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post #19951 of 25419
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Originally Posted by DALET75 View Post

Thanks for your post.
I thought that the program I have would at least burn a CD but such does not seem to be the case, at least without an expensive upgrade. So, I will give your burning program a try.

Thanks again.

Windows can burn the data file to CD if you're running a Bill Gates machine, but third party software is much more flexible.
post #19952 of 25419
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Originally Posted by gastrof View Post


Tonight USA Network will be running a digitally restored version of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in widescreen. (I only have a 4x3 version recorded from another channel.)

If I try to feed it into one of my 515s, the feed from the cable box will create a letterboxed 4x3 picture. I haven't found a way to stop it, even when I set the cable box for a 16x9 TV.

The original was "widescreen" 1.85:1 or 16.65:9, so something will need to be changed just a little.
post #19953 of 25419
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Originally Posted by gastrof View Post

Has anyone used one of the converters (component or HDMI to composite) units Wajo mentioned around June of last year? The ones sold by Monoprice?

Are they still acting as "filters" as well as video converters? Also, if the picture coming thru them is in real widescreen (not letterbox), am I right in understanding they'll leave the picture UN-letterboxed even in the composite (or S-video) feed?

The component to composite I got from Monoprice gets the format the way I/you want, but its performance is dismal. Gamma is awful and video level low. And, I had to return two with defects other than video performance.

I have two HDMI to composite, one from Monoprice, one elsewhere, but identical to the Monoprice product except for its video performance. The source of the one that has the lower video level I don't remember, except the first I bought was the better. As downconverters both do a poorer job than those built into products like our Funais. I checked today of a recording in letterbox off a BHN Samsung's composite outputs to a 2160A against the same movie another day off the same box but via the HDMI to composite converter to a 515. The net quality once the TV is adjusted for proper zoom and aspect for either is really hard to distinguish. To me the HDMI to composite is mostly a convenience tool so that the saves to DVD don't make me readjust the TV to proper size and aspect on playback. It ostensibly strips CP, so there must be added value from that feature. I haven't been prevented from saving to DVD anything recorded via the converter.
post #19954 of 25419
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Originally Posted by TBoneit View Post

Hi,
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/ImgBurn
That is all I use for burning CDs, DVDs and BluRays. Data or Movie or ISOs.
In fact this is the only disc burning software I have installed on my computers.

It is only a burning program. It does no conversions and that also makes it small and compact.

I use other programs to convert video and author DVD & BluRay movies.

Only thing to watch out is to uncheck the three (3) options connected to the ASK toolbar, Default search engine & Home page.

Good Luck

ImgBurn is the best (I've tried virtually all authoring programs) It's small and fast, user-friendly, and free. It burns and create images for CD/DVD/Bluray. I have paid programs that comes with my DVD burner and Blu-ray burner, but ImgBurn is the only one I use.
post #19955 of 25419
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Originally Posted by gastrof View Post


Tonight USA Network will be running a digitally restored version of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in widescreen. (I only have a 4x3 version recorded from another channel.)

Thanks for the tip! It's been decades since I've seen this movie. Got my recorder set for 8.
post #19956 of 25419
Oops, I hope the off-topic police aren't watching me tonight.
post #19957 of 25419
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Originally Posted by gastrof View Post

If I try to feed it into one of my 515s, the feed from the cable box will create a letterboxed 4x3 picture. I haven't found a way to stop it, even when I set the cable box for a 16x9 TV.

My SD digital 480i feed indicates 4:3 letterbox. The 515H is letterbox, as is my TV tuner. The Tivo with cable card on my HD feed show it as 16:9, but the Info button says letterbox and the contents display slightly wide. Strange, but the screen has almost the same content. Interesting. On the Tivo the USA logo has "HD" next to it, the other sources do not.
post #19958 of 25419
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

The original was "widescreen" 1.85:1 or 16.65:9, so something will need to be changed just a little.

The TV channel is 16x9, so that's what will be getting fed out from the cable box thru its component outputs. What they did with the original film to put it into a 16x9 frame makes no difference. The recording will still make for 16x9 and that's the point.

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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

My SD digital 480i feed indicates 4:3 letterbox. The 515H is letterbox, as is my TV tuner. The Tivo with cable card on my HD feed show it as 16:9, but the Info button says letterbox and the contents display slightly wide. Strange, but the screen has almost the same content. Interesting. On the Tivo the USA logo has "HD" next to it, the other sources do not.

I'm not sure what point you're trying to make here, since I've said I want a video signal that doesn't crop or letterbox the widescreen movie's video, and will feed a non-letterboxed widescreen version of the video into the recorder.

The component to composite converter will apparently do just that, MrMazda's comments on picture quality aside.

The channel the movie was recorded on was the USA high def channel, so their picture format will be 16x9, the movie not being truly letterboxed as if it was meant for a 4x3 TV.

If the movie doesn't quite fill the 16x9 picture (with slight black bars resulting) or they have to clip a bit off the movie to get it to fit a 16x9 screen, either way is fine. It's as close as we can get with 16x9 TVs and TV channels to the original, and that's the point.

