Digado, thanks for bringing that thread back to my attention, I've added a link to it in my signature link.
Wow, what scares me the most is the possible RAM incompatibility issues. My main use for this unit was going to be for recording to RAM from a Comcast DTA's RF output. I was planning on recording to it's HDD and HS copying to RAM. I'd then take the RAM disc, HS copy it back to one of my other newer Pannys w/HDD, edit the material and finally HS burn a -R DVD.
I currently have a EH-50 doing this function but I'd like to free up the EH-50 for other duties. You see that EH-50 sits in my neighbors house(I don't have cable) and gets very little use. The last time I used it was for several 24hr TCM marathons(Laural and Hardy and many Hal Roach shorts, which by the way I'm still watching
, of course my kids are more like
more Laural and Hardy! But I'm kind of forcing them to watch them with me, a far site better than most of the crap that passes for comedy now days. The youngest is actually beginning to like L&H and we both just about split a gut watching the music box
) anywayyyyyyy back to the topic at hand. If the RAM discs aren't compatible with my other Pannys and if
the HS bit isn't set(in order to HS back to the HDD a bit must be set on the RAM disc). All current Pannys w/HDD set such a bit but non-HDD Pannys do NOT set this bit and I'm not so sure if the very old E100H would either. Anyway without this compatibility I'm not so sure the E100 would do me any good.
Oh the reason I don't do any editing on the unit that recorded the TCM is I don't want to impose on my friendly neighbor anymore than I already do. Taking the time to HS copy is one thing, sitting down and editing is more than I care to impose, this unit HAS to have complete RAM compatibility and I'm just not sure it would. Oh and one last point, older Pannys didn't generate thumbnails for each title but rather just one line of text, I'm not quite sure how interchanging between two such machines would turn out
Now I'm not so sure about this machine, but boy the price is good
Edit, now I'm really worried. The E100 may
have the infamous black level bug
found on very early Panasonics. What this means is the IRE black level is set for the international
standard(like out international Panasonics) if it lacks a DARKER setting in the setup it will indeed have the black level bug
. I'm going to study this
invaluable(but very deep) thread on IRE black levels to find out, stay tuned
No problem em-t-wallit, I'm now beginning to have second thoughts anyway
Dang! I forgot the pre '05 Pannys don't have full D1 resolution
My 24hr marathons were done in full resolution LP, no way I'd want them on SP and I really dislike 1/2 D1. Glad I posted here first, the E100H would probably just sit by my 1/2 D1(on speeds longer than SP) Toshiba XS-35 which I hardly ever use because of that limitation
The Toshiba makes phenomenal SP recordings though