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post #23971 of 25409
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Originally Posted by JER01 View Post

Hi everyone,

I have been using the 2160a for a few years now. It has been very reliable and I love it and use it a lot. I have Comcast limited basic and I don't have a cable box. I hook the incoming cable line to my 2160a and then use an HDMI cable to connect from the Mag to my TV. Recently, I have been having the following problem. When my Mag is off, the picture reception on my TV is good on all channels, using the tuner in my TV. However, when the Mag is on, the reception on my TV [using the TV tuner] is very poor on 4 channels . The picture breaks up to the point to where it is unwatchable. When I turn the mag off, the picture returns to good quality. The problem channels are: Channel 7.1 [ABC], and the 3 PBS channels -- 56.1, 56.2, 56.3. All other channels have good reception, with no signs of breakup. I have not made any changes that could account for this problem.

This problem does not allow me to watch programs on channel 7, 56..., while recording programs on other channels with the Mag.

Anybody got any ideas on what is going on here, and how to fix it?

 

I'd try a Soft Reset first...

 

then, if no change, a channel rescan with Auto Channel Preset > Cable (Analog/Digital)?

post #23972 of 25409
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

Nobody fights on this thread. It's agains the rules. smile.gif
 Since you want to record though a cable box does that mean your cable feed doesn't have the channels you wish to record unless you use the cable company's box?

Picking nits is ok.

Yes there are just a few channels plus OnDemand that the MAG 537 can't recieve. But I do have a panasonic DMREH55S, that although is a little cranky in the dvd writer otherwise stills runs like a champ, that has an IR Blaster/cable mouse. By hooking up through it I can get the MAG to record them. Oddly enough since posting I've recorded 5 discs without a problem on my EH55 lmao.
post #23973 of 25409
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Originally Posted by DigaDo View Post

Just a few comments. I currently have one dozen recorders set up for daily use. The Panasonics in current heavy use have the routine cleaning performed once a year. Weekly cleaning would seem to me to be too frequent. The Magnavox and Philips models do not require regular cleaning.

Since September 2005 I have home-recorded more than 13,000 DVDs.

I own eight Magnavox and two Philips HDD/DVD Recorders including these Magnavox models, two 515, two 2160A, three 2160, one upgraded 2080, and one each Philips 3576 and 3575. I also own around thirty Panasonic DVD Recorders, including four HDD/DVD models, two 2005 DMR-EH50 models and two 2006 DMR-EH75 models. Of my Panasonic DVD Recorders in current use the busiest are 2006 models DMR-ES25 (through composite inputs from a Comcast Motorola DCX3200 HD converter box), DMR-ES35 (daisy-chained RF input from the DCX3200 converter box), DMR-ES15 (daisy-chained RF input from the DCX3200 converter box) and a DMR-EA18 of 2009 manufacture (through S-Video input from the Comcast Motorola DCX3200 HD converter box). The busiest of my HDD/DVD Recorders are the two 2005 DMR-EH50 models (both with two or three S-Video and composite input feeds from various sources-including a Roku 2XS and a Comcast Motorola DCT700 cable box and a Monoprice LKV2000 converter box for recording from the computer and internet). I have several switch boxes to feed recorder outputs to the TVs, two of which are in my home office and one of which is in my bedroom.

I service and repair Panasonic recorders (as needed) but only those owned by my immediate family. I give occasional advice concerning Panasonic service and repair but I do not repair recorders owned by others.

Wow and I thought I was a no-lifer (jk). Just out of curiosity what do you do with all the discs?

As far as the DMREH55S I will eventually seek out your and a couple others advice later, but at the moment am multitasking with moving into a new place. Very slow going when you use a PT Cruiser to move furniture lol. Plus since my complaining about the panny it has today recorded 5 discs without a hitch. It really is a cranky unpredictable witch. Thankfully the new MAG doesn't feel much different in use yet, although I have yet to try editing on the MAG.
post #23974 of 25409
Aragorn8354,

Since the mid-1980s I've home-recorded movies from the early talkie era through the film noir era.

