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DVD Recorder FAQs - Answers To Basic Questions About DVD Recorders

As DVD recorders become more popular and affordable, my email box is filled with many questions on what they are, how they work, and what they can be used for. In order to address the most common questions regarding DVD recorders, I am answering some general FAQs on the topic.

DVD Recorder FAQs - Answers To Basic Questions - Introduction Page
My email box is filled with many questions about DVD recorders - what they are, how they work, and what they can be used for. In order to address the most common questions regarding DVD recorders, I am answering some general FAQs on the topic.

What is a DVD Recorder and what is a DVD Burner?
Find out the difference (if any) between a DVD Recorder and a DVD Burner.

Can I copy VHS videos and DVDs on a DVD recorder?
Yes, you can copy VHS tapes to DVD and copy from one DVD to another using a DVD recorder - but not in all cases. Find out what you need to know.

Can I copy video from my Camcorder to a DVD Recorder?
DVD recorders can be used for recording from other sources besides an antenna, cable, or satellite. Find out how you can copy video from your camcorder to DVD.

Can DVD recorders connect to an Antenna, Cable, or Satellite Box?
Find out what you need to know about connecting a DVD recorder to an Antenna, Cable, or Satellite Box.

Can I Watch One TV Program While Recording Another With a DVD Recorder?
One question I get a lot is whether you can watch one TV program and record another at the same time when you have a DVD recorder in the mix. Find out what you need to know.

Can I make a copy of a DVD that I made from HBO or other Cable or Satellite...
One question I often get about DVD recorders is whether you can record programs from pay-tv services, such as HBO, or make a copy of something that was recorded to a DVR or VHS from a pay-tv service. Find out the answer.

Can I play my DVD recordings in other DVD players?
A common question that arises about DVD recorders is whether the DVD that you make can be played on other DVD recorders or players. Find out what you need to know.

Is there a DVD recorder that records in all formats?
There are several recordable DVD formats. Find out if there is a DVD recorder than can record in all of them.

How much time can I record on a DVD?
Find out how much video, in terms of time, that you can record on a DVD.

Can I create chapters and menus on the DVDs that I make using a DVD Recorder?
Find out if you can create chapters and menus on your DVD when using a DVD recorder.

How does DVD recorder video quality compare to a VCR or DVD player?
How does the video quality of a home recorded DVD stack up to a VHS tape or movie DVD? - read my answer for the details.

Can DVDs I record be played anywhere in the World?
You want to make a DVD for your friends overseas, but will they be able to play it on their DVD player? Find out the answer.

Are there DVD Recorder/VHS VCR or Hard Disk/DVD Recorder combos?
Find out the different configurations that DVD recorders come in.

Can a DVD recorder record Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS surround sound?
Making a DVD is more than just the video, the audio is important too, but can you record Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound, so that is sounds just as good as your commercially purchased DVD movies?

Can a DVD Recorder With No RF Input Record Off A Cable Directly From The Wall?
Some DVD recorders don't have RF inputs. Find out what you need to do to record TV programs from cable on this type of DVD recorder.

Can DVD recorders record audio-only DVDs?
Since DVDs have a lot more storage space than CDs, is it possible to make an audio-only DVD and also take advantage of that extra space? Find out what you need to know.

Can I record a DVD in Progressive Scan?
Most DVD players can play DVDs back in progressive scan mode, but you use a DVD recorder to make DVD that incorporates progressive scan. Find out the answer.

Can I record HDTV on a DVD recorder?
Now that HDTV is here, can I use a DVD recorder to record HDTV programs. Check out the answer.

What about blank DVD discs?
After you buy a DVD recorder, you need to buy blank DVDs to record on. However, different brands of blank DVDs are compatible with certain brand DVD recorders than others - read the details.

Are DVD recorders also good DVD players?
There are DVD players and DVD recorders. A DVD player can't record DVDs, but a DVD record can also play DVDs. However, does a DVD recorder have the same quality as a DVD player in playback mode? Find out the answer.

How do I hookup a DVD recorder to my TV or home theater system?
A DVD recorder is one more thing to connect to your home theater system. Check out some tips on how to do it.

Do DVD recorders also have region code lock, like DVD players?
Commercially made DVDs are often times region coded, so that they only play in their designated geographical areas, but what about DVDs that you make on a DVD recorder? Find out what you need to know.

Is it worth buying a DVD recorder now?
Find out if it is worth buying a DVD recorder for your home entertainment setup.

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