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The end result of copying a friend's ten-year-old wedding video to DVD-R was quite impressive. Of course any die-hard video zealot will tell you that their simply is no way that a copy can be "better" than the actual source. But the truth of the matter is quite a paradox; the DVD-R IS definitely more pleasing to the eye than the original VHS tape.


In fact, my friend was so pleased with the results, he requested a VHS copy for his parents. This was when I discovered a startling revelation about the E-20:


While proofing the VHS copy, which I recorderd from the DVD-R, I noticed during certain scenes that the picture began breaking up into "digital blocks" . I marked down the problem scenes and checked the original DVD-R; the problem was present at the same scenes. I assumed I simply missed these enigmas the first time I scanned through the original, and figured it was another batch of bad DVD-R blanks. The blanks were from Meritline, but I never had a problem with them before now. After ruminating for a minute or two, I threw the original DVD-R into my Daewoo 3000 and--to my surprise--the disc played all the way through without any problems. I inserted the same disc into the RP-91 and it also played perfectly well.


I decided to burn another original on the E-20 using a Vivistar blank, and the problem did not show up during playback. I'm drawn to the conclusion that the E-20 is quirky during playback with certain brands of discs even though it recorded them properly. Weird!
 

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I'd say its the media. Recordings I've made on cheap media(meritline, cdrecordablie, dvdpro, etc) have these type of issues. Playback in most players are fine but put it in a PC to make an ISO image to archive and you'll see all kinds of errors, a lot of them uncorrectable. I NEVER have this problem with quality name brand media (ie. memorex or apple).
 
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