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post #151 of 380
^^ Good blank dvds-either Maxells, Verbatim, or TDK. Taiyo Yuden are praised as the best, but usually must be ordered online. Avoid off brands that you've never heard of.
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I have a bunch of old VHS-C tapes that I want to put onto DVD, plus newer DV tapes that I also want to put onto DVD.

Any suggestions? I assume I want to add chapters - perhaps even titles, etc. Which format is best?

You won't be able to add chapter marks to recorded discs with the E45, except when using the RAM. Non hard drive Pannys will automatically add a chapter mark every 5 mins when the disc is finalized-which will make it playable on other dvd players.
You can create multiple titles on a single disc by stopping recording , then starting again. Separate titles will come with thumbnail pictures, while chapter do not.
post #152 of 380
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Originally Posted by mauerbach View Post

Curious as to what kind of blank DVD's everyone is using.

Maxells are working fine for me. Already had them for the computer when I bought the unit. Recording well, doing everything they're supposed to, finalizing fine.

Look good.
post #153 of 380
[quote=Birdsall]I just purchased the DMR-ES45VS from Costco for $289. I am very pleased with the test DVD burns I have done of TV programs. I am now getting ready to start the VHS to DVD transfer that I purchased the machine for.

I see the Panasonic DMR-ES46VS now (August 2006) at my local Costco for the same $289.
1. Has anyone had experience with this DVD/VCR combo?
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages with it or the Panasonic DMR-ES45VS?
3. Would anyone recommend other units?

The Panasonic DMR-ES46VS is a little pricier than I wanted, but I read horrible things about less expensive Sony and Panasonic combo units at Amazon.

Many Thanks,

jim
post #154 of 380
[quote=jhollister]
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Originally Posted by Birdsall View Post

I just purchased the DMR-ES45VS from Costco for $289. I am very pleased with the test DVD burns I have done of TV programs. I am now getting ready to start the VHS to DVD transfer that I purchased the machine for.

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Originally Posted by Birdsall View Post


I see the Panasonic DMR-ES46VS now (August 2006) at my local Costco for the same $289.
1. Has anyone had experience with this DVD/VCR combo?
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages with it or the Panasonic DMR-ES45VS?
3. Would anyone recommend other units?

The Panasonic DMR-ES46VS is a little pricier than I wanted, but I read horrible things about less expensive Sony and Panasonic combo units at Amazon.

Many Thanks,

jim

They're the same units. The ones sold to Costco/Sams Club have the different model number.

Shop for price.
post #155 of 380
Thanks for all the suggestions on blank media.

I picked up a spindle of 50 Sony DVD-R's at Best Buy - they were on sale for $14.99 and I had a 10% off coupon so they were pretty cheap.

Transferred 4 VHS-C tapes onto 1 DVD with no problems at - created four titles with thumbnails - finalized the disc and tried it on another DVD player - worked fine - very happy!

Have about 55 to go!

Also - I'm impressed with player's upconverting as well - it gave me that extra crispness in detail and brighter colors that I was looking for.

Overall - very happy (so far) with this player.
post #156 of 380
Just don't throw away your Video Tapes because nobody knows how long DVDs will really last & your Video Tapes might even out live your DVDs.

Also if there is anything "Really Important" that you want to save I would make backup copies on DVD-RAM, DVD-R & DVD+R Discs just to be safe & it would'nt hurt to also Dub the VHS-C Tapes to Regular Size VHS Tapes which I'm pretty sure the Panny will let you Record to DVDs & VHS at the same time so it should be easy enough to do.
post #157 of 380
Thanks for the advice.

I have no plans to toss the originals.

Your idea of back-up copies in different formats is a good one.
post #158 of 380
Costco has TDK -R and +R discs on sale this week.

Buy 1 - 100 count spindle and get another free - 39.99 for 200 discs.

Need a coupon, but they hand em out there.

FYI
post #159 of 380
[quote=dtrem]
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Originally Posted by jhollister View Post

[i]They're the same units. The ones sold to Costco/Sams Club have the different model number.