In 2007 I transferred to DVD selected portions (5,200 titles) of my twenty year accumulation of home-recorded videotapes. Once up to speed that ten-month long project had up to seven Panasonic recorders running up to 18 hours per day, 6 days a week. In order to avoid down-time for these heavily used Panasonics I learned how to service and make repairs as needed. Most of those Panasonics are still fully functional to this day, some of them having accumulated more than 4,500 recording hours. These Panasonics are set aside as standby recorders.

I also produce weekly compilation DVDs of material from an internet television network.

I also drive a PT Cruiser, a 2005 Limited Turbo (lite), just turned 29K miles. This is my around-town car. For road trips I prefer my Mercedes SEL, as seen in the avatar (but without flags).
Edited by DigaDo - 7/5/13 at 2:04pm
post #23975 of 25409
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

I'd try a Soft Reset first...

then, if no change, a channel rescan with Auto Channel Preset > Cable (Analog/Digital)?

Hi Wajo,

Thanks for the input. I was not looking forward to the doing the "Soft Reset" or channel rescan, so I put it off until today. I made a copy of your instructions and made a list of the programs I am currently recording. I was about to pull the plug, when I decided to check one more time to make sure I still had the problem. Well, it is a good thing I did, bc today, the problem has disappeared! It was very repeatable for the past several days -- when I turned my Mag on I had the poor reception problem; When I turned the Mag off, I did not have the problem. I have no idea why it went away - but I am happy it did. I just hope it stays away. My confidence level in that is not too high. Before I figured out how to make it repeat, it seemed to come and go. I will let you know if it comes back.

A little additional info: I have 3 of the 2160's hooked up to 3 different TV's. I had this problem on two of the three. If it was a signal strength problem, I would expect that the one with the longest run would have been one of the ones with the problem. Well it wasn't. The one with the 30+ ft run of rf was the only one that did not have the problem.

One other bit of info. This problem seemed to show up a couple weeks ago, around the time when some new orange rf cable showed up next door to me. It was laying on the ground and connected to the house next door. They had the orange cable before, but most of it was buried. I am guessing she dug thru it while gardening and had to have it replaced. She left it above ground this time so she doesn't cut it again. I don't know if Comcast could have disturbed my cable connection while replacing the cable next door.

Joe, I looked on my tv for signal strength and could not find it. It is a high end 47" Vizio, so it could be there and I just don't know where to find it. I had that feature on one of my old CRT tv's, but cannot remember how I accessed it.

Thanks again to both of you for getting back to me.

Jer01
post #23976 of 25409
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Hello Friends

My power went off at 10:15 pm it came back on at 3:05 am.
Nearly 5 hours ago.
My 535 shows 3 am.I thought it was it was showing the LP time.
I pulled up my timer program everything is still there!!

I have no back-up battery at this time.
Did Funai up date the battery inside?
Right now the 535 shows 5:14am

Mark
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post #23977 of 25409
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Originally Posted by MarkB49 View Post

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Hello Friends

My power went off at 10:15 pm it came back on at 3:05 am.
Nearly 5 hours ago.
My 535 shows 3 am.I thought it was it was showing the LP time.
I pulled up my timer program everything is still there!!

I have no back-up battery at this time.
Did Funai up date the battery inside?
Right now the 535 shows 5:14am

Mark
smile.gif

 

I don't think so. Starting with the 515, a few people have seen some amazing battery backup times, some several days worth. Even the older units had ~4X the backup time if you just had an Auto Clock option on. I assume no one can know in advance how much time they'd get since not everyone has reported such amazing backup times with their Philips or Mag HDD recorders.. I also don't think anyone has reported a repeat of their long backup time, so not sure if it's an oddity or not.


