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post #91 of 131
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Originally Posted by FlyingSinger View Post

Hi all,

My boss told me that his wife uses an inexpensive DVD-recorder to record shows to RW discs (which she re-uses) - he didn't know the brand or model off-hand, but the key feature is that she begins recording the show at its start, waits 10-15 minutes, then watches the show with the ability to fast-forward through commercials (as the rest of the show continues to record). I knew that hard-drive based DVR/TiVO etc. could do that, but I was surprised that DVD-recorders could do it.

Can the LG RC199H do that trick (assuming of course it can record at all off our cable box)?

Thanks!

No. You might try googling "time shifting dvd recorder" or just ask your boss to find out. (He might even be confusing DVR with DVD recorder since any hard drive can also be called a read/write disk that can be played back at any time.)
post #92 of 131
According to page 41 of the manual you can time shift if you use DVD-RAM. Also, it will only play VHS-S - no recording.
post #93 of 131
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Originally Posted by mikeianne View Post

According to page 41 of the manual you can time shift if you use DVD-RAM. Also, it will only play VHS-S - no recording.

Hmmm...I'll have to check that out in my manual and report back when I try it.

For those of you who own this unit (or others), what is the best way to edit out commercials from a previously recorded VHS tape when copying it to DVD? I can't find an easy way to do this other than fast forwarding the DVD to the parts where there are commercials, marking them as chapters and then hiding those chapters in the playlist. This is a pain in the neck to do or should I say time consuming.
post #94 of 131
I recorded to a -RW disk, the contents had a lot of edits (deleted a bunch of commercials). And like many others, the unit froze up during the process. The first half of the disk recorded pretty good, but the second half there are a bunch of spots where the video freezes for a second or two during playback. The freeze points are NOT where the commercials were deleted.

This only happens on a seperate DVD player, not the LG. Is this a problem with the way the LG burned the disk or the is it the media itself (i'm using an off brand disk)? Has anyone else come across this? The edits took place over a few days, so the disk sat in the recorder tray that long, with the power on. Could this have caused the problem?

Secondly,

I am connecting the LG to a cable company's Hi-def DVR with a coax cable. Is there a significant increase in playback of DVDs, and/or viewing cable, and/or recording quality by using the S-video input on the front of the unit?
post #95 of 131
LG RC289H-S

Does anyone have the specs for this new unit available 2/07?

I would like to see what is different from the RC199H

Thanks
post #96 of 131
I just got this unit and I'm really not sure how I feel about it.

First of all it was a replacement for a JVC DVD/VCR combo that turned out to be a Lemon. Thank goodness for the Best Buy four year service plan - after the fourth repair they deemed it "junked" and I was able to pick out their most expensive dvd/vcr combo in the store (my JVC was a few years old so this was a big upgrade!) and that was this LG RC199H!

Well I have no idea what upconverting is but I liked the memory card slots and the ability to hook up the digital video camera (though I don't have one... but maybe in the future?).

I already figured I wouldn't be able to copy store-bought DVDs because the JVC wouldn't let me but I've come across a new thing.

First of all I can't dub old store-bought VHSs to DVD. I mean really? Old ones... like 1990 and prior? It recognizes the copyright on those? How? I didn't think they were putting signals on those tapes back then. (How do they do this anyway?)

Second of all I tried something tonight and was really surprised. I have TiVo on another TV and I recorded a movie from IFC (Independent Film Channel). I decided I wanted to save it so I did a "Save to VCR" on that unit - no problem. Older VCR. It was built to do that! Well I took my VHS tape into my room with the LG RC199H and popped it into the VHS side and started to dub onto DVD but it stopped me. Copyright Protection!!! What??? Really??? It's stopping me from dubbing from my own VHS to DVD?? I understand that some people are completely unable to record on the unit because of cable sending off some sort of copyright signal but this was cable -> recorded to TiVo -> recorded to blank store-bought VHS -> AND THEN I tried to dub on a completely different unit that isn't hooked up to cable/TiVo. Is it really possible that some sort of copyright signal was retained in all that copying?

I did a little testing. I taped something from Lifetime Television (the Golden Girls) onto the TiVo -> saved that to VHS (same one) -> and brought that into the LG and tried to dub and THAT was copyright protected.

