Quality of stand alone DVD recorders?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by joe_reed, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. joe_reed

    joe_reed Guest

    I'm in the market for one of those stand alone DVD recorders. But
    EVERY store I go to, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc etc etc....NONE have
    the units hooked up to a satellite/cable feed so you can record to
    them and play it back to see the quality. The only reason I can think
    of for this is the quality kinda blows especially when recording 2+
    hours. I'm no newbie when it comes to video editing. I've done a ton
    of NLE and burning to my DVD+RW drive over the years. I know 2 hours
    is pretty much the limit for great/good quality MPEG2 video (using AC3
    audio) that you can fit onto a standard DVD+R disc. When these stand
    alone boxes claim to fit 4 hours onto a DVD...and do it in real
    time....I know the quality will suffer but by how much. Can somebody
    post screen caps comparing the different modes? Or offer personal
    joe_reed, Jan 21, 2004
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    jdcarswell Guest

    I work in television and use a high end real time hardware encoding system.
    I was an early adapter to the Panasonic set top recorders, based soley on
    the quality of their encoder. IMO, the picture quality is excellent in 1hr
    mode, very good at 2hrs. Skip the 4 & 6hr modes as they're low bit rate half
    D1. However, the Flexible Record mode will allow you to preset the exact
    length of recording for the highest possible bit rate, which allows you to
    record a 2hr 15min program with virtually the same quality as the 2hr mode.
    jdcarswell, Jan 21, 2004
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