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  1. carl310166

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    hi,
    help! i am new to this forum and have read a lots of posts,but please be patient as i find this a bit confusing!

    i know the anwers are probably in the forum somewhere,but i can print this out to keep.

    it seems the panasonic e50 is the machine to buy,especially as the price is about to drop.

    i would like to know,

    1.i want to perform a straight copy of my sons video collection to dvd.

    what media would be suitable for doing this,and how cheap is it (dvd r) ?

    will it but chapters in automatically?

    2.i have sky+,and would like to back up recordings to dvd,ideally i would like to remove adverts etc,but it is NOT essential,if this machine can't do it.

    what media is suitable for this,and what does it cost?

    is it (dvd ram)?

    will it put chapters in automatically?

    3.is it possible to do a dvd to dvd copy,if i just press play on one machine,and record on the panasonic?
    so obviously,i would have no menus etc,just the film in question?

    4.dvd r NOT very compatable with other machines?

    5.dvd ram,more compatable,but not always?

    as i said,i have sky+,so i don't need to record to dvd while the programme is being broadcast.

    will this help to stop any bad/failure recordings?

    i would really apreciate any help,i know there are some very knowledgeable people on this forum.

    thanks

    carl
     
  2. Rasczak

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    This is very straight forward - a VCR can be easily plugged into the E50 and a copy made. DVD-R is the ideal media for this. Such disks can costs anywhere from £0.50 - £3 each. For long term archiving I suggest buying branded media from any company such as Panasonic, Pioneer, TDK, Maxell, Sony, JVC etc - such disks will cost around £2 each.

    The E50 will insert chapters automatically every 5/6 minutes.

    If you want to edit recordings then you would need to use DVD-RAM which allows precise, accurate editting but has limited compatibility with other DVD players. The only way to make editted recordings from Sky which play on other DVD players is to buy a HDD/DVDR combo such as the Panasonic HS2 (but obviously that is twice the price of the E50).

    If you just want a basic archive of something on Sky again DVD-R is the media to use. Chapters are automatically inserted every 5/6 minutes. If recording to DVD-RAM you can compile playlists as opposed to chapters.

    No - copy protection prevents this.

    Other way around. DVD-R has near universal compatibility - rated at 96%+ by www.cdr-info.com which makes it the most compatibile type of DVDR media. DVD-RAM has very low compatibility only working in the latest DVD players from Panasonic and JVC (and from next year Toshiba and Thompson).
     
  3. carl310166

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    thanks! very helpfull.

    could you tell me a rough price for dvd ram discs?
     
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    thanks again.
     
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    sorry,i have another question.

    are ram discs rewriteable?
     
  7. Rasczak

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    Yes of course!

    A DVD-RAM disk is re-writeable upto 100,000 times (making it approximately 100 times longer lasting than other DVD media).

    A DVD-R is, of couse, write-once.
     
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    so,does that mean,

    i could record an edited programme to dvd-ram.

    copy to dvd-r (via my laptop with apropriate software) or is there another way?

    and re-use dvd-ram over and over?

    i
     
  9. Rasczak

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    Yes it does - although you would need suitable hardware on your laptop for reading the DVD-RAMs. Depending upon make your DVD-ROM might already be compatible - otherwise you would need an external DVD-ROM drive such as those from Toshiba.
     
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    you've made my day!

    as soon as the price comes down in the new year,i will buy one,although it's very tempting to get one now! i don't know if i can wait that long!

    thanks again Rasczak !!
     
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    Don't forget a number of vhs tapes are also copy protected and will not copy without special connections to over-ride the protection system. Disney ones are the best protected
     
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    Which can be overcome by using video stablisers from the likes of www.keene.co.uk

    In reality the tapes most likely to be copy protected are ones you'll have on DVD anyway (and thus not want to copy) as they are the titles from major studios. Like, as Kenfowler says, Disney. It's certainly not an issue for home recordings.
     

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