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  1. I'm a MEGA Super Moderator Baldrick's Avatar
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    No, I only use my computer to record video.
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    Yes, a Philips DVDR-80 DVD+R/RW recorder.

    I use the PC to edit the recordings.
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    I assume you mean a standalone dvd recorder. No, I still use a VCR.
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    Hi,

    I use a stereo vcr for recording. I then dub it to mpeg2 using my hauppauge wintv pvr 250.

    Kevin

    (I still can't get a good enough arial antenna to get a clear signal in the room where my computer is.... otherwise I'd cap straight to the pc.)
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    No, I only use my computer to record video.
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    I use my computer to capture video most of the time. On rare occasions, I'll use my VCR. So, it's a bit of both. Seems like the means of choice ... with 42% of all votes in one of those categories or the other.
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  7. Old Panasonic dvd recorder, still works too.....
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    Yes I have a desktop dvr
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    I really only use my computer to capture video.
    The desktop exists in case the computer isn't booted and I can't wait!
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    Originally Posted by handyguy
    Old Panasonic dvd recorder, still works too.....
    Old? How old could it be? Two years... max?

    Now, if you would have said "Panasonic Top Loading VCR"... That's old.
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    I use a cable HDPVR SA8300 to record and store TV progms and transfer to norm def vid's using DVD Recorder and then edit DVD disk on my computer.
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    I capture by using my Mini-DV cam as an analog to digital converter.
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  12. Just starting to phase out my VCR. I still use the VCR as a backup, but lately more and more I've been using my timed PC recordings for my primary viewing pleasure. It suits me because the PC is usually recording widescreen HDTV.

    This is definately the way to go... especially for sports events. No more dealing with crummy SLP recordings of ballgames, and now HDTV quality too. As a side note, I was disappointed that the 2005 Indy 500 was not HDTV.


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    Old? How old could it be? Two years... max? "

    Actualy I have a e30, but there was a e20 before that & probaly a e10, which might be around 4 years.
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    DVR with my Cable TV provider.
    Had a Direct TV TiVo. Liked the TiVo much more than the SA/Pioneer DVR cable boxes.

    I generally don't record TV. I find the reception to be poor quality for the shows I'd like to record. WOW, Time Warner, Cox, and Direct TV all have more or less the same quality Digital TV, which, IMO, is dirt poor.

    The movie channels (HBO ....) look pretty good, but the rest of the channels just suck.

    Maybe time to upgrade to HDTV.
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  15. I have both a DVD recorder and a SKY+ PVR.

    The SKY+ box is a bit like a TIVO, but it records the digital data stream from the satelite straight to HD, still encrypted tho. It has completley changed the way we watch TV in our house (we now have 2 of them!).
    It is now pretty rare for us to watch a program 'live' it is either recorded or sometimes simply paused while we wait for a convenient time to start viewing. Live rewing is great for whne you missed some dialog because of an interruption, or to review ref's decisions whne watching sport!

    Main drawback is that the only way of archiving recording long term is analog out to the DVD recorder (or other capture device), no chance of preserving the original digital recording other than leaving it on the internal HD.
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  16. I used to record movies some years ago on a VCR. I stopped doing that. Now I just use the computer to capture Video via Dazzle Hollywood DV Bridge (I know, it is yuck, but until I need something better ...)
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  17. I use my ReplayTv. I have 3 capture cards in my closet, can't even remember the names of two of them. Set the record with the replay channel guide, schedule the task to download the mpg to the pc overnight, edit, and burn if need be. Great for Tv or VHS transfers. Nice and easy. At this point in time, I couldn't imagine going back to capturing to my pc.
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    Philips DVDR75, DVD+R(W) set-top recorder, works great for TV recording and for VCR/camcorder tape transfer.
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    I use my computer to capture video....I have no need to waste money on TiVos and other types of recorders. Using Scenalyzer I can set timer recordings direct from the sattelite to the laptop via camcorder passthrough and then I transfer the video to my main workstation PC for editing and burning to DVD. Pretty much when you capture from sattelitte to PC you pretty much get the best quality you can get. I only use a VCR anymore as a backup, as I am phasing out VHS myself.

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  20. I use my PC to capture DVB streams at the same quality they were transmitted - I wouldn't consider a standalone recorder without this feature.

    Can't recommend the Nebula DigiTv crap though - software from hell, I think they employed the Pinnacle DC30 coders.


    re : "Old Panasonic dvd recorder, still works too....."

    I guess 4 years could be a while if you're 15/16 years old.
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  21. Will probably get one when they come at a reasonable price with a digital tuner built in, not really interested in bloated analog captures (By bloated I mean crappy analog quality captured at DVD bitrates)
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    First, I'd like to point out again.. that this *alternate method*
    is *not* a replacement to my usual video process methods.

    I have two units (an iLO 04 and Pioneer 220-S) However, I pretty much
    use my 220-S.

    And, I mostly use it for when I don't care much about maximum quality
    in my projects, because these are just quicky records of shows to
    watch later on.. for instance, the show on WB-11, "..The Geek".. I record
    that show every Wednesday.. I pop in an -R disk, and press record, and
    I continue on my merry way with my endeavors while it records the show.

    Also, when I'm doing this, and have other records to do, I don't bother
    with the finalize step. I may wait till the following week to actually
    finilize the disk. The buity of this is that the finalize will still
    work later on, even after you've recorded to other -R disks

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    I use my PC to capture.
    I also use a VCR for stuff that I'm not home for, as I cannot get ATI's MMC to work worth a damn...
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  24. I use my VCR for the tuner, passed through my Sony camcorder into my firewire connection on the computer and use WinDV to "capture". And I wrote a scheduling program for unattended recording, (after the Windows scheduler let me down a couple times).
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    I have a Wintal PVR-X10 (I believe only available in Australia). Unfortunately I can only use analogue transfer to copy programmes over to the PC. Fortunately, most TV is crap and one worth a one time watch.
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  26. Originally Posted by guns1inger
    Fortunately, most TV is crap and one worth a one time watch.
    Australia maybe...

    Here in the UK, TV is really crap and not even worth a one time watch.
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    Dishnetwork deal came with a PVR unit, man I love that thing.
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