Then I thought maybe the VHS itself had something to do with it. Maybe the little copy tab was loose - so I pulled it out and taped over it - put it back in the machine and then I was able to dub the Golden Girls episode to DVD. So I thought that was the problem but alas NO. It still wouldn't dub the movie from IFC!!

Oy! I thought "this can't be so!" so I called LG customer service and they went through the spiel about how it wouldn't be able to dub store-bought videos but then I told them that it was a blank VHS that I had taped from TV onto. That threw them for a loop! The gentleman I talked to said I should take it back to Best Buy and exchange it for a different unit - that there was some software that they were loading on the machines and maybe my unit was shipped out before the software was installed.

Considering that this unit is my replacement unit after the JVC lemon - I'm really not in a hurry to unplug everything AGAIN only to find out that no, the LG will never dub anything taped from TiVo or IFC or something.

So does anyone else have this problem? Or is it specific to my unit?

The Customer Service dude also suggested that the LG might not be able to handle my brand of VHS. (Sony). OK maybe but that doesn't explain why I could dub the Golden Girls but not the IFC movie. They were on the same VHS.



On a different topic - I tried that region hack that was posted in this forum and I am now able to play my Region 2 (UK) DVD's. So that's a bonus! It's been hinted that there might be a hack to remove the copyright thing using that same hidden menu that you access when doing the region hack. If anyone figures it out - post it please!
post #97 of 131
Just an update -

I'm now trying a dub which was TiVo-ed from Lifetime Television -> saved to JVC brand VHS -> and going to a Memorex DVD-R. This seems to be working. Is it because Lifetime didn't copyprotect their content? Or because I'm now using a JVC brand VHS tape?
post #98 of 131
There's no way that the brand of VHS tape will make a difference.
post #99 of 131
I've recorded about 20 movies from VHS so far, most of the older, but I have only ran into copy protection on two of them so far. I am sure there will be more, but other than that it is working good for me.

One thing I wish it had was a menu display on the front of the unit....so you don't have to even turn on the tv to dub from vhs to dvd, but it's not a big deal.
post #100 of 131
I have read all the previous posts and haven't found the answer. I want to like the LG RC199H, I really do. I have owned it for 1 week and have noted several issues with it. 1. It won't play SVCDs, though it will play DVDs, VCDs, and audio CDs. I will even play DivX files fine. 2. I won't detect my cable channels. 3 Won't cycle through the audio options; it just says MONO. and 3. Now I get a green toned picture when watching any channel (via the cable box) or when I play back any DVD (commerical or home movie). I have emailed customer support, but based on reviews I have read elsewhere, I am not too optimistic. Anyone experienced similiar problems and found a fix? Oh did I mention that it won't output audio to my receiver if I try to watch the signal via HDMI? Like I said, I really want to like this machine, but I am really finding it hard. I may just have gotten a lemon. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks in advance.
post #101 of 131
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Originally Posted by CaelisMD View Post

I have read all the previous posts and haven't found the answer. I want to like the LG RC199H, I really do. I have owned it for 1 week and have noted several issues with it. 1. It won't play SVCDs, though it will play DVDs, VCDs, and audio CDs. I will even play DivX files fine. 2. I won't detect my cable channels. 3 Won't cycle through the audio options; it just says MONO. and 3. Now I get a green toned picture when watching any channel (via the cable box) or when I play back any DVD (commerical or home movie). I have emailed customer support, but based on reviews I have read elsewhere, I am not too optimistic. Anyone experienced similiar problems and found a fix? Oh did I mention that it won't output audio to my receiver if I try to watch the signal via HDMI? Like I said, I really want to like this machine, but I am really finding it hard. I may just have gotten a lemon. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

