Still Need Help With DVD Time Issue

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fhs45

Guest
Thought I'd repost this. I really need some advice.

I need some help. I've tried a lot of sources with no luck, so I'm hoping for some help here. I own a LiteOn DVD Recorder, model LVW-5101. I'm very confused about the editing process, probably because I have very little experience with DVD recorders.

Let's say I'm recording a basketball game. I'm using DVD+RW discs and I'm recording on EP (4 hour speed). I'm not home to stop the recording at the end of the game. The game ends after 2 hours and five minutes, but I don't shut off the recording until after 3 hours and 15 minutes. I go and delete the hour and 10 minutes of video after the game, thinking that that should leave me one hour and 55 minutes of recording time to put new material on the disc. When I check how much recordable time is left, the disc shows that I only have 45 minutes, like I never erased the video I didn't need.

I feel like I'm wasting disc space because I should have four hours to record, but I fall short every time. On this disc, I would only have two hours and 50 minutes of video and then it "tells" me that the disc is full.

Please help me. I'm really new at this, but I have almost 20 years of sports videos that I'm transferring to DVD.

Thanks!

Todd
 

Rasczak

Distinguished Member
Space used by deleted recordings, or part thereof, cannot be recovered on the Liteon using DVD+RW discs until you re-format/re-initilise the disc. It's not really a waste - DVDR discs are quite cheap!
 
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fhs45

Guest
Okay...just to make sure I understand (remember, I have no experience)...re-formatting would mean I would lose what I've already recorded, right?

Is recovering space used by deleted recordings possible with other machines or is this a universal situation and it wouldn't matter which brand I'd use?

Thanks for your help.

Todd
 

Rasczak

Distinguished Member
re-formatting would mean I would lose what I've already recorded, right?
That is correct.

Is recovering space used by deleted recordings possible with other machines
Yes. All DVD-RAM recorders and some DVD-RW VR mode recorders.
 

musukebba

Active Member
Rasczak said:
Space used by deleted recordings, or part thereof, cannot be recovered on the Liteon using DVD+RW discs until you re-format/re-initilise the disc.
Is that true for the Liteon? I hadn't heard that before...

Normally with a +RW machine (excepting the Sonys of course) you can reclaim space recovered by deleting things after the first title, including a divide followed by a delete of the created second title.

The scenario you describe could also happen when you have a generalised 'SP' setting for the recorder, but have temporarily over-ridden that with the LP mode for the recording. After you finish editing, the recorder might show the remaining time according to the global 'SP' setting.

But here I am talking Philips again.. ;)
 

Rasczak

Distinguished Member
Yeah the LiteOn has some 'custom' implementations of DVDR (+ and -) technology. What goes for main brands doesn't necessarily apply on the Liteon.
 

Rasczak

Distinguished Member
And Philips +R recorders
With some severe limitations. For example deleting an advert break in the middle of a recoridng will NOT recover that space....
 

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