Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by dennyblair, Jan 19, 2008.
Pioneer DVR-940HX-S - need help on transferring from V+ box Help and from VHS tapes.
Welcome to the forum.
You've not given us much to go on in terms of what help you require.
Basically, look at 14 of your manual. Connect V+ TV scart to AV2 [ top scart] of the Pioneer.
Connect your VCR to input 3 [ No 12 on diagram].
To record either, select the appropriate input and push record.
if its standard home made vhs tapes just link up with a scart lead from a vcr and copy as normal using the correct line input
if its original tapes then read the announcement at the top of the page regarding copy protection and what you can and cannot talk about on the forums
Thanks Gavtech. So far as the V+ box is concerned I havef ollowed the instructions to identify the recorded programmes I want to transfer to the Pioneer HD and I can set the latter to do that. Because I am wanting to transfer about 8 hours of recording at a time, I do it at night. The problem is that by the morning DVR hadn't turned itself off when the last recording had been transferred. This means I am getting hours of "nothing" being recorded which I then have to locate and delete. There must be a way of setting the DVR to turn itself off but I can't find how to do it.
Also, for the VHS tape transfer if there is a way of transferring at a faster rate than normal I haven't discovered how to do that.
Sorry, if I sound a novice but I suppose I am!
The simplest way of getting it to switch off is to use the Instant timer feature.
Press the record button on the unit multiple times. Each press adds 30 minutes to the recording length.
VHS transfers have to be done in real time. There is no other option.
Welcome to the 940HX club ! Others have already answered your question, but do please let me know when/if you connect a second (eSATA) drive. I have added a Seagate 500Gb unit to mine (there was an initial glitch, but all now seems well), but I have yet to find any utility that can read the data back from the eSATA drive (other than the Pioneer box, of course !).
The great beauty of the second drive is that you can archive an original recording before dividing it; then, if you divide it in the wrong place (and bearing in mind that there is no "combine titles" feature : a sad omission, IMHO), you can always replace it from archive. Since the second drive can be literally any size, this means that you're not limited to archiving recordings <= 8.5gB.
I don't know the Pioneer's interface system, but the normal way of working around that issue in other makes of machine, is to combine titles using the 'Playlists' function.
Have you looked into that?
Yes, I can combine for playing purposes, and I can combine when writing to DVD, but what I cannot do is what my cheapo Targa box did with ease : just rejoin two titles back to one on a single hard disc ! Targa support both split and merge operations, but the better machines seem to lack the merge feature. I had hoped that the "combine during copy" which is supported for HDD -> DVD copying might also be supported for HDD -> HDD2, but sadly it is not ...
OK - Understood.
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