Originally Posted by artwire
So, getting ready for this..... here's my question: When trying to record to DVD-recorder, d'ya think it would it be better to record via OTA antenna to converter box (Zenith) to DVD recorder, or through digital comcast cable box (since this is a local CBS feed,it's 'kind of' HD?) to DVD recorder? The DVD would only be SD at best, but it has an HDMI upconverter that may look nice on the TV when played back. Or, skip the DVD-recorder altogether and use OTA antenna to mac using EyeTV ? Any suggestions? I know I can't record HD to the DVD recorder.... just trying to get the best possible recorded results given these limitations.
I'm guessing your zenith box has composite at best (no s-video), so it goes to the bottom of the list PQ-wise. Assuming comcast doesn't compress the crap out of their HD (they often do), then s-video from it would be better. If you have a moto cable box, you may get a postage stamp sized picture over s-video, sending that method to the bottom of the list. HD direct to your mac would be great. Then burn an avchd DVD for playback of full HD on a bluray player. Is the idea to playback from your DVD player or recorder? In that case, it's pointless doing HD recording on the mac, since DVD players can't play back avchd DVD's.
For convenience, I think most of us go s-video from cable/sat box to DVD recorder and get excellent results. Some do fine with pc/mac recording, but I personally hate it because, despite getting the best PQ, it takes a lot of time and effort compared to the DVD recorder method.