Originally Posted by 6volt
I totally agree with the 6-8 hour capacity of the VHS being important.
I have started recording from TV onto DVD and the # of DVD's I'm amassing is appalling. In fact, the only solution is a DVD jukebox of which BB doesn't even carry any (go figure).
Personally, I think that the capability we now have the the DVDR/HDD units will be dimished with the new crop of ATSC tuners. (I'm going to start a specific thread for that topic if I can't find one already.)
I've gone a totally different route. For archiving I record directly to HDD's. I record in XP mode for the classics from a high def source in widescreen (480i). For example Close Encounters of a Third Kind is currently running on HDNet. The result is near HD quality.
I have rejected being hobbled by the 4.7GB optical disc barrier. I currently have 2 terabytes of storage and can increase it at my leisure. I don't have to worry about disc fade, burn verifications etc.. Because I'm just loading movies onto a HDD I'm not worried about fragmentation or HDD maladies. I've got a HDD dedicated to temporary storage for heavy editing. I keep an eye on this one. My setup allows me to take my HDD's to my computer via USB and run any kind of disc utility I choose.
I've also added a second recorder that has excellent editing capabilities. As well as HDMI upconversion. If I want portability I record to this recorder from my archived material at accepted 4.7GB rates. I suffer one generational loss but the source is XP material. Very good stuff.
To accomplish this I found myself on my own. Had to do it myself. Why a DVD recorder manufacturer doesn't offer something like this is beyond me. This is common with HTPC's. Which leads me to believe that CES will offer very little this year. Yes ATSC tuners. But companies like JVC and Pioneer are out of the business. Replaced by Funai.