DVD recorder; Computer versus stand-alone

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Richard, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. Richard

    Richard Guest

    A stand alone Panasonic now costs about $300.
    A computer build around one would cost about $500.
    -Box with decent motherboard and vid card and DVD recorder.

    What is the downside to either? Say my goal is to record analog
    and digital signals from cable or a digital box. Do both types
    of units have the required inputs to accomplish this?
    Is there a video card that could be used in conjunction with a hard
    drive to record incoming analog or digital signals?
    Are there any copy provisions on television signals that would make
    it hard or impossible to record?

    I do not need to copy DVDs, only television signals.
    Richard, Jan 12, 2004
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  2. Richard

    luminos Guest

    The standalone will have the inputs and also the tuner. In addition, the
    Panasonic has special algorithms for
    handling noisy NTSC source signals and producing superior results to PC
    video cards.

    Yes... see ATI. I recommend the stand alone for your purpose. An advantage
    is that you get time slipping (pause and continue, like Tivo)
    using DVD-RAM.

    That depends. Some cable broadcasts of pay per view are reported to have
    copy protection codes transmitted, although I haven't come across this yet.
    luminos, Jan 12, 2004
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