Shop for price.

My local Costco carries both models. In addition, the Panasonic website indicates that the 46 has an additional input for all types except RF. I can't confirm this, as I don't have access to both units right now, but I gathered this from the "Compare" feature on the Panasonic website.
post #160 of 380
I am planning to purchase the 45/46 for my parents. They are planning to buy a new TV (presumably an HD or HD-ready model) in the next year. However, they currently have an old model which only has a coax input. Does anyone know if the 45/46 has the capability to connect to an older device? The Panasonic website indicates that the units do have composite output, but I wasn't sure if there are converters available. I'd prefer to buy one unit that would be compatible with both their old TV and whatever they upgrade to in the near future.

Thanks.
post #161 of 380
In order to answer that question, you need to know whether the output from the unit is available at the RF output. According to the user manual (available here) the output signal from the unit is available at the RF output. Therefore the ES-45/46 should be compatible with your parents old TV. In addition, this unit has composite/S-video/component/HDMI outputs for their new HD TV.

As for the differences between the 45 and 46 models, they can't be large because Panasonic uses the same user manual for both. A quick look the manual turned up no differences, but a closer read might.

Good luck.
post #162 of 380
Another quick look at the ES45/46 manual found only 1 difference between the 2 models. The ES-46 comes with an HDMI cable, whereas the ES-45 does not. So if they are being sold at the same price, buy the 46 and get the "free" HDMI cable.

I think the information for the 46 on Panasonic's website is incorrect. From the diagrams in the manual, it appears as though both the 45 and the 46 have only 2 sets of AV inputs, 1 on the front, and 1 on the rear.
post #163 of 380
Anyone know if this player sends output simultaneously on svid and composite? My wife doesn't take well to fiddling with electronics and can't be bothered to switch video inputs on the television. I would like to be able to play on the default tv input over composite for her, but also be able to switch and watch a slightly cleaner picture on svideo for myself and the kids without having to recable or change output modes on the player.
post #164 of 380
I'm sure it does.
post #165 of 380
KBoyKool, Yes & you have the choice to send it to Channel 3, Channel 4 or Turn the RF Off completely.

Don't know if the RF Output is like older VCRs though that only send Monaural Audio Out though or if it sends Stereo Audio Out? Maybe someone who owns a 35/45/46 can let us know.
post #166 of 380
I am also think about purchasing the DMR-ES45VS for VHS to DVD transfer and also to transfer Camcorder DV to DVD. I have a question how many VHS tapes can 1 dvd hold?

rob
post #167 of 380
Well not to be a smart ass but it all depends on how long each video tape is.

A standard T-120 Video tape recorded at the SP speed is 2 hours long & at the EP or SLP speed it would be 6 hours a tape.

DVDs also have different Recording Modes (Speeds) just like VCRs which range from 1 hour to 8 hours of recording time on a regular DVD.

I say regular DVDs because there are double sided DVDs & Dual Layer DVDs which are expensive.

But most people will tell you if you want to maintain a good quality picture to record in the 1 hour or 2 hour mode per disc or sometimes recordings can be pushed to 4 hours on some recorders like the ES45V depending on what your trying to save.

Myself I never go over the 2 hours & 59 Min. of recording per disc using Panasonic's FR recording mode which is a mode where you can set the recording time anywhere in between 1 hour & 8 hours.

Example you want to rcord a 90 minute program that will fill up the disc so you would enter in the FR Mode 1 Hour 30 Min. of recording time & the Panny will pick the best speeds all by itself & fill up the disc with a 90 minute program.

For copying Video Tapes which don't have as detailed a picture in the first place as a DVD recording does you may find that the Panasonic LP 4 hour recording mode is ok for you when copying Video Tapes.

The simple answer to your question for very good recording quality is 2 Hours
post #168 of 380
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Originally Posted by audioxcel View Post

Well, back it goes. I have tried every conceivable configuration and still no video out via the HDMI.

