've sent this off to those familiar with compliance issues, particularly in the case of doctor patient confidentiallity, for any issues they may want to raise that we should be aware and bring to the attention of our client. Thanks.
ASKED: October 4, 2006  1:36 PM
UPDATED: October 9, 2006  9:37 AM

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The simplest solution seems to be buying a camcorder that writes directly to a dvd. Then use a burner to copy the dvd.

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  • Stevesz
    The direct to DVD cameras we have seen thus far only record about 30 minutes, more or less, and we do need a recording time of at least 45 minutes to 1 hour plus without interuption. It is purported that using a lesser quality, such as the VHS EP or LP vs. SP, will double the recording time, but I have not yet been able to view the difference i the quality to ensure that the resulting video would be adequate for their puproses.
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  • Mistoffeles
    Writing straight to DVD is probably the most secure, but least efficient, way to deal with this problem. I would recommend having a media workstation, this can be a laptop or a desktop/side PC, and feeding the video straight from the camera. This would allow you to convert the video to any format you prefer, and put multiple video sessions on a single DVD without having to worry about running out of space in the middle of a session. The certification body responsible for this procedure should have familiarity with the confidentiality issues involved, I would say that they would be able to help you make sure confidentiality is maintained, and possibly provide suggestions on methods of producing the recordings and submitting them. You might want to think about using DRM (digital rights management) to ensure that only authorized personnel are able to view the videos, by way of providing the key to the certification body and installing it on all computers where the videos need to be viewed within your organization.
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  • Stevesz
    There will be up to eight people using this system. Moving a PC from room to room is not really an option, especially since the rooms are in two suites with no direct connection between the office suites. Also, I have asked, at the places I've gone to look at equipment, about going directly to the PC, and thius far they have told me it cannot be done without using a professional model.
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  • FlippedFlop
    I think this can be accomplished with a camcorder and DVD recorder. Since you are buying the camcorder any way all that is needed is a way to record a 45 min. session. Inexpensive DVD recorders can be had for $100 and up and will have all the latest inputs for recording, composite, S-video, or component video along with stereo audio in. The DVD recorder can be small, my $100 Ilo is small enough to be carried in one hand. If you have access to a multimedia equipped PC, the DVD recordings can be manipulated for publishing any way you see fit.
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