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    Can any Blu-ray recorder (eg Panasonic) record video in H264 from SCART socket?

    Do these recorders even have such sockets at all?
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    Some did have an SCART port, but mostly destined for the UK or German markets.

    SCART is old, like from the 70s or 80s, it was mostly phased out once HDMI cable about.

    Only the earliest Blu-ray recorders from Panasonic included an SCART, they were quickly replaced by RCA/S-Video and HDMI connectors in subsequent generations.

    H.264 was developed/targeted at that time for "streaming devices" like iPads, Phones, and streaming playback devices like Roku or Streaming sticks.

    Each version of compression has many profiles, intended for different purposes. H.264 streaming profile was much poorer quality than H.262/MPEG2. H.264 was considered an auxiliary format that didn't look that bad on small devices because you couldn't "See" the details anyway and could overlook artifacts.

    Apple adopted H.264 but using a different profile for QuickTime and FinalCut .. so its not as bad.. but it confuses the heck out of talking about H.264 unless you tack on what profile your using.

    In the years when Blu-ray could capture video to Blu-ray they almost always captured "first" to MPEG2 and "transcoded" with a hardware chip "when necessary" to H.264 for viewing over a web browser or app on a phone or device.

    In the UK/Euro models they also captured in "DR" format which was more like a "broadcast kit" of pieces of a program, you got a video stream, and one of many audio and multilingual close caption streams.. only when a DR is played back is a custom "bespoken" binding of the elements comes together based on how you set up the recorder to "present" the program.

    Blu-ray recorders also captured broadcast MPEG-TS HDTV resolution streams as well as DR streams.. but was honor bound to "downconvert" to SD resolution at MPEG2 before burning to a Blu-Ray disc.. much to the disappointment of many Blu-ray recorder owners.

    Today (or as of 2012) Game capture boxes will capture direct to H.264, some thumb drive over the air DVRs will capture to H.264. Lorex 8 channel composite security camera recorders will record to low quality H.264

    But the Game Capture or Blackmagic Professional H.264 (which is no longer made) are probably the better H.264.. the finished recordings however often aren't entirely standards compliant and require some cleanup or massaging after recording to be playable on other devices.. or Burnable to Blu-ray. - But (None) have analog signal cleanup, like time base correction or frame sync buffering.. which VHS or Beta tapes usually need.
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    BMD and Atomos have good HDMI recorders that record to SD card(s) find yourself a good VCR & converter setup, there are still some (PAL) DMR-ES35V for sale on the internet, and with a BMD converter, or tested gamers converter, (like NK-P60) this will work fine, (if you want to go "on the cheap" a scaler will do, the scaling to 16:9 makes it stable, but needs to be converted to 4:3)
    Be aware that a lot of people talking out of NTSC experience not PALů. there's a difference in make of equipment also.. also due legislation..
    Last edited by Eric-jan; 24th Sep 2022 at 08:02.
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