Longer recordings across 2 DVDs?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by catesby, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. catesby

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    Am in the market for a HDD DVD recorder but some of them do not seem to allow you to span a longer single recording across 2 discs - such as a long film - without dropping the quality down.

    Have been looking at the Sony HX1000. Does anyone know whether you can use two discs on this?

    Anyone recommend a machine that can do it?

    It seems crazy to me that you can only archive material in the highest quality if it's less than an hour long (or have I got it wrong?). Are double layer discs the answer?
     
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    Most will allow you to do this - the Sony range being the notable exception. Panasonic, Toshiba and Pioneer models are the slickest for editting, dividing and re-arranging.

    The highest quality modes - that have a maximum recording length of 1 hour per 4.7GB DVDR - use the maximum permitted DVD bitrate. Using this mode produces stunning results but it can be overkill - especially for UK low bitrate Digital TV. Most DVD recorder do a good job of upto 2hrs onto a disc - a select few do a good job upto around 3hrs.

    They would be if any set-top DVD recorders could use them yet. We won't see models that can do this until later this year.

    May I suggest you have a look here for basic DVD recorder advice?
     
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    Thanks for further reading advice. Very useful. Buying a DVD recorder isn't simple, is it?

    You mention that some 'select' recorders do a good job at three hours a DVD. Can you name a couple?
     
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    Panasonic and Thompson models in short - and out of those two the former offers more options/features.
     
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    If you ever need to split a long DVD to 2 DVDs using your PC you can use DVDfab (1.17) freeware which works very well.
    Program and guide found at:
    http://www.mrbass.org/dvdfab/
     

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