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DVD recorder newbie

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by scottbown, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. scottbown

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    Hi all,
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    I'm new to this area of AV forums, spent the last month or so reading the plasma and console gaming sections.

    I want to get a DVD recorder for recording analoge TV at the moment and Cable/sky in the near future. I currently play DVD's via xbox, however it can get a bit tempremental when player copied discs when it's been running for a while. So I'm looking for the DVD recorder to be a good player as well (so Progressive Scan is a must really). Saw the Cambridge Audio DVD53+RW looks good, any comments?

    I'm not bothered about multi-region as xbox plays 'em.

    I've just seen the Panasonic DMRE85 on Richer sounds for £290, looks good and has a hard drive as well. Which sounds great, but do i need it?, Do they do the auto record things like TVIO's do?

    Genral questions about DVD-Recorders:
    -Can i record a TV prog on record then play it back on someone elses stardard DVD player or in a DVD rom drive?
    -Is it better to go DVD-R or +R, i have a dual format burner but only use DVD-R's as they were cheaper and know they work well in xbox.
    -Can you use standard DVD-R Data discs? or do you have to buy DVD Video recordable discs? (like what ya have to do with hi-fi CD recorders)

    Any comments would be great?

    Thanks,

    Scott
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  2. scottbown

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    sorry, ignor my newbie questions i have just found the sticky thread that answers most of them... Doh!

    Still i'd be interested in peoples comments on good DVD recorded sub £200
    Cambridge Audio DVD53+RW - any good?

    also after a quick read i could find a definate answer to "Can i record a TV prog on record then play it back on someone elses stardard DVD player (XBOX) or in a DVD rom drive?"
    and "Do DVD-R's with HD do the auto record thing like TVIO's do?"

    Cheers,

    Scott
     
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    Scott, it is possible to record on a DVD and then play it back on another DVD player or DVD Rom drive in a PC as long as the unit accepts the same format as the DVD disc you are using such as DVD-R, DVD+R etc.
    DVD recorders with built in HDD can perform similar actions as TIVO and SKY+ in that they can pause live TV etc.
    YOu can then transfer any video you have recorded on the HDD to a DVD disc for archiving, this is great for keeping video that you really like.
    I would say that sub £200 players are much of a muchness, it is only once you start getting above that you start to see big differences in quality. I would always recommend Panasonic DMRE55/50 and JVC recorders.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    Cheers for the advice ElchenUK.

    TIVO and SKY+ have a kind of AI that auto records programs you like, is this possible on DVD recorders with HD? Or is this down to the features of the recorder?

    Cheers

    Scott
     
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    Scott, it is possible to record on a DVD and then play it back on another DVD player or DVD Rom drive in a PC as long as the unit accepts the same format as the DVD disc you are using such as DVD-R, DVD+R etc.
    DVD recorders with built in HDD can perform similar actions as TIVO and SKY+ in that they can pause live TV etc.
    YOu can then transfer any video you have recorded on the HDD to a DVD disc for archiving, this is great for keeping video that you really like.
    I would say that sub £200 players are much of a muchness, it is only once you start getting above that you start to see big differences in quality. I would always recommend Panasonic DMRE55/50 and JVC recorders.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    oops sorry for the multiple post!!
     
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    Scott, having never owned a Sky box or a TIVO box I can't really comment. How does the TIVO box know what programs you like? Do you have to categorise programs and then notify Tivo to record those types of programs?
    I know that a of DVD recorders come with videoplus built in, but this is no where near as sophisticated as what you mention.
     

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