Edited by wajo - 7/6/13 at 7:39am
post #23978 of 25409
After 15 new discs created without a problem on my old DMREH55S I had to sit back and wonder why all of a sudden it's working so smoothly. Until a couple weeks ago it had been in storage for nearly a year as my personal situation forced me into semi-exile. I had been living for years in Gilmanton NH. Very country atmosphere, but also very dusty. To be precise, if you dusted the entire house twenty minutes later it would look as though you hadn't dusted in twenty years. Lots of beaches, dirt roads and winter road sand kicked up by the town's heavy equipment among other factors I would guess. I just recently moved into a city apartment (6th floor) in Laconia and it's almost a "clean room" environment in comparison. I have a suspicion the dusty environment was choking my poor Pannies to death. Maybe i can do less frequent cleanings now!
post #23979 of 25409
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

I don't think so. Starting with the 515, a few people have seen some amazing battery backup times, some several days worth. Even the older units had ~4X the backup time if you just had an Auto Clock option on. I assume no one can know in advance how much time they'd get since not everyone has reported such amazing backup times with their Philips or Mag HDD recorders.. I also don't think anyone has reported a repeat of their long backup time, so not sure if it's an oddity or not.


I do manual clock set-ups because the clock time is fast.I think I set it 2 min. back 2 weeks ago.
The owners manual says on page 34 " Note......Your clock setting will be lost if either there is a power
failure or this unit has been unplugged for more than 1 hour when you set the clock manually."
post #23980 of 25409
Hi guys,

Any recommendations for 3-in, 1-out HDMI switch boxes?
post #23981 of 25409
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Originally Posted by JimLely View Post

Any recommendations for 3-in, 1-out HDMI switch boxes?
Things to remember when shopping:

HDMI input ports are like HP in hot rodding: more is better, and too much is just right.

Tiny remotes are easily hidden and lost.

The bigger and heavier it is, the less control the cables have over its location, which might be more important than you think WRT remote access.

The bigger it is, the less likely difficulty in plugging in a cable in the dark nest of cables behind all the stuff, or identifying the port you want to connect to.

Ports aimed every which way limit places you can put it.

First one I bought was 4 in 1 out. Less than a year later I wanted more. I bought a 5 in 1 out, but failed to notice its "automatic" selection misfeature before trying to use it. I returned it within a month. Don't buy one that is "automatic" unless you plan to always only have one input powered up at a time, or don't mind missing programming while waiting on time delay necessary for manual device reselection to take effect.

My 4 in 1 out is an Aluratek AVW04H that, other than not having enough inputs, does what it needs to do fully manually. Whether it came from Amazon or Monoprice I don't remember.
post #23982 of 25409
I got 3 to 1 switch from amazon that works great, the remote is a little flimsy, but I use a Harmony remote, and the auto sensing work pretty reliably I have found. It may need a ac-dc adapter that wasnt included, but I use a roku box thats always on so that powers it and the Mag 535 also will power it when its on, but my LG Blue ray doesnt, but no problem the roku box is always on.

I got it from amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015YWKYY/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
post #23983 of 25409
Many thanks to all who replied.
post #23984 of 25409
Hello, I was wondering if you guys could help me. I recently purchased a Magnavox MDR535H and spent a couple of weeks copying my VHS collection to DVR using the setting for best picture quality (HQ). Unfortunately, now most of the file sizes are too big to use the "High" setting when I dub these titles to DVD. Even an hour and 48 minute video was reduced to SP. Many of the other videos are 6 hours long and are reduced to the lowest quality when I try to dub. This is very frustrating, because the whole purpose of buying this Magnavox was to prevent the quality of the videos from getting any worse. At this point, what would you do? Is it better to reduce the initial quality when dubbing from VHS to DVR down to SP or less, or will I get about the same quality if I continue with the work I've already done? I don't want to have to copy 40+ VHS tapes all over again, but I will if it makes a difference.
post #23985 of 25409
You could try dividing the recordings (through the editing option) in order to high speed dub them. This will create more dvds than you anticipated, I'm sure.
Edited by JimLely - 7/9/13 at 2:49pm
post #23986 of 25409
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Originally Posted by JPowers View Post

Hello, I was wondering if you guys could help me. I recently purchased a Magnavox MDR535H and spent a couple of weeks copying my VHS collection to DVR using the setting for best picture quality (HQ). Unfortunately, now most of the file sizes are too big to use the "High" setting when I dub these titles to DVD. Even an hour and 48 minute video was reduced to SP. Many of the other videos are 6 hours long and are reduced to the lowest quality when I try to dub. This is very frustrating, because the whole purpose of buying this Magnavox was to prevent the quality of the videos from getting any worse. At this point, what would you do? Is it better to reduce the initial quality when dubbing from VHS to DVR down to SP or less, or will I get about the same quality if I continue with the work I've already done? I don't want to have to copy 40+ VHS tapes all over again, but I will if it makes a difference.

