Originally Posted by Bruce/Fl
This is an amazing thread, and I have learned alot, and also been confused by alot as well. Hopefully, someone out there will be able to educate me a little more in regards to a DVD recorder. I hace a HR10-250 Tivo fom D*, and I am looking to transfer alot of the content on it I have to DVD, some of it being movies in HD (that I know I can only transfer as 480i, which is fine) that are widescreen, but I would like a recorder that can burn them anamorphically, as we all know how much better an amamorphic DVD looks that non-anamorphic.
I am hoping to not have to get the PC involved wich changing tags and such also.
So, does anybody have a unit, or even better a list of DVD recorders that can do this, when coupled up with the HR10-250? I really need to purge my DVR, but alot of it would be awesome iof I could transfer it anamorphically.
Thank you very much.
Your HD TiVo definitely can provide anamorphic video on the S-video output. I do it with mine a lot. Simply leave it set for viewing on a 16x9 TV (which for me means no changes in aspect ratio setting between recording from and viewing programs on my HD TiVo).
I start with widescreen HDTV recordings on my HD TiVo (HR10-250). I copy them to my Pioneer 520H DVD recorder internal hard disk drive (HDD).
I set the recording quality/speed to optimize the resulting (commercials edited out) to fit on a DVD-R at the highest possible bit rate. This enables high-speed copying from the HDD to DVD-R's.
I have used two methods to manage/set the "widescreen flag" to ensure that widescreen recordings play properly on 4x3 TV's (they always play correctly on 16x9 TV's with or without the widescreen flag).
My first method was to record the anamorphic video on the DVD HDD (from the HD TiVo), copy to a DVD-RW or -R, place that DVD in my Mac computer, copy the contents to a file, use Toast 7 to add the widescreen flag, then burn a new "master" DVD-R on the computer. To make more copies, I can either burn more on the computer or use the disc copy function on the 520H (copy from DVD-R to HDD, then make multiple high-speed copies on more DVD-R's).
More recently, I have used a Video Filter device in the S-video path between the HD TiVo and the DVD Recorder.http://home.cfl.rr.com/filter/
This device can force the widescreen flag to "on" while recording from the HD TiVo to the DVD recorder, eliminating the need for copying and editing on the computer.
Some DVD recorders have the ability to force the widescreen flag on during recording, with certain imposed limitations. Others, like my Pioneer 520H (and every other Pioneer DVD recorder AFAIK), can recognize and retain the widescreen flag and record it, but cannot force it onto a recording if not present on the incoming video signal.
I hope this helps. I have repeated this info many times in many threads, but it is not easy to find on a search.
Ask any questions needed for clarification.