Originally Posted by Willie G.
Okay so let me see if I got this straight.
I can remove the portions I want to keep using playlists. I then can take that playlist and dub it onto the HDD which now becomes an original title? Afterwards I can then delete the original recording, yet still have the playlist with removed content; i.e. commercials as if I had gone in and removed them from the original recording (way I used to do it). I can then (if wanted for archive) dub the new playlist to the DVD without loss of data?
One more thing can the playlists be combined as can be done with original recordings (hope that makes sense)?
I know there's a lot more to this recorder which I have yet to discover. Five years of ignorance by not willing to read through the massive instruction booklet!
You guys are terrific!
Yes, and yes.
Remember, once you dub the playlist, which is a virtual copy of the original with the sections you want removed, to the HDD, it is no longer a virtual copy. It is it's own original. You can archive that if you want.
The Toshiba RD-XS units were one of the fastest, if not the fastest dubber in it's day, so dubbing a 3-5' playlist back to the HDD to relieve yourself of the original takes seconds.
With the Toshiba RD-XS units, yes of course you can combine playlists like original titles. You can also mix and match chapters from different playlists in any order you want.
There are a lot of sophisticated features of the RD-XS model I am unaware of myself. I think I am using or familiar with maybe 50% of the stuff. I mainly record everything at SP, do a lot of recordings which require editing, and archive to DVD-R, but that's it. But I can record virtually anything I wish, as long as I can input it to a TV or computer screen (the Video Filter works very well on these units, BTW).
I've been using the RD-XS models since 2006 myself and only found out a year ago it can do chapter divides on-the-fly, when the topic came up here on a thread. If you are not aware of this BTW, it's a quick and dirty way to cut out commercials, although you might miss a few seconds of the movie each time it resumes again. When the TV cuts to a commercial, just press the CHAPTER DIVIDE button. After the commercial, as soon as the movie resumes, press the button again. After the movie is over, create a playlist, initialize the thumbnails, delete every other chapter, then recombine. This way you won't have to replay the whole movie to insert cut points
. Essentially it's editing on-the-fly.
Doing something like this in full screen takes a lot of (resident memory) resources and engineering. What distinguishes the Toshiba RD-XS units from virtually any other HDD recorder ever made, regardless of how high end, is the ability to edit in full screen. This will become apparent whenever you use other HDD DVRs on the market, be that Magnavox, Pioneer, or Panasonic.