I've got several AVI clips on my PC that I would like to convert to MPG and burn to DVD on my PC and then high speed copy from DVD to HDD on my Pioneer 640HS. I know I can leave these on the DVD and just watch them that way but I would prefer to watch them from the HDD so I can use the commercial skip feature as well as avoid the noise associated with the DVD when the fan comes on (I'm very noise sensitive). Plus I don't want to hassle with all the DVD swapping and want to be able to select what to watch from the HDD and delete when done. I know I can do a "one touch" copy to get them to the HDD that way but that is in real-time and would like to go the faster HS/lossless mode if possible.
I've done a ton of reading here and on many popular sites like VideoHelp and so far haven't found an answer to this problem. I know you can only HS copy to the HDD on a non-finalized -VR mode DVD-RW. I've tried several different software applications to create such a disc, most notably Nero Vision, but always get an error message from the 640 when trying to do the HS copy: "Could not high-speed copy titles that include incompatible audio format, etc." I've verified that the converted MPG file is DVD-compliant, and audio is in correct format. Have tried many different DVD-RW manufacturer discs and speeds but no luck there either.
I can record from the 640's HDD to a DVD, then copy it back to the HDD in HS mode, so know it's possible, but doesn't appear I can author a disc on my PC and then copy to the 640 HDD in HS mode.
Anyone had an experience with this and/or know if it's possible? I might be missing something really obvious, or perhaps it's widely known that this can't be done, but I'm stumped at this point.