Got home last night and got a call from the shop that UPS had delivered the Pan EH-59 - so went back and picked it up. Not sure why UPS predicted 7/7 delivery unless they were allowing for july 4th delays, but anyway it's here.
Earlier this afternoon, after going thru the manual, i set it up first with the sony BDP-S580 player - as it had no S-Video output, i ran RCA cables - recording was not successful - all i got was a purple snow grainy screen. I then hooked the Samsung HD-850 up via S-Video cable and basically got the same except i could see a distorted semblance of the video in the background behind the purple snowy grainy display. On the samsung attempt i tried both recording direct to the DVD, and then recording to the HDD first, then i would pass it onto the DVD - the HDD recording was same as the first DVD attempt, purple snowy grainy with the distorted ghost image of the video in the background.
The video filter came in yesterday as well (thanks LD for the fast service
) - will try it later.
video i used is a 2008 release (that's the newest commercial DVD i had on hand). Will also try it again later with some older DVDs, hopefully i've some without the CGMS-A encoding.
in researching the CGMS-A on a "fred flintstone" level, i found the following on wikipedia:
"Another form of analog copy protection, known as CGMS-A
, is added by DVD players and digital cable/satellite boxes. While not invented by Macrovision, the company's products implemented it. CGMS-A consists of a "flag" within the vertical blanking interval (essentially data, like closed captioning) which digital recording devices search for. If present, it refused to record the signal,
just as with the earlier ACP technology. Unlike digital recording equipment, however, analog VCRs do not respond to CGMS-A encoded video and would record it successfully if ACP is not also present."
if that is correct, then to some extent the "HDCP Free" is working in that it did not refuse to record the signal. Is it possible there's another CP protection coding that is causing the purple snowy grainy flickering picture?