I've owned this unit for awhile. About once every month, I seem to get that green screen you are referring too when I get in a hurry. I think it has to do with the HDMI communication. I just push stop, turn unit off and back on and it is fine then. I don't know about SVCDs. For 5.1 sound, I used the optical out on the back of the unit and sent it to my AV receiver but I don't remember changing any audio settings in the menu when I did that. Hopefully this helps some. That being said, I am happy with it, but I really wish they would make these with a tuner so that I could record over the air digital stuff I receive for free.
post #102 of 131
I will have to try that resetting that you have suggested. I have the unit connect via my optical cable to the receiver, but alas no sound. Thanks again. I will continue to play with it. Thanks.
post #103 of 131
So, it seems almost everyone here has had a reasonably good experience with all of the recording and playback features. But, I haven't seen a post here yet about the chip reader functions of this unit. I have lots of Memory Sticks and SD chips. I put them in the unit, go to "Home" and the menu feature to use to view these is "greyed" out. In fact the "Music" "Photo" and one other is too. Am I missing a part of the cable hook-up? I can play and record both VHS and DVD just fine. Had the "Greening screen" problem once but other than that the unit is great! Anyone had this issue with inaccessible menu items?
post #104 of 131
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Originally Posted by LGnut View Post

Anyone had this issue with inaccessible menu items?

This won't be much help since I have not yet tried the camera card feature, however I did/do often notice the greyed out menu items. When I first got my refurbished unit I was frustrated not being able to re-set the channels, until I followed the instructions to reset the unit completely to factory defaults. Now that I have a properly functioning unit I've noticed that it seems to be trying to out smart me. For example the finalize option is greyed out unless there is a disk in the unit that has not yet been finalized! Greyed-out means it makes no sense to use that option given the current state of the machine.
post #105 of 131
I've had this unit for a couple of months and recently noted that, intermittently, the TV appears to lose video sync. Everything is fine - source doesn't matter (pass through video from a Showstopper on AV1 or DVD or VHS) - and then the picture is scrambled. I'm using composite video. Rebooting the TV does not help, but rebooting the LG fixed the problem - for awhile. Ugh.
post #106 of 131
I took my RC199H to BestBuy - extended warranty and all, you know. They sent if off, replaced something inside (or so they say), and now the loss of video sync appears to be gone. All is well...after some effort...
post #107 of 131
Hi everyone,

First time post: How is the LG RC199H holding up over time? What do you think of LG in general?
post #108 of 131
This thing is a piece of trash. It constantly locks up, doesn't recognize some store-bought discs, and now after playing a SINGLE VHS tape, it just plays snow on every tape. I played the tapes in my other VHS player, and they are fine. I am fit to be tied right now. I e-mailed LG. We'll see what happens.

This is my first and last LG product.
post #109 of 131
If you care about timer recording, steer clear. Mine stopped working after about a year. It would shut off prematurely. I had the extended warranty on it through Best Buy and after 2 visits they gave me a new one, the LG RC797T. I like it a little better because it has the onboard digital tuner, but in another post I was told that the tuner was not truly HD. Still scratching my head over the difference between "digital" and "HD".

Good luck.
post #110 of 131
I have the LG RC199H and recently moved into a new home. Im my old home, it worked fine when I recorded things to DVD. I don't think I've set it up any differently in my new home (but I did install t all myself this time and when I originally bought everything in the old house I had a guy from Best Buy come out and do it). However, here's my problem:

Now, I put in a new disc (Memorex DVD+R) in hopes of recording some football games stored on my DVR and it says "unable to read disc" and ejects it after it "initializes" it. When I put in a disc I've already recorded from when I lived in my old house, it works fine. They're the same exact discs (Memorex DVD+Rs). I don't see what I'm doing wrong. If I put in a normal DVD, it works and reads it fine. These new discs the LG doesn't like but they are the same exact discs.
post #111 of 131
Might just be a bad batch of discs. With Memorex, especially, it's not all that uncommon.

Try a better brand disc, like Verbatim, or even Sony.
post #112 of 131
Well my RC199H finally died, after 9 months. Stopped reading rented DVD's. I called a local repair shop and the guy said he'd fix it but the warranty would not be extended. So with only 3 months left I'll buy something else. I asked him what to look at and he said it didn't matter. He said all the manufacturers use really cheap parts so they can beat the other guy's price. He recommended to buy something cheap and throw it away when it breaks and buy again. Great news. Will probably buy an Oppo player and get the tape transfers done some other way. FWIW, sent and email to LG blasting them for such a ripoff product. I'll buy from another company!

