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Panasonic Flexible Record on DVD

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by karl, Mar 22, 2003.

  1. karl

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    Hi

    I have just purchased a Panny E-50 recorder.

    I am using it to archive old films off Sky+ and series - Taken & 24.

    I use flexible record for films- great for example to maximise the quality of a 124 minute film - just set FR to 124 mins.

    However, I am not sure how to do this for a series of programs to be recorded. For example 3 episodes of 24 - approx 45 mins each.

    If I output one episode and set time to 45 mins it will record at max quality and almost fill the disc.

    I suppose I could set FR to 2h15 but I would then have to manualy stop the recording after 45mins.

    I could select all 3 episodes and output in one block set at FR of 2h15 mins. But I don`t think I can then edit a DVD-R to split the recording into the three episodes.

    I could record 2 episodes at the SP setting (2hrs per disc) at then record the final episode on the remaing part of the disc but this would be at a lower quality to the others and I would like consistency across the disc if possible.

    is it possible to set a timer recording for 45 mins with FR quality of 2h15 mins ? If you see what I mean.

    Am I missing something or is the manual record the only way ?

    Thanks

    Karl
     
  2. Fuel Crusher

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    "I suppose I could set FR to 2h15 but I would then have to manualy stop the recording after 45mins."
    Thats the way to do it. :)
     
  3. Fuel Crusher

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    Oh, and for the second episode you'd set the timer for 1hr30min and again manualy stop after 45mins. Then a FR of 45 mins for the last episode.
    Personaly I usualy put four sometimes five episodes on a disc and they still look good enough on my 42" tosh.
    Regards
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  4. karl

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    Thats the way then.

    A little fiddly - I`ll have to pay attention and not just leave it.

    Thanks
     
  5. karl

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    I`ll stretch it to four episodes then.

    Running on a 37" plasma or via Sanyo PLV-Z1 projector.
     
  6. Fuel Crusher

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    You do have to be on the ball, especially if you're saving the series to watch later, I quite often forget and overshoot a few minutes. You still get all the episodes on but obviously overshooting is wasted space on the disc.
    If I were you I'd experiment to see how many episodes you put on a disc, our standards may vary, :D

    Cheers
    Paul
     
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    Personally I don't do more than three 45 min eps per disc. Ultimately it's what you can live with.:cool:


    It's funny, but when i started using FR for series, I was working it out to the minute on a calculator.:D Since modern series minus adverts usually clock in at 42-43 minutes in length, I usually fit three eps a disc at a total of about 2hrs 9 minutes. Which still looks pretty good since it has just gone over the SP mode in duration.
     
  8. bobbles

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    more options on the direct record time length would have been very handy though and quite easy to impliment I would imagine
     

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