 

The Mag is very good at copying sources recorded at HQ from a digital channel then downconverting to SP.

 

For analog sources, like VHS tapes, I'd try a real-time dub (RTD) from HQ to SP (like on that 1:48:00) title and see if you like the resulting copy on the DVD.

 

Right now, you've got max. quality of an analog source on HDD rather than a downrezzed SP copy. The only thing you'd gain by copying over at SP then high-speed dubbing (HSD) to DVD is a mirror image copy of the original SP title, i.e., a SP copy of a lower-quality original on the HDD. So, you might only save TIME without any increased quality... hard to say for sure without a test. A LOT depends on the original quality on the tapes.

 

Here's the help file on dubbing that might help with future copying/dubbing projects?

post #23987 of 25409
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

The Mag is very good at copying sources recorded at HQ from a digital channel then downconverting to SP.

For analog sources, like VHS tapes, I'd try a real-time dub (RTD) from HQ to SP (like on that 1:48:00) title and see if you like the resulting copy on the DVD.

Right now, you've got max. quality of an analog source on HDD rather than a downrezzed SP copy. The only thing you'd gain by copying over at SP then high-speed dubbing (HSD) to DVD is a mirror image copy of the original SP title, i.e., a SP copy of a lower-quality original on the HDD. So, you might only save TIME without any increased quality... hard to say for sure without a test. A LOT depends on the original quality on the tapes.

Here's the help file on dubbing that might help with future copying/dubbing projects?

Thank you for your help! The videos are pretty old. Most are from '91-'92, so the quality isn't great. I was hoping you'd have a definite answer for me. So, there is no general rule of whether it's better to reduce quality at the beginning or later? I'm surprised no one has discussed this before, because it seems to me that it's a big issue.
post #23988 of 25409
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Originally Posted by JPowers View Post

Thank you for your help! The videos are pretty old. Most are from '91-'92, so the quality isn't great. I was hoping you'd have a definite answer for me. So, there is no general rule of whether it's better to reduce quality at the beginning or later? I'm surprised no one has discussed this before, because it seems to me that it's a big issue.

 

Well, I was responding to your current situation.

 

It's pretty definite that you normally want to copy to HDD at a rec mode that will allows HSD to disc. That gives you an original on the HDD at the highest-quality rec mode that will transfer to disc with no loss in quality due to the ability to HSD.

 

Of course, you always want to plan in advance for editing, as well, so that you can copy (or record) to HDD in the highest quality AFTER deleting some sections. For example, you can often record a 3-hr program (like a football game or 3-hr tape with commercials) in SP rec mode, then delete fluff and stuff to get the run time down to 2:10:00 or less so it can be losslessly dubbed with HSD.

 

More info on that help file I linked to under "Strategies...."


Edited by wajo - 7/9/13 at 12:13pm
post #23989 of 25409
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Originally Posted by JPowers View Post

Hello, I was wondering if you guys could help me. I recently purchased a Magnavox MDR535H and spent a couple of weeks copying my VHS collection to DVR using the setting for best picture quality (HQ). Unfortunately, now most of the file sizes are too big to use the "High" setting when I dub these titles to DVD. Even an hour and 48 minute video was reduced to SP. Many of the other videos are 6 hours long and are reduced to the lowest quality when I try to dub. This is very frustrating, because the whole purpose of buying this Magnavox was to prevent the quality of the videos from getting any worse. At this point, what would you do? Is it better to reduce the initial quality when dubbing from VHS to DVR down to SP or less, or will I get about the same quality if I continue with the work I've already done? I don't want to have to copy 40+ VHS tapes all over again, but I will if it makes a difference.