Dave
post #113 of 131
I have a DVD-VCR combo LG RC199H, by mistake I have changed the option values in the hidden setup, but not the ones I had to change to make it multizone, and now my remote doesn't work and I can not turn the unit on otherwise I do it from the power button on the front panel. Even when it is on the remote doesn´t work, I have replaced the batteries with no result, I´m sure that the problem is in the options values I have changed. Can anybody tell me how to solve this?
post #114 of 131
I have a DVD-VCR combo LG RC199H, by mistake I have changed the option values in the hidden setup, but not the ones I had to change to make it multizone, and now my remote doesn't work and I can not turn the unit on otherwise I do it from the power button on the front panel. Even when it is on the remote doesn´t work, I have replaced the batteries with no result, I´m sure that the problem is in the options values I have changed. Can anybody tell me how to solve this?
post #115 of 131
I have this unit and have recently switch to an HDMI cable to get the upconverting. My issue is that the unit defaults to 480i when I start it. I then need to manually set it to 1080i with the remote to start each movie. Is there any way for the 1080i setting to be retained so I don't need to set it on startup each time?

Thanks in advance.
post #116 of 131
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Originally Posted by videovark View Post

I just picked up one of these units last week. I purchased my first plasma TV a few weeks ago and wanted to try the HDMI connection. This unit was recommended by a guy at BestBuy because of its ability to up-convert VHS as well as DVD. It being a recorder was a bonus as I already have a 1 1/2 year old Sony DVD recorder for my basement theater setup (the plasma was for my study - the second' TV).

What do I think of this LG unit? It's junk. I'm taking it back this week. I've used it about 6 times so far and most of the time when I turn it on it locks up. The HELLO' never leaves the display and I can't turn it off/on or eject a disc. I need to unplug it, then plug it back in before it works. Once it seemed to work after I turned it on only to have the disc lockup (freeze frame image - you could skip to the next chapter and get a new freeze frame). I thought it was a bad DVD as this was a new title I purchased with the LG so I popped in a title I was using to evaluate the plasma and it did the same thing. I turned the LG off and then on again and this time it worked. I also noticed on two occasions periodic click-click noise in the audio which I suspect is another feature' of this LG unit.

As you can see, I've obviously gotten a bad one but the question is do I really want another one? The BestBuy guy told me that LG is the old Goldstar company with a new name and a new commitment to high-end quality. I would expect it also provides BestBuy with a high-end profit margin.

My RC199H is about a year and 1/2 old, and just tonight it started doing the same thing: push power, display says "HELLO" but nothing comes on the screen and can't eject, 30 sec later it shuts off (HELLO goes back to the clock display). Tried unplugging it for about 2 hours then retest, still no change. I had to get a disk-reading problem fixed on it last Nov because it started having a hard time reading disks, and now this. Anyone else having the same problem, with a possible fix?? (other than to buy a new one!)

Thanks for your help,
John
post #117 of 131
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Originally Posted by dryden3 View Post

My RC199H is about a year and 1/2 old, and just tonight it started doing the same thing: push power, display says "HELLO" but nothing comes on the screen and can't eject, 30 sec later it shuts off (HELLO goes back to the clock display). Tried unplugging it for about 2 hours then retest, still no change. I had to get a disk-reading problem fixed on it last Nov because it started having a hard time reading disks, and now this. Anyone else having the same problem, with a possible fix?? (other than to buy a new one!)

Thanks for your help,
John

Try setting your clock manually and turning DST off.
post #118 of 131
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

Try setting your clock manually and turning DST off.

I got it working again. I unhooked everything except the power cord, set the unit on its side, slapped the bottom of it firmly a few times, hooked up the HDMI cable again, pushed power and low and behold, it worked (imagine that!!)

wajo, you bring up an interesting point with setting the clock manually because before tonight, the last time I turned the thing on was on Sunday when I set the time for the "spring forward" change. I don't mean to sound stupid but what is DST, and how do I turn it off?

Thanks!
John
post #119 of 131
DST = Daylight Saving Time... some units use "Summer Time."
post #120 of 131
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

DST = Daylight Saving Time... some units use "Summer Time."

Thanks for your advice. I couldn't find a setting in the "home" menu for DST, but I did find one for "factory set" which appeared to reset everything to factory original condition. I did this, set the time/date manually, and let it go through the auto channel set. I hope it stays working from here on out.
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