Here's the deal: I want to know if I can figure out a way to record in 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen format with my Panasonic DVD Recorder (model DMR-EA18 or DMR-EZ28) from my Verizon FiOS Motorola QIP6416-2 Cable Set-Top Box/HD DVR? I just got a Polaroid DMR-2001G DVD Recorder that has COMPONENT IN and OUT and I am hoping to be able to use it as a "pass-thru" device to get the 16:9 Widescreen signal from my Verizon Motorola HD DVR to my Panasonic DVD Recorder (which is what I want to use to capture/record the video).
OK, I have been trying to figure out how to (assuming it is possible) record in 16:9 Widescreen format from my new FiOS DVR for over a month now, and I still can not find a way to do so. I have spent hours reading posts after searching on Google for help/suggestions/information (on sites like videohelp.com and avsforum.com), and I have bought 2 additional DVD Recorders to try to help with the process (am Polaroid DRM-2001G and a Magnavox MRV640) to enable my Panasonic DVD recorder record from my Verizon FiOS HD channels without the black bars included, and I simply can not find a way to get it done.
So, I am asking if anyone has any information or advice that they could share with me to try to help me out with this matter. (i.e. Video Format-Output Settings, Wire Configurations, etc.)
I have always been able to record from HDHBO and HDShowtime with my Panasonic DVD recorders, but my recordings always have the black bars along the top and bottom of the picture when recording from an HD-Source channel, and I would really like to be able to record in actual 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen, without the black bars, and where the entire screen is displaying the video image (like BadSpectator and Corvette69s have often captured and uploaded, and are absolutely spectacular).
I have learned a few things so far that are evidently going to be specifically vital to allowing this process to work, so I will list them now, so that anyone looking to help me with this will hopefully be able to do so as easily as possible:
1.) My Verizon Motorola Set-Top Box/DVR will only send a 16:9 signal from the COMPONENT Outputs (Red, Blue and Green ports) - and NOT from the Composite (Yellow port) nor S-Video outputs.
2.) My Panasonic DVD recorders do NOT have COMPONENT INputs (so it will not be possible to record in 16:9 Widescreen format with just my Panasonic DVD Recorder connected DIRECTLY to my Verizon Motorola Set-Top Box/DVR)
3.) Both of the new (actually used) DVD Recorders that I recently bought (the Polaroid DRM-2001G and Magnavox MRV640) DO have COMPONENT INputs (but, I don't think the recording quality with either of these will be as nice as with my Panasonic DVD Recorder, so I am trying to to find a way to get the 16:9 Widescreen signal from my Set-Top Box/DVR to my Panasonic DVD Recorder (through its Composite or S-Video INputs) and be able to record the video with my Panasonic DVD Recorder.
Here is the specific equipment I am working with:
Verizon FiOS Cable Box-DVR: Motorola QIP6416-2
DVD Recorder: Panasonic DMR-EA18 DVD Recorder (hoping to record 16:9 with)
DVD Recorder: Panasonic DMR-EZ28 (hoping to record 16:9 with)
DVD Recorder: Polaroid DRM-2001G (WITH COMPONENTS INputs - hoping to use as a Filter/Pass-Thru to Panasonic)
DVD Recorder: Magnavox MRV640 (WITH COMPONENTS INputs - hoping to use as a Filter/Pass-Thru to Panasonic)
I need to note: I DO have a Remote that works for the Magnavox MRV640, but I do NOT have a Remote for the Polaroid DMR-2001G, and I think that may be an issue, as I am not able to access the Menu Screen, and therefore unable to access any potential settings it may/likely does have.
Also I have been able to get some good news. I was able to get a 16:9 Widescreen signal from my Motorola STB/DVR - through the Polaroid DRM-2001G (as a "pass-thru" via its COMPONENT INputs and out thru its COMPONENT OUTputs, but it only works when the Polaroid is turned OFF) - to my TV and have it display in Anamorphic Widescreen format, without the black bars. BUT, when I try to send the signal to (and through) my Panasonic DVD recorder (IN through the Composite INput, then OUT to the TV through the DVD Recorder's COMPONENT OUTputs), the video signal will not go through my Panasonic DVD Recorder and through to my TV. The sound goes through, but the Video signal will not transfer from my STB/DVR to/through my Polaroid DRM-2001G and then to/through my Panasonic DMR-EA18 on to my TV set.
Basically, does anyone know a way to get the 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen signal from my Motorola Set Top Box/DVR to my Panasonic DVD Recorder by using a DVD Recorder with COMPONENT INputs (in my case, the Polaroid DRM-2001G DVD Recorder) as a pass-thru filter/converter?
