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Kelson's Avatar Kelson 03:38 PM 11-17-2014
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Originally Posted by greaser View Post
We need a Mag.557 owner to chime in here.That person could definitively answer both mine and gastrof's questions....
Well, I don't own a Magnavox but . . .

With DVD-Video format (a finalized disk) a title can be a lower resolution other than 720x480i (i.e. 1/2 D1) however the title must be a single resolution. You can have multiple titles on the disk where each title is a different resolution -- but again, each title is recorded in a single resolution.

-VR format allows for a title to have multiple resolutions. Panasonic recorders, recording to RAM (-VR), would do that and shift the resolution during the recording phase to better match the source unless you set an option in the settings menu telling it not to do that. I think the consequence of leaving that option in play was that a burn to DVD-R would have to be done in real-time to re-encode the video to a single resolution -- it's been a long time since I used my old Panasonic EH85, but I remember setting that option so I could do high-speed burns.

If the Magnavox 557 allows you to join two segments of different resolution to a single title in -VR mode, it will have to burn the resulting title to DVD-R in real-time to re-encode to a single resolution.

If the 557 will burn a -RW disk in -VR mode then in principal it can burn off a multi-resolution title, but you will be very limited in where you can play a -VR disk.

If the Magnavox 557 no longer supports +VR mode, then you will not be able to high-speed dub a +VR disk to the 557 HDD. It will be a real-time copy at whatever resolution (record speed) you specify .
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greaser's Avatar greaser 04:39 PM 11-17-2014
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post
Well, I don't own a Magnavox but . . . If the Magnavox 557 allows you to join two segments of different resolution to a single title in -VR mode, it will have to burn the resulting title to DVD-R in real-time to re-encode to a single resolution.
Titles i might be interested in joining would be of the same resolution but in diff.record modes,e.g.;SP/HQ.
If you meant record mode then you're saying that you think the dub to disc would have to be in real time because re-encoding of at least one of the titles would have to be done,right??....hmmm...if that's true then.....then my idea is out the window.
For my idea to work Requires the newly conjoined titles (now 1 title) to be HSD'd to disc,still in their Original record modes(SP/HQ) AND be playable on any DVD player.It's an absolute must.A re-encode and real time dub won't do the trick.DANG!!

Thanks for your reply.
Kelson's Avatar Kelson 09:20 AM 11-18-2014
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Originally Posted by greaser View Post
Titles i might be interested in joining would be of the same resolution but in diff.record modes,e.g.;SP/HQ.
For a DVD-Video title, resolution must be the constant, bitrate can be whatever.
My understanding is that HQ/SP are the same 720x480i resolution so they can in principal be combined by the DVDR and burned without real-time re-coding. I know I can do that on a PC editor. What the Magnavox 557 can actually do is still an open question that may take some time to ferret out. It does not appear to be a popular recorder.
nonnie 23 02:06 PM 11-21-2014
I just bought the Magnavox MDR557H dvd recorder (has tuner and hard drive) after my old Panasonic EZ48VK died. I hooked it up with an HDMI cable to my HDTV. Recording programs to the unit’s hard drive is great and you can hardly distinguish between the actual program and the recording. But it has a lot to be desired when it comes to playing store bought movies on dvd in the dvd player. The picture quality is terrible compared to that of my old Panasonic recorder where the color was equal to what you would see at the theater. With the Magnavox the color is comparable to what you would see in some of those old 70’s movies that you see on tv. I have searched online to see if anyone else is having this problem, but cannot find any answers. I tried changing video settings from my tv remote and also from the menu on the dvd screen, but nothing I do improves the color. I am using the same tv and HDMI cable that I used with my old Panasonic when the picture was awesome. Is there some type of adjustment that I don’t know about or did I just buy a defective dvd recorder? I don’t know much about these things, but I had expected movies that were store bought would have excellent picture quality. Any help would be appreciated.
wajo's Avatar wajo 10:12 AM 11-22-2014
The 557 *should* play store-bought movies in excellent quality.

