Quick DVD Recording Overview
A DVD recorder can be used to copy any homemade videos, such as camcorder videos and videos made from TV shows, and can also copy Laserdiscs, and other non-copygaurded video material.
However, just as you can't copy commercially made video tapes to another VCR due to Macrovision anti-copy encoding, the same applies to making copies to DVD. DVD recorders cannot bypass the anti-copy signal on commercial VHS tapes or DVDs. If a DVD recorder detects the anti-copy encoding on a commercial DVD it will not start the recording and display some sort of message either on screen or on its LED front panel display that it detects the anti-copy code or that it is detecting an unusable signal.
If you need more info about DVD recording, check out my DVD Recorder FAQs before continuing on with this review.
DVR-533H Product Overview
Additional Features Include:
1. Playback Format: DVD video/-R/-R DL/-RW, DVD+RW, CD/C-R/RW/MP3/WMA/JPEG, and VCD.
2. AV Inputs: 3 composite video/S-Video, 1 RF, and 1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire/iLink/DV) input, Stereo audio.
3. AV Outputs: 2 S-video, 2 component video, 2 composite video, 2 stereo, one optical Digital Audio output.
4. Progressive scan with 3:2 pulldown supported via component video outputs.
5. Dolby Digital and DTS pass through via the digital audio outputs.
6. TV Guide Channel listings/Programming system built-in - works with over-the-air and cable TV systems.
7. Real time dubbing from DVD to Hard Drive, High Speed Dubbing from Hard Drive To DVD of non-copyprotected material.
8. Chase Play (Simultaneous Recording and Playback) supported when recording in DVD-RW VR mode.
9. Disk Backup feature allows dubbing home made DVD back to hard drive to allow high speed dubbing to additional DVDs.
10. On-screen Disc and Hard Drive Nagivation and TV Guide listing and programming systems accessed via wireless remote control.
Setup - Hardware
A non-cable box cable TV connection was made to the RF input on the DVR-533H for the recording of television programming.
A Pansonic PV-GS35 mini-DV camcorder used to test DV-input recording functions.
Setup - DVD Software
Pre-recorded DVDs for additional playback tests included scenes from the following: Kill Bill - Vol1, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Chicago, Valley Of Gwangi, Underworld, Passionada, Moulin Rouge, ED Wood, and The Mummy, as well as video content on DVD-R and DVD+RW discs recorded on other DVD recorders.
For audio only, various CDs included: HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Nora Jones: Come Away With Me, Lisa Loeb: Firecracker, Blue Man Group The Complex, Telarc: 1812 Overture. DTS discs included: Queen: Night At The Opera/The Game, Eagles: Hotel California, Sheila Nicholls: Wake, Alan Parsons: On Air. Also included: The Corrs: In Blue (Dolby Digital). In addition, music content on CD-R/RWs were also used.
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