It's still better than the "cropped to 4x3" copy I currently have. (They didn't letterbox it. They CROPPED it! )
post #19959 of 25419
anyone happen to have a Philips 3575 or 3576 service manual ??

post #19960 of 25419
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Originally Posted by rkg22 View Post

anyone happen to have a Philips 3575 or 3576 service manual ??


I've got the Philips European Service Manual for models 3575, 3577, 3595 and 3597. These models use different software and utilities than North American models. This Service Manual runs to 172 pages--fully 156 of those pages cover the operating system software/service utilities. It's largely useless for North American models.
post #19961 of 25419
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Originally Posted by rkg22 View Post

anyone happen to have a Philips 3575 or 3576 service manual ??


http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/d...&scy=US&slg=en

Or, if you'd like a direct route...

http://download.p4c.philips.com/file...37_dfu_aen.pdf



I keep trying to do an attachment, but the forum system keeps saying a security token is missing, whatever that is.
post #19962 of 25419
He asked for a service manual. Your link is for the user manual. A service manual is not something thats usually readily available.
post #19963 of 25419
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Originally Posted by rta53 View Post

He asked for a service manual. Your link is for the user manual. A service manual is not something thats usually readily available.

It would be very nice if a service manual for the 515H could be bought, especially if they are a dying breed.
post #19964 of 25419
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

It would be very nice if a service manual for the 515H could be bought, especially if they are a dying breed.

Maybe 234 could point us to a downloadable version...
post #19965 of 25419
A question about the 3576, can it pass DTS audio to a decoder via HDMI (or only through the optical out)?

I haven't had a setup where it has mattered before.
post #19966 of 25419
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Originally Posted by rta53 View Post

He asked for a service manual. Your link is for the user manual. A service manual is not something thats usually readily available.


My mistork.
post #19967 of 25419
Hmmm...

Could this be it?

It'll cost about $13.

http://www.service-docs.com/store/se...rch.php&shop=1
post #19968 of 25419
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Originally Posted by DigaDo View Post

I've got the Philips European Service Manual for models 3575, 3577, 3595 and 3597. These models use different software and utilities than North American models. This Service Manual runs to 172 pages--fully 156 of those pages cover the operating system software/service utilities. It's largely useless for North American models.

hi digado...

does the service manual have schematics and board prints in it ??

my interest is focused on data interface between main pcb and motherboard on one particular section .... my guess is that the euro models most likely have the same physical interfaces ( ribbon cables ) between the boards as the US models, even though they're likely driven by totally different firmware systems...

rgds,
ron g
post #19969 of 25419
Walmart seems to have 515H units for sale at $300.
post #19970 of 25419
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

Walmart seems to have 515H units for sale at $300.

They still have some after more than 2 days? I picked up a refurb at J&R for 199, no tax & free shipping. And it works great.
post #19971 of 25419
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Originally Posted by gastrof View Post

Could this be it?

http://www.service-docs.com/store/se...rch.php&shop=1

I believe so.
post #19972 of 25419
Sooo.... no one knows about audio outputs or DTS?
post #19973 of 25419
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Originally Posted by DoctorM View Post

Sooo.... no one knows about audio outputs or DTS?

Any special DVD you are using for a test?
post #19974 of 25419
Thread Starter 
No DTS on our DVDRs.
post #19975 of 25419
Thread Starter 


J&R *may* be getting ready to sell a new batch of 513 refurbs... they changed back to a full product page, altho showing "Sold Out" for now.

post #19976 of 25419
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

No DTS on our DVDRs.

I don't know why I thought it could at least pass DTS through the optical out. Okay, thanks.
post #19977 of 25419
Bought a 515 off of Cragslist tonight!!!!
Watch your local Craigslist sales. Type in DVD Recorder or HDD recorder.
Found this 515 in the Atlanta area. Couple said "it was too difficult to figure out".
Got it home and it had 35 hours on it. In the box with everything that came with it.
$50 bucks! I was blown away. Happy all the same.
Check Craigslist guys. They are out there! I am also seeing DVD recorders with Digital tuners. Same story!
Brent
post #19978 of 25419
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post



J&R *may* be getting ready to sell a new batch of 513 refurbs... they changed back to a full product page, altho showing "Sold Out" for now.


I noticed that yesterday. I assume since it actually took some small effort by somebody, that there was a reason for it, and I expect you are correct. Likely, more are coming.

Oh, and Brent. Good job on that $50 Craig's list purchase. You have many envious people here today.
post #19979 of 25419
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Originally Posted by Brent Aucoin View Post

$50 bucks! I was blown away. Happy all the same.

Now you can sell it on ebay for $350 or more!
post #19980 of 25419
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post



J&R *may* be getting ready to sell a new batch of 513 refurbs... they changed back to a full product page, altho showing "Sold Out" for now.


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Originally Posted by Church AV Guy View Post

I noticed that yesterday. I assume since it actually took some small effort by somebody, that there was a reason for it, and I expect you are correct. Likely, more are coming.

...and just like that, the 513 page is gone again form the J&R site. I wonder if the relisting was a mistake, or if the same guy that selects prices for Amazon.com moonlights at J&R?
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