But there is a simpler way. You can use a camcorder that records digital video directly on Mini DVD disks -- three-inch-diameter versions of the familiar, full-size DVD disk -- rather than tape. Once finalized in the camcorder, usually a one-button process, the disk can be removed and played immediately in a tray-style DVD player or computer drive. (The disk fits inside the tray's smaller concentric inset.) There's no need to go looking for, and hooking up, AV or DV cables. What's more, when you slip one of these disks into your computer's DVD drive, the video it contains can be viewed directly or downloaded quickly to your hard drive. A dual-layer Mini DVD can hold up to about 108 minutes of video.