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02-24-2010, 05:14 PM
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Which will net better final dvd?

For vhs to dvd the Panasonic set in FR mode to let's say 3 hours for a football game or 4 hr mode on a Samsung R-120 with the LSI chipset?

For dvr to dvd the same for let's say a 3 hr football game?

Is there any recordings you would use the FR for a 2 hr+ event over the preset 4 hr mode of a recorder with the LSI chipset?...if I asked that correctly.

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2-hour mode on a Panasonic will be noisy.
3-hour mode on a Panasonic will be VERY noisy / block -- entirely unviewable to many people

If the Samsung R120 does 352x480 for 3-hour mode, it should look very good.
If the Samsung does 720x480 for 3-hour mode, it will be noisy (pre-blocks/mosquito) to very noisy (blocks).

I would never put more than 4 hours on a DVD.
I would generally only use 3.5 to 4 hours mode for animation.
For live-action, right at 3-hour mode. For animation, good too. -- This is a superbit range.
For low-motion live-action or animation, 2-hour mode.
For most live action (especially homemade movies) XP mode. Again, superbit.
Did that answer you?

On some records, SP is the only good mode to use. I would use that mode for everything, if forced to use such a recorder. Of course, I'm not forced to use such a recorder.

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This R-120 has no 3 hr mode that I can tell, it has xp, sp, lp, ep, is there something I don't know or how do you hack it for a 3 hour mode, but if the 3 is more or less to the 4 hr mode do you need the 3, however most football games would fit on 3 hrs so it might be nice to have.
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It may not have a 3-hour mode. It's been years since I used one.

What I wrote in the previous post was just general information on what I would use, and when. When your machine has less options, you just need to work out a similar solution -- often by testing and seeing how the quality turns out.

You may be forced to use XP mode, and make 2-3 discs per game for "best quality" -- or pick one of the other modes, and just live with lesser quality.

Or use another machine.

That's really the extent of your options.

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Humm...The Samsung does have a timer flex recording mode, could set it for 3 hr that way, I assume it would be better than the 4 hr mode being that it does fill up the disk? Wouldn't this be true of all dvd recorders?
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Try a sample recording, see what resolution it records with, using Gspot.

All recorders are made different.

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