You should audition the videotapes to determine their quality. Then decide what recording mode you want to use when transferring your material to the hard drive. That should help you determine how you might edit, divide and assemble the material in order to high-speed dub the material to DVDs.

During a ten month long project during 2007 I transferred around 5,200 titles to DVD from selected portions of my twenty year accumulation of videotapes. I used Panasonic DVD recorders. Once up to speed I had up to seven Panasonic recorders running up to eighteen hours per day, six days a week. My home-recorded archive now has more than 13,000 DVDs.
post #23990 of 25409
I'm looking at a Mag 535 or 537 to replace my ailing Toshiba RXDS34. I know the Mag is a simpler machine but how is the quality at similar recording rates? I will be recording to HDD and then sometimes transferring to DVD. Sources will be mostly RF from digital antenna and analog cable, and S video from legal non copy-protected DVD's. With the Toshiba I am pretty happy with the recording quality at the SP mode. Any comments on quality or links to reports on the Mag much appreciated.

Thanks:D
post #23991 of 25409
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Originally Posted by xlr8r View Post

I'm looking at a Mag 535 or 537 to replace my ailing Toshiba RXDS34. I know the Mag is a simpler machine but how is the quality at similar recording rates? I will be recording to HDD and then sometimes transferring to DVD. Sources will be mostly RF from digital antenna and analog cable, and S video from legal non copy-protected DVD's. With the Toshiba I am pretty happy with the recording quality at the SP mode. Any comments on quality or links to reports on the Mag much appreciated.

Thanks:D

I have several Toshiba DVDR and an RX-50. The HQ bit rate of the Mag is 10Mbs, which is more than enough for SD. The SP bit rate is only slightly lower and I'm sure wajo will post a link to that table. What is missing is the DVD-RAM ability. I can assume your analog cable is 2 - 13? From information on Amazon that Toshiba is very nice. The Mag has no guide, but nobody has TVGOS anymore. The HDMI output goes to 1080p and works very well. All data stored on the HDD is 480i and DD2.0/PCM also.

post #23992 of 25409
@Jpowers - When I'm trying to preserve my VHS tapes, I record on the HQ speed, use the Edit menu to divide into 1 hour chunks, burn and then reassemble (and clean up) on my PC before reburning.
That way there is minimal quality lost, and I can inverse telecine and clean/sharpen/enhance. The final DVDs usually look better than the original VHS.

Of course if you were using extended play on your VHS tapes, it probably won't matter as much.
Edited by DoctorM - 7/9/13 at 12:14pm
post #23993 of 25409
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

I have several Toshiba DVDR and an RX-50. The HQ bit rate of the Mag is 10Mbs, which is more than enough for SD. The SP bit rate is only slightly lower and I'm sure wajo will post a link to that table. What is missing is the DVD-RAM ability. I can assume your analog cable is 2 - 13? From information on Amazon that Toshiba is very nice. The Mag has no guide, but nobody has TVGOS anymore. The HDMI output goes to 1080p and works very well. All data stored on the HDD is 480i and DD2.0/PCM also.

Thanks Joe K
The analog cable has "cable ready" 2-13 and a few above that which are rarely of interest. I should correct that the digital antenna tuner's output is composite video. I believe the Magnavox has a built in digital broadcast tuner anyway. TVGOS on the Toshiba has always been next to useless for me . I also have a Toshiba RXDS52 which doesn't have TVGOS and it's tuner/timer system is so much better and easier to use.

Assuming that the record rate settings on the Toshibas are for Mbs,, I usually record to the HDD at 4.6Mbs which they call SP and that fits about 2 hours on a DVD when transferred. Would I have the option to record at about that same rate on the Magnavox and could I expect about the same quality?
post #23994 of 25409
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

Well, I was responding to your current situation.

It's pretty definite that you normally want to copy to HDD at a rec mode that will allows HSD to disc. That gives you an original on the HDD at the highest-quality rec mode that will transfer to disc with no loss in quality due to the ability to HSD.

