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Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by WBC, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. WBC

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    Guys,

    Can you help??

    I'm looking for a DVD/Hard Disk recorder and have come up with the following short list (based mostly on price)

    Lg RH4820
    Panasonic DMRE85
    Liteon LVW-5045
    Pioneer DVR420

    What do you recommend????

    Thanks
    Stace :D
     
  2. Greamec

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    It is not on your list but my Toshiba RD-XS32 is really growing on me, glad I got it.

    Regards Greame
     
  3. WBC

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    I forgot to mention that I'm interested in DV editing. Assuming its good eenough to take the function away from my pc.
     
  4. Steve N

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    I would strongly reccomend a panny.
    However, you would ideally want the DMRE95. It has a DV input which the 85 has not. It also has a useful 160 G harddrive against the 80 of the DMRE85. In all other respects it is identical and the double memory is really useful.
    I also think the pannys are far ahead of the competition when it comes to editing etc.
    The 95 is available at around £399 now
     
  5. musukebba

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    It's unlikely that you will find any standalone DVD recorder that is more flexible and offers more options that your PC can (for example, importation of other clips, fades, wipes, titling, separated audio channel editing). Re-encoding of material can be of better quality as you can use a 2-pass process.

    However if it is simple trimming or advert removal then you might be happy with a standalone recorder. Bear in mind there may also be competition for the AV resources from others in your household, and they may not share your enthusiasm for editing while an important program is on TV.
     
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    The toshiba mkes great DVD's from camcorder footage, not to difficult either.And it is quicker than the PC.

    Greame
     
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    Entirely agree. The Toshiba/Panasonic/Pioneer models all do a decent job at editing and re-arranging clips. In some aspects the Toshiba also offers more options than basic PC editing suites (GOP control for example) although certainly for transition effects PCs are the only option. Personally I use my set-top DVD recorder exclusively for editing but my PC for authoring (creating custom menus) - but if fancy menus aren't an issue then HDD/DVDRs tend to be fine. The Panasonic's have the slight edge over Toshiba models for smoothness of editing - although identical results can be achieved with the Toshiba if you take the time to learn the machine.

    Re-encoding isn't an issue as, if you take the time to learn your machine, you will use Flexible Record onto the HDD and thus keep it as a first generation copy.
     
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    I agree that a set top recorder (like my XS32) is quicker for editing, and yes you can create a nice DVD from DV footage.

    However, as Musukebba said, it can't match the power of a DV editing package, if you want to add fancy effects to the video itself.

    For DV - if I want to create something quickly I'll use the set top recorder (XS32), but for my family film mastepieces I edit these on the PC using a DV editing package.

    For recordings from TV, I use the set top recorder exclusively. I know I could make fancier menus on a PC, but for these recordings what I get from the settop is fine for me.

    That's just my preferences.. it's generally a trade off between the time it takes and what you want to achieve.

    Mark
     
  9. Rasczak

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    If you want to add fancy effects the PC is the only option.
     
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    As mentioned previously, the PC is also the only option for importation of other clips and separate audio channel editing.
     
  11. Rasczak

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    Not if they are in DVD standard MPEG2 it's not.
     
  12. musukebba

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    Does this mean there are DVD recorders which can seamlessly insert sections of video/audio from one title into another?

    If so, would you care to elucidate...?
     
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    Yes I do.

    Only if a geniune user asks...
     
  14. musukebba

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    Someone needs to desensitize...

    Over to you then, 'genuine user'.
     

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