I am sure that the Video Output setting on my Verizon Motorola Set-Top Box/DVR needs to bet set properly, in order for the Panasonic DVD Recorder to properly see/process/transfer the 16:9 Widescreen signal through to the TV (after being passed through the COMPONENT INputs of the Polaroid DVD Recorder and Out through its Composite or S-Video OUTput), but what setting does it need to be for that?
i.e. the Verizon FiOS Motorola Set-Top Box/HD DVR Video settings that are available are: .480i (4:3), .480p (4:3), .720p (16:9), .1080i (16:9)
And both of my Panasonic DVD Recorders also have Video settings (I think), so I'm also in need of figuring out what these settings need to be at.
I specifically recall reading a post from someone who stated that the Polaroid DMR-2001G will pass through even a .1080i signal. Now, I don't know that my Panasonic DVD Recorder can accept/recognize a .1080i signal in any of its Inputs and filter/process it properly, but what about a .720p signal? I'm sure it can do a .480i signal, but the problem there, is that my Motorola STB/DVR shows that it outputs .480i and .480p in 4:3 format, therefore (to my knowledge) it will automatically be "Letterboxed" and include the black bars, right?
And I can't recall exactly how the person's setup was connected, but being that he was specifically using the Polaroid DMR-2001G as a pass-through device for a 16:9 Widescreen signal, I've got to assume that he was passing through the signal out of the Polaroid's Composite or S-Video outputs. Otherwise, he wouldn't have needed the Piolaroid in the first place.
So, how exactly do I need to connect the Inputs and Outputs from my Polaroid DMR-2001G DVD Recorder to transfer the proper 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen signal to my Panasonic DVD Recorder (the DMR-EA18 or DMR-EZ28)? I am almost certain it is possible, as I recall that Corvette69s used a Panasonic DVD Recorder to capture his 16:9 Widescreen HD-Source DVDs - UNLESS he specifically used some sort of authoring software after recording it, which someone mentioned he did know how to do, but I'm not sure he did that on his HD-Source Boxing caps.
OK! Sorry for writing so much. I was trying to be thorough, but I probably overdid it. If there are is any other information that I need to provide, or any questions that need to be answered to help figure this out, please let me know. I am really anxious to try to get this matter resolved, if at all possible.
If it turns out that I am not going to be able to record in 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen format with my Panasonic DVD Recorders, what would be a suitable alterative DVD Recorder? I think the quality with my Panasonics has been fantastic, so I would like to try to get something comparable, both in quality and in porice (especially being that I have about $35 in the world right now); under $200 or so, preferrably.
By the way, I realize that some Satelite Receiver/DVRs can apparently also output a 16:9 signal through their Composite outputs (and not only via the COMPONENT OUTput), and that most/if not all Cable Box/DVRs will NOT send a 16:9 Widescreen signal out of anything other the COMPOSITE Video Ouputs, but I am stuck with my Verizon FiOS Cable Set-Top Box/DVR for the next year or two (can't recall which) and I can't afford to also get satelite service, so that is why I am trying to passionately to find a way to figure this out.
Also, I have read about a DVD-RAM exception for Panasonic DVD Recorders being able to record in 16:9 format when - and only when - using a DVD-RAM disc, but I still have a problem, as my Cable Box/DVR apparently only outputs a 16:9 signal via its Component Output, but the Panasonic DVD Recorder does NOT have a Component Input (only Composite and S-Video), so I do not have the capability of getting a 16:9 signal in to my Panasonic DMR-EA18 directly from my STB/DVR.
I do actually have one single DVD-RAM disc (it's actually sitting in front of my on my desk as I'm typing this - I only have it because it came with one of the Panasonics I bought a few years ago), and that may actually enable me to record an incoming 16:9 signal in Anamorphic Widescreen format, but the problem is that I can not get my DVR to send out the 16:9 Widescreen signal through any other output than the Component Video Out, which is a problem, because the Panasonic DMR-EA18 does not have the capability of accepting Component Inputs.
With this stated, this is why I had hopes of the Polaroid DMR-2001G actually working as a go-between from my Motorola Set-top Box HD DVR to my Panasonic DVD Recorder, as it has Component Inputs, and then would/might be able to transfer the 16:9 signal out of its Composite (Yellow port) Video Out, which could then be accepted by the Panasonic, since it does have Composite (Yellow port) Video Inputs. Basically, the Polaroid DMR-2001G would be acting as a signal transfer device or a Component-to-Composite Video cable converter that would anable a 16:9 Widescreen signal to be sent to the Composite Inputs of the Panasonic DVD Recorder.
In theory, this should likely work - but, I am having a problem getting the 16:9 signal to transfer through the Polaroid in to the Panasonic. I think may be due to the resolution at .720p and .1080i being too much for the Composite Inputs on the Panasonic DVD Recorder to handle. And therein lies another problem, because the format listed when the Video Output setting on my DVR is set to .480i, is 4:3 and NOT 16:9, which is what I am wanting to capture.
So, this is really difficult for me to try to resolve; and maybe, with my equipment, it isn't even possible. But, I am not through trying yet! So, someone, anyone, please feel free to respond!! I would sincerely appreciate it.
Thanks very much in advance to anyone that tries to help me!!!!
- AzAssassin, a.k.a. BillyJackAz