Originally Posted by rickc5
it's a way to protect against an HDD failure
That's a good point!
If I create chapters and a playlist to cut out the commercials, I have a lot of extra titles (playlists) to scroll thru in the content menu, along with the wasted space of the commercials, and overruns - especially if I don't do a timer recording and forget to press stop! Why do a high speed HDD -- HDD dub, increasing HDD wear and tear, just to reclaim a little space, when I can just dub to a dvd and be done with it? Then, next week, or whenever, I'll repeat until the dvd is full.
It does a high speed HDD -- HDD dub when you make a playlist? I always thought a playlist just "pointed" to the results of your editing, rather than recopying it thereby creating another file. Besides, when you hit the Remain button on your remote, the HDD remaining capacity doesn't change before and after you create a playlist, does it?
If I record a movie on TCM at near the highest bit rate that will fit, I still often have a little room left. So, the next time I get a short feature, one reel wonder, cartoon, etc., I'll add it, and it's fun to watch a movie and short without changing dvds (anyone remember Matinee at the Bijou on PBS in the late 70s?).
That's a cool application, although I fear I'd have too many disparate shows on a same disc just for the sake of cramming them to full capacity.
I usually have no more than 5-10 unfinalized dvds at a time. I'd hate to have wasted all that time editing if the HDD crashed. Worst case, I figured I'd have a few unfinalized dvds laying around until I got another unit, or found a friend with one to finalize them. Actually, since I now have another XS32 and an XS54, I can do it myself. Also, if one machine is busy, I can record on another, and add to any dvd on any machine (no compatibility problems with the LG and Memorex burners).
You're more self-disciplined than I would be to only have only 5-10 lying around. I have a couple dozen (finalized!) DVDs that've been lying around for months and months waiting for me just to label
them. It's great, though, that you have other machines that you can use to add stuff to your unfinalized discs. And the other Toshibas can finalize them, too, you're saying?
But I still use this feature now.. I like being able to do it piecemeal.
Bottom line: to each his own. I prefer to do a one-off DVD-Video Creation once I'm ready to make the final, complete version, rather than a piecemeal approach, but I understand your point of view. It's nice that our machines have the flexibility to allow for both methods. Another reason I love a recorder with an HDD!