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  1. Member
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    Have I been wasting my time figuring out how to capture from VHS (I had HUGE issues with this), encode (takes hours), author (mixed results), and burn (I made quite a few coasters)?

    Could I have just bought a Philips DVDR985, poped in a video casette, and 2 hours later have a perfectly recorded DVD?

    I have looked at Philips.com and read various reviews about this recorder on the net. Is it really that fast and easy?
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  2. http://www.bestbuy.com/Detail.asp?m=1&cat=32&scat=&e=11101883


    But $900 for a press-a-button solution?

    Capturing with a PC gives you options of editing video and audio.
    Transistions and special effects etc

    But if you want to "press a button" and
    have money laying around, go ahead.
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    Sure, I want to press a button and have a perfect copy pop out! I've been killing myself trying to learn this stuff.

    I had no idea it could be easy. Since I am goal oriented, I do want a fast, easy solution.

    I've already spent $600 doing this the hard way.
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    I see it is $799. Well that's too bad for me because I already went over my budget and don't have any more $$$.

    I guess what I'm really asking is: Would someone please explain to me that doing it by capturing, encoding, authoring, and burning has some advantages over the push-a-button method.

    Any advantages at all???? Please???
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  5. Fill out your profile so we know what you spent with your $600

    This is what I would done:

    DV camcorder with pass-through feature like Canon ZR40 etc
    (Or a really good capture card)

    Use Moviemaker2.0 that is free with WindowsXP,
    to import DV file, for cutting and special effects. (save as DV file)

    Encode to m2v + m2a with tmpgenc 2.59 ($50)

    DVD author with ifoedit 0.95 (freeware)
    or Sonic MyDVD (free with dvd burner)

    Burn VIDEO_TS folder with NERO. (free with dvd burner)

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    Any advantages?

    If you bought a DVD burner for your PC just so you
    could transfer a few old VHS tapes, maybe gotten the DVDR985
    would been better for you if you do not have the time to learn.

    But if you own a DV camcorder and like to video edit,
    backup DVDs to DVDR, backup Harddrive..............
    You can do some much more when you do not act like a tool
    and buy a "press a button solution"
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    Originally Posted by tonyp12
    If you bought a DVD burner for your PC just so you
    could transfer a few old VHS tapes, maybe gotten the DVDR985
    would been better for you if you do not have the time to learn.
    Thanks, Tony. I guess that answers my question.
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  7. But $800 for a few tapes?

    A service company like this can do a few tapes.
    http://www.vhs-to-dvd.com

    If you have 20+ tapes maybe doing it yourself is more economical.
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  8. I agreed. If the number of tape is not many.,
    send to a service burea.
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    I went out an bought a panasonic E-30 DVD recorder and works great. Better check compatability issues BEFORE spending a dime. The Philips DVD+R/RW is not as compatable as the DVD-R/RW! I have several Sony dvd players and NONE of them play the +R/+RW disks.

    I make great DVD copies from video tapes and then I have a under $200 burnner to make digital copies of the recorded DVD disks. I also have a Terapin VCD recorder and works well within its limitations. Great for making videos to send others, Cheaply since it uses regular CD-R blanks for video. (AudioCD copies require use of music CD blanks).

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  10. I am not sure where you got your information. +R and +RW disks are compatible with just about all Sony DVD-video players. +R is at least as compatible as -R. +RW is more compatible than -RW.

    http://www.dvdplusrw.org/resources/compatibilitylist_dvdvideo.html
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  11. The problem with the Panasonic E30 is that you cannot play the DVD-RAM disc on most DVD players. So if compatibility is your main goal, you're stuck using DVD-Rs. Unfortunately, you're not utilizing the unit's best feature (Time Slip and Chasing Play) if all you're using is DVD-R.

    Of course you can always buy a DVD player that can play DVD-RAM. But that's adding extra $$$ to your buttom line.
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    [/b] . """" I am not sure where you got your information. +R and +RW disks are compatible with just about all Sony DVD-video players. +R is at least as compatible as -R. +RW is more compatible than -RW.

    http://www.dvdplusrw.org/resources/compatibilitylist_dvdvideo.html""""
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    I did NOT get my information from a mfg supported biased list!

    I got my compatability info right HERE!

    Sure most of the compatable models may be listed but what models are NOT LISTED on their site?

    Anyone can pick a select group of models to skew the results. I looked up ALL my DVD players, several Sony, one Pioneer and my panasonic portable BEFORE deciding on either format. In fact teh DIS-information delayed my selections a little untill I could research the issue more!

    :P 8)
    JD tinkerer pushin' 60,

    A real Life Enemy of the State, see Fed case #01-40080, Detroit.

    Computers, Electronics, vintage Audio, Photography Film/digital/3D, N-Scale RR, ,

    AKA the "Infamouse Joe Walker" ,Join the Navy & see (1/2) the world.
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  13. Stay with your E30 I have the E20 and my backups of DVD's look as good and most, Better than what a burner can do and in 1/3 the time, I am getting a Burner also but not for this long drawn out Ripping, I want it for home grown DVD Video's and data transfer, the Stand alone DVD recorder is the best thing to come around since the VCR!
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