Originally Posted by mattack
I don't remember how you can combine titles except for playlists.
Create playlist with various titles/chapters.
Then use high speed dubbing to dub that playlist TO THE HARD DRIVE..
After that, you can delete the original recordings (which will automatically delete the playlist).
At least on the 54, you can dub two titles together as a new show. I believe there is an option for more than two, but if recalling correctly, the latter is the playlist function (which you can tell I don't use presently). What I used to do was dub two together on the HDD and then delete the originals, then dub that to another and delete the originals. I *THINK* it did not retain chapter points when combining, but that may have been when going to DVD...I changed my process a loooong time ago.
For example, nowadays, I will take content the kids like and create chapter points (usually with the quick divide), and then muti-delete various chapters. Then I can usually transfer nearly 90 minutes of content. I have not experimented too much with settins and would be curious to know what you use...I usually record at 4.6 bit rate and I think M1 (possibly M2).
This disc will then play in the other rooms or in the car. If it is a show we want to see on the other tv, we use a -rw, such as for Wednesday's World Poker Tour. I put that on a -RW (which will not play in the car) and each night, we watch part of it while the kids drift off to sleep. Early traning.
I would be curious to know if anyone has found a reliable device that enables the dubbing of OWNED VCR tapes to that unit (whether on the HDD or to DVD) or perhaps even to the computer. Even the old go-video dual deck units failed in that regard...you could dub to another tape, but even that tape contained signals prohibiting transfer. It would have been nice if they allowed the copy once to hdd or dvd-ram so it could at least be archived for watching specifically on this dvr.
Incidentally, a while back I had mentioned reinitializing the zip code...it did indeed take another 2 weeks to lock on. Then, just a couple of months ago, the TV guide channel was changed...our listings began falling off. I finally found where they moved it to (outside the normal channel range) and added that channel. A few days later, updates then resumed...I had always wondered if the feed came across that channel...while I cannot be certain, that certainly seems to lend credibility to this theory.
Note: I do want to clarify this is NOT in any way an endorsement of copying, dubbing, etc., for illicit uses or reasons. The information above solely relates to techniques and questions about making discs from aired content that is not locked from copying for self-use with other devices owned by the same person. The tape to DVR portion refers to the inability to backup and/or transfer purchased content to current technologies. Our VCR tapes are falling apart and unless a backup can eventually be made to existing technologies (HDD/DVD-RAM/DVD-R), those tapes will either snap or end up in the trash as has already occurred. Thus, I want to make it clear that in no way am I endorsing or attempting to facilitate any prohibited activities.