Hey guys I am looking into buying a stand-alone dvd recorder and I was wondering how I could hook that up to my PC to record things off of my PC. I do not want to buy a computer dvd burner. Is there a way to use a stand-alone one?
To get the video out of the computer and into the set top box you'll need a video card that has a video out, either composite video or s-video. They're cheap but a pc burner might be cheaper unless your pc currently has video and audio out jacks.
Using an outside stand-alone as a burner means outputting everything as analog and then having the burner re-digitize it. It probably can be done, but why? The video quality would be seriously compromised, and the speed would probably be real SLOW.
Really good burners for your computer (e.g. Pioneer) are only about $75 for the internal mount. They can burn a full 4.4 gb disk is a little over six minutes (8x).
Much less money for much better results and MUCH less hassle.
Hmmm....I know Panasonic won't let you do it but I thought there were some stand alone DVD recorders that have a DV-IN port that would accept exported firewire video from a PC. Maybe I am wrong about that?
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