Of course, you always want to plan in advance for editing, as well, so that you can copy (or record) to HDD in the highest quality AFTER deleting some sections. For example, you can often record a 3-hr program (like a football game or 3-hr tape with commercials) in SP rec mode, then delete fluff and stuff to get the run time down to 2:10:00 or less so it can be losslessly dubbed with HSD.

More info on that help file I linked to under "Strategies...."

Thank you, I'm probably going to need to do more editing, which I was hoping to to on the PC later.
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Originally Posted by DigaDo View Post

You should audition the videotapes to determine their quality. Then decide what recording mode you want to use when transferring your material to the hard drive. That should help you determine how you might edit, divide and assemble the material in order to high-speed dub the material to DVDs.

During a ten month long project during 2007 I transferred around 5,200 titles to DVD from selected portions of my twenty year accumulation of videotapes. I used Panasonic DVD recorders. Once up to speed I had up to seven Panasonic recorders running up to eighteen hours per day, six days a week. My home-recorded archive now has more than 13,000 DVDs.

Amazing! eek.gif I thought what I had done in the past week or so was impressive, but I guess not.
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Originally Posted by DoctorM View Post

@Jpowers - When I'm trying to preserve my VHS tapes, I record on the HQ speed, use the Edit menu to divide into 1 hour chunks, burn and then reassemble (and clean up) on my PC before reburning.
That way there is minimal quality lost, and I can inverse telecine and clean/sharpen/enhance. The final DVDs usually look better than the original VHS.

Of course if you were using extended play on your VHS tapes, it probably won't matter as much.

Really? If this dividing is possible on the Magnavox, that would solve my problem. What recorder are you using?
post #23995 of 25409
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Originally Posted by xlr8r View Post


Thanks Joe K
The analog cable has "cable ready" 2-13 and a few above that which are rarely of interest. I should correct that the digital antenna tuner's output is composite video. I believe the Magnavox has a built in digital broadcast tuner anyway. TVGOS on the Toshiba has always been next to useless for me . I also have a Toshiba RXDS52 which doesn't have TVGOS and it's tuner/timer system is so much better and easier to use.

Assuming that the record rate settings on the Toshibas are for Mbs,, I usually record to the HDD at 4.6Mbs which they call SP and that fits about 2 hours on a DVD when transferred. Would I have the option to record at about that same rate on the Magnavox and could I expect about the same quality?

I'm sorry but I was unable to locate a table of bit rates. If you want to do the math:

 

My 515H, 500GB HDD, holds 104 hours at HQ, 207 hours at SP, 260 hours at SPP, 312 hours at LP, 420 hours at EP and 630 hours at SLP. Numbers above HQ are estimates since I only use HQ and I understand that SP looks the same and is the standard when making a 2 hour DVD recording from HDD. I haven't used my DVD drive in a long time.

 

Since all your recording is analog, space should not be an issue. Tip: the Mag will record dead air which is nice if used to record music. Also, I never record analog, only clear QAM. The tuner does have some quirks but works with PSIP. It does not seem to work with SCTE-127.

 

Also note that should you try recording directly to DVD, and the parameters are wrong (it won't fit) the Mag will record the title to the HDD without notification.

 

You have little to lose by getting a unit from Walmart since 1) they will ship it free right now and 2) they have great return policy.

post #23996 of 25409
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

I'm sorry but I was unable to locate a table of bit rates. If you want to do the math:

My 515H, 500GB HDD, holds 104 hours at HQ, 207 hours at SP, 260 hours at SPP, 312 hours at LP, 420 hours at EP and 630 hours at SLP. Numbers above HQ are estimates since I only use HQ and I understand that SP looks the same and is the standard when making a 2 hour DVD recording from HDD. I haven't used my DVD drive in a long time.

Since all your recording is analog, space should not be an issue. Tip: the Mag will record dead air which is nice if used to record music. Also, I never record analog, only clear QAM. The tuner does have some quirks but works with PSIP. It does not seem to work with SCTE-127.

