What's happening with encoder quality on standalone DVD recorders these days?
I'm considering a DRX-510UL PC DVD recorder or a standalone recorder with i.Link, probably a Philips.
My computer-edited video is never more than 20 minutes/piece, so I could use the highest quality on the standalone recorder, but I wonder how good consumer real-time encoding is these days. When I worked for Scientific-Atlanta a couple/three years ago, the PowerVu encoders were on the order of $30k/stream.
My 1st generation TiVo certainly has issues with motion artifacts, but I hope the silicon has improved since then.
I'm considering building a little HTPC for dumping shows from TiVo to disc (doing live encoding on the HTPC's CPU & suffering a little quality loss), but the standalone route would be cheaper and easier.
The last time I tried a 720x480 high-quality MPEG-2 encode on my PC it took over 10x realtime, but looked gorgeous.