Originally Posted by Mike99
I was looking at your monoprice converter’s controls & specs.
If I want to record a PC’s video or program to my Panny DVDR, can this unit be adjusted to provide a 4:3 or 16:9 composite video signal that approximates the output video signal of other consumer video products? Or will part of the PC’s desktop background also get recorded?
IOW If I want to record a TV program from Hulu either from their website interface or their desktop interface, will the resultant DVD look the same (other than resolution) as if I had recorded the same program directly to the Panny using its ATSC OTA tuner?
This LKV2000 converter provides "what you see is what you get." I adjust the PC screen to display "full screen" and if the program source is widescreen that widescreen image is recorded by one of my DMR-EH50 HDD/DVD Recorders.
I've mainly been recording from GBTV, an internet TV network and You Tube. Once those images are expanded to "full screen" with the computer's mouse and the mouse icon is positioned below the visible image the buttons, task bars, navigation bars and framing disappears within a few seconds and doesn't show up in the recorded image. I should mention that the converter seems to pass through HD picture quality to the computer monitor but the feed to the various recorders I've experimented with has somewhat disappointing picture quality.
The five two-hour long weekday GBTV program recordings come in at ten hours duration. Sometimes I also record selected video highlights from the GB radio program or Real News segements. The main TV program is two hours long with live and third party commercials. Radio video or Real News highlight segments may range from two to thirty minutes each. I edit out most commercials from the main TV program to bring each program to an average of 104 minutes of editorial content and cut radio and Real News highlights if these repeat material from the main TV program. I sometimes cut "fluff" editorial content from the Friday TV program.
In order to produce a single DVD with a week's programming I record at the Panasonic EP recording mode set for 8 hours. With this recording mode the picture quality could be described as "soft focus," (but the content is more important than a sharp picture).
Following editing and visiting the dubbing menu I determine what content will fit. (This past week's DVD has 8:36 hours of content with only 5MB of remaing space, that's tight!) I high-speed dub a TY 8x Premium Line master DVD, usually with around 8:30 hours of total content. The TY master DVD is then duplicated with a CopyPal to inexpensive 16x media (often CMC media such as Magnavox or Verbatim "Life Series") for free distribution on Sunday afternoon.
Yesterday came my first experience streaming a movie through Hulu. I followed the same procedure as with GBTV and You Tube, expanding the image by clicking on the "full screen" command and positioning the mouse below the visible image. The Hulu task and navigation bars did not disappear and were recorded as part of the movie I recorded. That movie was The Brylcreem Boys (1998). Afterward I went back and edited out the brief commercials and high-speed dubbed the movie to a DVD for later viewing. Perhaps there are some Hulu controls that can minimize the task/navigation bars so they won't appear in recordings. I don't know, yet. The Hulu stream came through at "360p" according to the narrow bar at the top of the screen, certainly not the best quality, but still satisfactory for casual viewing.