Also note that should you try recording directly to DVD, and the parameters are wrong (it won't fit) the Mag will record the title to the HDD without notification.

You have little to lose by getting a unit from Walmart since 1) they will ship it free right now and 2) they have great return policy.

Thanks again Joe.

I think I will do the Walmart thing, if nothing else it's an opportunity to check out a 537 and the price is very good if it's worth keeping.

The Mags has only one set of inputs and that may be the biggest problem for me. I have the Toshiba set up using all 3 of it's inputs. Gonna need a workaround. Best I can tell from skimming thru in this thread and others, SP mode on the Mags must be in the 4-5Mbs range. That would match with the 4.6 assigned to the Toshiba's SP mode. I am curious to see how good a job the Mag does at that rate. If it does OK for me at SP and I have 1TB of storage, it'll only be rare occasions that I burn anything to DVD anyway. Most things will sit on the hard disk for a while, and eventually get deleted.
post #23997 of 25409
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Originally Posted by xlr8r View Post


Thanks again Joe.

I think I will do the Walmart thing, if nothing else it's an opportunity to check out a 537 and the price is very good if it's worth keeping.

The Mags has only one set of inputs and that may be the biggest problem for me. I have the Toshiba set up using all 3 of it's inputs. Gonna need a workaround. Best I can tell from skimming thru in this thread and others, SP mode on the Mags must be in the 4-5Mbs range. That would match with the 4.6 assigned to the Toshiba's SP mode. I am curious to see how good a job the Mag does at that rate. If it does OK for me at SP and I have 1TB of storage, it'll only be rare occasions that I burn anything to DVD anyway. Most things will sit on the hard disk for a while, and eventually get deleted.

A good move. If the title list could be sorted by name it would be nice, but you do get 999 titles. Most important will be how it reacts to your cable feed. Another variable is the ability to get an automatic clock. I must stay manual due to some bad data on my Fox channel. If the clock drift is an issue there are ways to help that. If nothing else, this thread is full of people who like to help. I like the Mag a lot, yet there are two wish lists that will probably never get granted. I strongly suggest a small UPS. This box doesn't like power failures. Good Luck.

post #23998 of 25409
xlr8r,

"The Mags has only one set of inputs and that may be the biggest problem for me."

Here are front and rear connections:



Edited by DigaDo - 7/10/13 at 8:16am
post #23999 of 25409
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Originally Posted by JPowers View Post

Thank you, I'm probably going to need to do more editing, which I was hoping to to on the PC later.
Amazing! eek.gif I thought what I had done in the past week or so was impressive, but I guess not.
Really? If this dividing is possible on the Magnavox, that would solve my problem. What recorder are you using?

If you're just doing a temp burn and then copying it to a PC, it's of course a good idea to get some RW discs.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12298466
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New V513 recording craziness.
V513 refurb purchased March 2012 from J&R via Amazon for $169.99 delivered.

Happens with both DVD-RW & DVD+RW media.
3 times for sure, maybe 4 times in past week, but never before, using at least 3 different discs.
Record an hour program to HD in SP.
Edit out commercials, carefully losing 0 program frames, allowing de minimus commercial frames to remain.
HS dub to RW DVD, along with two others, either from title menu, or from dub menu, nearly filling disc. Most recent disc failure was both first and middle dub, all made from title menu. I don't remember whether previous failures were #1s, #2s or #3s, but none failed on two of the three as did most recent.
If -RW, finalize.

LG player plays disc normally. In 4 units from $SUBJECT and 1 Pioneer player, following last commercial removal point, picture resumes without sound, until after unspecified interval, after which sound spontaneously resumes. Skipping directly to last chapter produces same failure. Pausing playback post-removal point then resuming always resumes to include sound, as does reverse play and resume, as long as reverse does not reach removal point prior to resuming play. The most recent, a +RW disc, Pioneer capable of R&W to +RW insists disc is unplayable.

Next step: try a cleaning disc in the V513 creating these failing discs before dubbing again.
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