SONY RDRHXD995 250GB HDD DVD Recorder... Please help answer my questions!!

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  1. mahoo

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    This is my first thread so sorry if I'm asking too many stupid questions.

    I've been thinking about getting this DVD Recorder for a while now but I have a few questions: :lease:

    1) Would I be able to record one channel and watch another (My hdtv has freeview built in if this helps)?

    2) Would I be able to rewind Live TV (i've seen some that start recording when you switch to a new channel thus allowing you to rewind)?

    3) I have a Samsung VCR, would i be able to connect it to this DVD Recorder and transfer home videos from the VCR to the HDD?

    4) I have a satellite (Hotbird) connected to my TV, would I be able to record from it?

    5) I also have a Sony HDR-HC5E HDV Camcorder, would I be able to connect it to the DVD Recorder and transfer the Mini DV tapes to the HDD (using HDMI or other to keep the best quality)?

    6) And finally (for now :confused:) would I be able to transfer whats on the HDD to an external hard drive via USB??


    Thanks a lot in advance :thumbsup:


    Ps. Is this a good way of getting footage from VHS/Camcorder to DVD?? And how can the quality be improved??
     
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    1) yes , the recorder records 1 channel while your tv is tuned to another , but the recorder cannot do 2 things at once , so you leave it recording and use the tv tuner for watching tv or satellite or whatever

    2) if you actually start a recording first , you can rewind it , so its actually chase live tv , but only if you have initiated the recording first

    3) yes , provided they are not copy protected

    4) yes , using a scart lead from the sat box to line 1 input on the 995

    5) yes as the sony has a firewire input , as well as other inputs like composite , but only in SD as it doesnt accept HD as an input

    6) no , definitely not , dvd transfer only to a disk , not to usb
     
  3. mahoo

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    Thanks a lot for your answers :thumbsup:

    Why can't I transfer the footage from the HDD to an external hard drive?
    Is there a way round this?
     
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    No.

    Using DVD's as a transport medium to get material to PC's is the only option.

    This is a quite deliberately crippled limitation on the part of the maker ... and it applies to all makers ....who are part of the DVD forum and DVD alliance.
    It is a restriction of the DVD manufacturing license.
     
  5. mahoo

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    Is this a good way of getting footage from VHS/Camcorder to DVD?? And what can I do to get the best possible quality? Or how can the quality be improved??

    Thanks Again :smashin:
     
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    Would I be able to get material from the External Hard Drive to the Recorder's HDD??
     
  7. ramjet

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    probably , but only pictures and mp3 or wma files

    I suggest you d/l the pdf manual from sony`s website and check it out

    ie:- you wont get any video from usb to hdd , or from hdd to usb
     
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    yes its a good method of doing this , but you cannot improve on the quality of the original recording without using a powerful pc , getting it onto there and remastering it , like they do in expensive studios for instance

    so basically its as good as it gets when you use a scart lead or somposite leads and go vcr to dvd/hdd "as is"

    no doubt some bright spark will have other ideas though ;)
     

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