VHS to DVD - help required

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  1. AFCB01

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    Many thanks to peaople who have already helped me on here

    Have finally decide to get a Panasonic E60

    Firstly can someone help with the set up as usually the manuals are not very clear

    ie what leads , cables meed to be purchased and where they go to and from

    Basically its a TV , NTL Digital Box , DVDR and the video

    Also can the video be permanently linked up or can it only be done when you want to transfer a video to VHS

    Once it is set up and I have copied a programme to DVD-RAM and edited out adverts and want to copy it to DVD-R via the PC will a burner and Nero suffice or do I need the Author software that has been mentioned

    All I would really want to do is put headings/chapters for say each music video

    Also does anybody know if the list of chapters is infinite ie if you had 4 hours of 3 minute videos is there enough storage space to label each one

    Thanks

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  2. pd45

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    Ref chapters I don't believe you can have more than 99 usually

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  3. Rasczak

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    IMHO you best just hooking up the VCR to the DVDR as and when you have something to copy as a scart connection is preferrable to using AV3.

    Therefore the optimium connection line up for you would be Scart connections connected up as follows:

    NTL Digibox RGB Out > AV2 on the E60 and then AV1 > TV (RGB in)

    VCR > TV (Composite In)

    To hook up your VCR you would need to disconnect the NTL box from the E60 and connect your VCR out Scart to AV2 on your E60 (ensuring you goto Functions/Setup/Connections and change AV1 and AV2 to 'Video/Composite').

    I would go for the TMPG Enc Author software I recommended! :D I suggest you download the demo of each programme - see if you like it/does what you want. The reason I suggested TMPG is because it will convert the VRO file format of a DVD-RAM disk into standard MPEG. I don' think Nero can do this.

    Before you buy anything by the way what DVD burner do you have? I only ask because not all DVD burners/DVD-ROM drives can read DVD-RAM disks. This isn't really a problem as you can pick up dirt cheap DVD-RAM compatible ROM drives to supplement you burner. I thought I should mention it though. An example of a DVD-RAM compatible ROM drives are:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=40271

    Many PCs come with a DVD-RAM compatible ROM drive without saying so try a RAM disk before splashing out on a new drive.

    Yes you are limited to 99 chapters.
     
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    Many thanks again Rasczak

    The burner was a Panasonic bought from e buyer so shouldnt be a problem

    Thanks for all the connection tips so basically just need 2 scart leads - any recomendations for those as well as the best discs to use as there seems a multitude of both on the market

    This info would help for both DVD-R and DVD-RAM

    The burner I have is new so havent really had a chance to try it out yet
     
  5. Rasczak

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    QED leads seem to be a nice compromise between price and quality. For example the QED AV21:
    http://www.hificables.co.uk/acatalog/QED_AV21_SCART.html

    I'm sure other people can recommend other suitable brands.

    DVD-R
    For important things you want to archive long term I would stick with branded media. Any 'major' name brand - Panasonic, JVC, Sony, TDK, Pioneer, Maxell, HP etc. For daily use copies/give away disks then I suggest you buy a "media trial pack" which consists of numerous cheap disks to enable you to determine which ones work best. Have a look here:
    http://www.blankdiscshop.co.uk/acatalog/FOR_DVD_R_RW_CLICK_HERE.html

    Other cheap sources of DVD-Rs are:
    http://www.dvd-and-media.com/dvdr media.htm
    ...and...
    http://www.digitalpromo.co.uk/
    ...and...
    http://www.cd-rmedia.co.uk/cgi-bin2/cdrmedia/sections.pl?id=12&tab=0

    DVD-RAM
    Again any major brand of DVD-RAM will do. Decide if you want caddied or non-caddied media. If you have children then caddied media might be safer. Caddied media will also last longer (upto 100,000 re-writes). On the other hand does your burner take caddied media? If not you can take caddied media out of there caddies (Type II media only) but they don't have the surface protection that dedicated non-caddied disks have. Also you may want to use your DVD-RAMs in compatible players virtually all of which do NOT take caddies. Good sources for DVD-RAM media are:
    http://eshop.panasonic.co.uk/
    ...and...
    http://www.dvd-and-media.com/dvd-ram-media.htm
    ...and...
    http://www.cd-rmedia.co.uk/cgi-bin2/cdrmedia/listproducts.pl?type=direct&catid=23
     

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