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Is it possible to make a 'perfect' digital copy off Freeview onto DVDR using MCE?


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As the title says, if you have a DVB-T tuner in your MCE PC, will recordings from it be kept in the original MPEG2 format and therefore be transferrable to recordable DVD 'as is' without any re-encoding (or at least, minimal modification).

Also, is it possible to generally access the recordings with generic software (ie. they are simple data files somewhere in the directory structure) or are they only 'manipulatable' through the MCE application?



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I have noticed that providing I only put around 1 & 1/2 hours of video onto a 4.7Gb DVD-R when using SonicEncoders.msi (ie Create DVD Video via the 10 foot interface) that the burning is reasonablly quick (approx 1 hour). If I try and put 2 hours onto a 4.7Gb DVD-R then it pops up a message saying that the quality will need to be decreased and it takes alot more time.

I have always thought that when you record using a DVB-T card all you are doing is just copying the perfect digital stream onto a MS-DVR file and then when you create a DVD using this file then you are just lifting that file and putting it straight onto the DVD with no modification to the MPEG stream at all.

I have recorded things like Life on Mars and the 2nd series of Dr Who etc and the quality is perfect when compared with the original TV boardcast.

The only thing I am not sure about is which one has the better quality DVB-S or DVB-T as did hear that satellite uses a higher bitrate for the BBC channels so the quality is better.

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