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Tech: DVD recorder

gnu 28 Nov 09 - 03:02 PM
John MacKenzie 28 Nov 09 - 03:06 PM
GUEST,999 28 Nov 09 - 03:07 PM
gnu 28 Nov 09 - 04:23 PM
Joe Offer 28 Nov 09 - 04:33 PM
GUEST 28 Nov 09 - 04:53 PM
Commander Crabbe 28 Nov 09 - 04:55 PM
GUEST,Donal 28 Nov 09 - 08:32 PM
GUEST 28 Nov 09 - 09:51 PM
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Subject: Tech: DVD recorder
From: gnu
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 03:02 PM

What's the length of time of recording TV on a DVD recorder?

Any other info on DVD recorders is appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 03:06 PM

I think it depends on the size of disc you put in, g.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: GUEST,999
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 03:07 PM

Good site for you here, Gnu.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: gnu
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 04:23 PM

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 04:33 PM

What sizes of DVD are available, and which ones work well and which ones don't? I know there are dual-layer DVDs that hold a lot more, but I've sometimes have commercial DVDs hang at the spot where the layer changes.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 04:53 PM

On most stand alone DVD recorders I've seen, you can set the record time through the system menu before you start recording. 2 to 2/12 hours is usually considered DVD quality; anything longer and the quality becomes S VHS then VHS quality.
Phillips do an 8 hour recoding mode, and it's OK for backing up VHS tapes


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 04:55 PM

Our DVD recorder is pretty first generation but on long play we can get 4 hours on to a DVD ram disk.

That said its ancient in real terms so you can probably get a lot more especially with hard disk type.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: GUEST,Donal
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 08:32 PM

Our recorder - Panasonic DMR EX 88 - will record up to 8 hours on a DVD-R disc, however, we've had it for about a year and most of the recordings that we have done were on the hard drive, watch one programme, record another, and erase the recording after watching.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 09:51 PM

Blueray dual-layer disc = 50 GB
The rest depends on the format quality and compression ratio you want to save.

I.E. with BRDL you can record.
20 hours of standard video.
5 hours of high definition data.
One BlueRay disc = five of your DVDs.

For a Gnu Not Unix - you seem very limited in your tech.

What sort of television and what country?


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 29 Nov 09 - 05:30 AM

We have a Panasonic and used to use a Sony. They are more or less the same. You can record at standard quality but you have the option to record at higher quality, which takes more space on the hard drive, or at lower quality, which enables you to fit more on. You have the same options when transferring something from the hard drive to a DVD. As the previous "Guest" said, you can get between 2 and 2 1/2 hours on a DVD but that would be at standard quality. Ultimately, it depends on how much you value the thing you're trying to archive.
Ray


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: Edthefolkie
Date: 29 Nov 09 - 12:45 PM

OK let's assume we are using an ordinary DVD-R blank and a Panasonic DMR-EX87EB recorder (UK PAL standard, not Blu-Ray)

XP (High, or best, quality) - 1 hr. Using this you get pretty much the quality of the original TV picture (very slight degradation)

SP (Standard play) - 2 hr. Perfectly OK unless you're nitpicking or have a 50" screen.

LP (Long Play)- 4 hr. Still OK, particularly if you are archiving old VHS material.

EP (Extra Long Play) - 8 hr. Adequate but I personally think just for archiving soaps!

FR (Flexible Recording) - 8 hrs max. This is a really useful option if you want to cram on, say, a couple of programs which run for over 2 hrs. The machine will fill the disc up with minimal loss of quality.

There are of course dual layer discs which extend recording time but not by as much as you'd think, and if you try flexible recording it'll only do 9 hr in LP format. Also, you can't buy them from your local supermarket.

All this is based on a recent marathon where I archived most of my old VHS and and a few S-VHS tapes. All my own material natch, no copyright stuff.....


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: Edthefolkie
Date: 29 Nov 09 - 12:47 PM

Forgot to mention that if you use flexible recording to copy to DVD, you have to do it in real time instead of in about 5 minutes. This can cause marital or family problems!


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD recorder
From: gnu
Date: 30 Nov 09 - 06:14 AM

Great info. Thanks all.


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