Originally Posted by AndreLaplume
Ok, then ES25 it is.
I want tgis thing to primary convert 30 or so VHS / Mini DV tapes to dvd? Is this hard to do. I have a Sony mini DVD. I heard only Panasonics will plug in the front and work?
Also, do you think the thing will have any life in after do that?
And....if it is still alive, can I use it as a VCR...does it have a tuner? I heard the new one coming out will have some sort of tuner...?
Finally, what are the reccomnded settings for best pic quality with a tube tv and whats the best way to connect it. Thanks!
There are six inputs on the front: the standard 3 A/V inputs, S-Video, DV (camcorder) input, and the SD card slot. It doesn't have a tuner. You shouldn't have any problems duping your tapes--I've been too lazy to dupe my VHS library (which is fairly small). I've only recorded from my SAT receiver via S-Video with excellent results.
Regarding product life, that's hard to say, but I haven't had any problems with mine and the unit doesn't run hot, even after several hours of use (my HD/SAT receiver, on the other hand, runs as hot as a toaster). Regarding 'using it as a VCR', why not just hook it up to your SAT receiver/cable box and record that way? Or are you pulling everything off an antenna? Sorry, I don't record a lot.
On best hook-up: For recording, I'd recommend the S-Video input except for SD (camcorder), which has its own input. Most VCRs don't have S-Video out, so you would probably have to use standard composite video (yellow) when duping your VHS tapes. When recording there's only one audio option, your standard stereo inputs. Use the fastest recording mode possible when duping your tapes (usually SP).
For DVD playback, use HDMI
if your TV has it. If you have DVI, buy a DVI-HDMI adapter. HDMI connectivity will give you 1080i/720p upconversion on standard DVDs. But you need to go into the ES25 setup and select 1080i/720p over HDMI--it's not set by default.
If you don't have HDMI or DVI on your set, use component, which will give you 480p. Use fiber optic for your audio connections, if you have a Dolby Digital receiver.
I hope that helps.