I have noticed a strange choice in the set-up menu though. There is an option to use HDMI for audio only but none for video only. This is odd considering that I can't imagine anyone making this choice. I can see someone using the HDMI for video and the optical out to an amp for audio but HDMI for audio only?

I decided that I would try to record some DVD's before I return the unit. Of course, I didn't succeed. I connected the ES45VS IN1 to the composite out and L -R audio out from my TV. I tried to record a program I was watching and I tried to record a program from my Sony HDD-R. There was no usable recording (just B&W hash or a weird green window with what looks like a frequency graph on the L side).

To add insult to injury, the unit wouldn't recognize the first Panasonic brand DVD RAM blank disk that I loaded. No matter how many times I loaded it, all I got was a front display message of "no disk". Go figure.

I hope that this unit is a lemon and that the one I receive in exchange will work. I spent a lot of time deciding which DVD-R to buy and this was the model I thought was going to do all the things I wanted from a DVD-R.

Did the replacement work?
post #169 of 380
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Did the replacement work?

I got a new Panasonic ES45VS and a new Sceptre x42SV TV. The HDMI is working for playback between the two but I have not tried recording yet. I will try on my next day off (Tuesday). I really want this set-up to work because I think both units are great for their respective prices.
post #170 of 380
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Originally Posted by audioxcel View Post

I got a new Panasonic ES45VS and a new Sceptre x42SV TV. The HDMI is working for playback between the two but I have not tried recording yet. I will try on my next day off (Tuesday). I really want this set-up to work because I think both units are great for their respective prices.

I was going to buy this recorder but now have my doubts. My Sharpe TV has only 1 HDMI input plus component inputs. I use the HDMI port for my DirectTV input. To use this unit I would have to buy a HDMI splitter. I have heard stories about HDMI splitters not working as it makes the signal too weak. Are you using a splitter or does your TV have dual HDMI inputs? I was looking at this recorder at Sam's and it had DV in which was better than the Sony Recorder that was the same price sitting next to it.
post #171 of 380
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Originally Posted by generallee View Post

I was going to buy this recorder but now have my doubts. My Sharpe TV has only 1 HDMI input plus component inputs. I use the HDMI port for my DirectTV input. To use this unit I would have to buy a HDMI splitter. I have heard stories about HDMI splitters not working as it makes the signal too weak. Are you using a splitter or does your TV have dual HDMI inputs? I was looking at this recorder at Sam's and it had DV in which was better than the Sony Recorder that was the same price sitting next to it.

I have this recorder and DTV and I use a splitter from Monoprice with no problems at all. I bought the HDX-501 spitter and it works like a charm with the 3 HDMI units I have hooked up. I also bought the HDMI cables at Monoprice at a cost a lot lower than any where else I could find. The splitter also works well with my Universal remote Control. You can find them at http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp
post #172 of 380
[QUOTE I bought the HDX-501 spitter and it works like a charm with the 3 HDMI units I have hooked up. QUOTE]
Although Monoprice has other splitters listed a search of their site does not list the HDX-501
post #173 of 380
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Originally Posted by generallee View Post

[QUOTE I bought the HDX-501 spitter and it works like a charm with the 3 HDMI units I have hooked up. QUOTE]
Although Monoprice has other splitters listed a search of their site does not list the HDX-501

their product ID for the HDX-501 is 2777. Here is a link
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...ormat=2&style=
post #174 of 380
[quote=gbubar]
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their product ID for the HDX-501 is 2777. Here is a link
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...ormat=2&style=

Thanks,
I see that their catalogue ID: 2890 which is the equalized model is not yet in stock. I am wondering what "equalized" means and why or why not is this better?
post #175 of 380
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Originally Posted by generallee View Post

To use this unit I would have to buy a HDMI splitter.

A splitter takes one input and makes two (or more) outputs from it. That wouldn't help you. You need a switch, which takes two (or more) inputs and allows you to select which one goes to the output.
post #176 of 380
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Originally Posted by bobkart View Post

A splitter takes one input and makes two (or more) outputs from it. That wouldn't help you. You need a switch, which takes two (or more) inputs and allows you to select which one goes to the output.