Assuming your 557 is connected directly to a HDTV, the only thing I can think of is that you may not have "activated" the HDMI circuit. You do this by changing the HDMI Format via the HDMI button on the remote. Ratchet through all 4 HDMI formats (480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p), which appear in the 557 display window. Any formats not supported by your HDTV won't be used/seen.
jtplenge's Avatar jtplenge 08:10 PM 11-23-2014
I currently own a 5-year-old Phillips 3576 which still works, but I'm starting to wonder how much longer it will last. I purchased a Magnavox mdr537H from Walmart about a month ago and, after going through the auto channel set up (I did use the 'analog/digital' option), found out that some of the digital channels my cable co sends were not 'found' by the new unit which the older Phillips unit found without any problem. I was even unable to get the unit to recognize these channels and receive them by inputting the channel number manually. I called tech support who hand-held me through the auto channel set up again without success. At first, tech support tried to tell me there was something wrong with my cable signal until I told them that my older machine had no problem receiving these channels, then I was told the tuner was defective and returned the unit to Walmart.

Today, I noticed a review on Walmart.com (dated Nov 4, 2014 by 'GaveUpRecording') where a reviewer complained that this device won't allow the addition of channels above what he called the 'major channel'. He stated that he spoke with tech support was was told this device wouldn't do what he was trying to accomplish. I'm not sure what he meant by 'major channel' but am wondering if this refers to the subchannels that many stations carry in addition to their main brodcast channel because, if my memory is correct, my new unit was able to find the main channel of one of our stations, but not its associated subchannels, in fact, when I entered the subchannel's number into the remote, the unit went to what I think was the associated 'main' channel.

Does anyone know if the newer unit is only capable of picking up a station's main channel and not its associated subchannels or if there is any other reason why the newer model wouldn't be able to pick up all the channels my older one did other than being defective? I'd love to buy a newer one before the old one dies on me, but if it can't pick up all of the channels that I watch there's no point.

Thanks

John
jtplenge's Avatar jtplenge 08:15 PM 11-23-2014
CORRECTION!! The review I mentioned by 'GaveUpRecording' was actually dated Nov 5, 2014 NOT Nov 4. I apologize for the confusion.
nonnie 23 09:24 PM 11-23-2014
Wajo, thank you for your reply. I followed your suggestion and tried each one of the HDMI settings, but the color did not improve when playing back a movie from a commercial disc. Yes, my HDMI cable is connected directly to my HDTV and I am using an antenna for over the air broadcasts. Right now I have the setting at 1080p. Not really sure what I can do except maybe exchange the unit for another 557 and hope the color quality is better on that one. If you know of another dvd recorder out there that is decent and has a digital tuner, I might go with that instead.
wajo's Avatar wajo 06:01 AM 11-24-2014
AFAICT, the 557 and a few 53x are the only NEW SD HDD recorder available today, but there are quite a few HD recorders available.
JoeKustra's Avatar JoeKustra 07:21 AM 11-24-2014
Some other information on HD recorders: 2014 list of consumer available DVR's
NOSTRADIMWIT's Avatar NOSTRADIMWIT 06:42 PM Yesterday
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Originally Posted by jtplenge View Post
I currently own a 5-year-old Phillips 3576 which still works, but I'm starting to wonder how much longer it will last. I purchased a Magnavox mdr537H from Walmart about a month ago and, after going through the auto channel set up (I did use the 'analog/digital' option), found out that some of the digital channels my cable co sends were not 'found' by the new unit which the older Phillips unit found without any problem. I was even unable to get the unit to recognize these channels and receive them by inputting the channel number manually.
I think they call this PROGRESS ...

Just went through that with my Samsung Series 7 tv. Love the set, but it has it's quirks. Just replaced the rotor on my OTA antenna and tried tuning some fringe stations north of me that my old Sony could get. Come to find out, you can't manually add stations! Samsung suggested I run autotune every time I turn the antenna. Do that, and I lose the fringe stations in the other direction. Turn the antenna back around, do it again. What a hot steaming load of progress that is ... <grumble>

What I gotta do is wait for one of those perfect reception nights, and try turning the antenna to where I can drag in most of the stations, then write the rest off as a lost cause ... <mutter>
NOSTRADIMWIT's Avatar NOSTRADIMWIT 06:51 PM Yesterday
PS ... cross post, long as I'm thinking of it ... anyone else ever get around to adding external drives to their Maggie to increase storage? I got into that a while back - not all that difficult. Also just figured out an easy way to back the drives up and protect my investment.

Bop on over if you're interested ...

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/106-dv...-3575-a-7.html
mrmazda's Avatar mrmazda 10:46 PM Yesterday
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What I gotta do is wait for one of those perfect reception nights, and try turning the antenna to where I can drag in most of the stations, then write the rest off as a lost cause ... <mutter>
They wouldn't have to be totally lost. You could get an iView or one of its workalikes for the stations the TV and your Mag both refuse to find, and have HD record and playback functionality as a bonus.
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