Actually, the HDX-501 is a switch, my bad. Sorry for the confusion
post #177 of 380
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Originally Posted by generallee View Post

I was going to buy this recorder but now have my doubts. My Sharpe TV has only 1 HDMI input plus component inputs. I use the HDMI port for my DirectTV input. To use this unit I would have to buy a HDMI splitter. I have heard stories about HDMI splitters not working as it makes the signal too weak. Are you using a splitter or does your TV have dual HDMI inputs? I was looking at this recorder at Sam's and it had DV in which was better than the Sony Recorder that was the same price sitting next to it.

I used the HDX-201 switcher form monoprice with their 3' HDMI cables. I don't think that was the problem. I think it was a handshake problem. I also tried a DMR-EH75V which also di not work but worked fine at the store on other TVs when I returned it. In retrospect, I think the Sceptre X37SV TV was most likely the problem.

As I said earlier, the Panasonic is at least playing with the new Sceptre X42SV that I bought. It has all of the features that I want in a DVD recorder including upconversion which the Sony RDR-VX530 that I was considering does not have. I think I would have gone with the Sony if it did upconversion.

I bought my DMR-ES45V from 6th Ave Electronics which had the best price. They promptly took the first unit back with no questions asked.
post #178 of 380
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Originally Posted by audioxcel View Post

I used the HDX-201 switcher form monoprice with their 3' HDMI cables. I don't think that was the problem. I think it was a handshake problem. I also tried a DMR-EH75V which also di not work but worked fine at the store on other TVs when I returned it. In retrospect, I think the Sceptre X37SV TV was most likely the problem.

As I said earlier, the Panasonic is at least playing with the new Sceptre X42SV that I bought. It has all of the features that I want in a DVD recorder including upconversion which the Sony RDR-VX530 that I was considering does not have. I think I would have gone with the Sony if it did upconversion.

I bought my DMR-ES45V from 6th Ave Electronics which had the best price. They promptly took the first unit back with no questions asked.

I have a H10-250 Tivo that runs my DirectTV feed. Although Tivo saves my programs and it has a feature, "Out to VCR" it is a 1 to 1 feed and I do not think it will output HDTV. Considering that limitation, I am wondering if the Panasonic DMR-E45VS upconvert the saved material from the Tivo? If anyone has any experience with that situation, I would be interested. Also how do you connect the Tivo box to the Panasonic?
post #179 of 380
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Originally Posted by generallee View Post

I have a H10-250 Tivo that runs my DirectTV feed. Although Tivo saves my programs and it has a feature, "Out to VCR" it is a 1 to 1 feed and I do not think it will output HDTV. Considering that limitation, I am wondering if the Panasonic DMR-E45VS upconvert the saved material from the Tivo? If anyone has any experience with that situation, I would be interested. Also how do you connect the Tivo box to the Panasonic?

I just purchased a DMR-E46VS but noticed that it only copies 16:9 format to D-RAM and 4:3 format to other DVDs. I was wondering if you have copied widescreen high-def material from the H10-250 to the E45 on formats other than D-RAM (presumably only at 4:3) and what the resulting recorded material looks like when played back.

1) Does the recording cut of the ends of the 16:9 picture in making the conversion to 4:3 or condense to fill the 4:3 aspect with distortion? The picture in the manual suggests the later.

2) If archiving HD signals are important to me, should I forget the Panasonic EV46S and find a DVD recorder that has a selectable (16:9 4:3) input?

3) Do any current DVD Recorders have a selectable (16:9 4:3) input AND HDMI output? The currect Sony DVD recorders have the selectable input but no output?
post #180 of 380
I was looking through the on-screen set-up guide for DVD playback and noticed under video, an option under input, I believe, that offered the choice of "lighter" and "darker".

Can't find any mention of it in the manual - anyone know what it's for and what it's supposed to do???
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