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basil

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#7225 29-Mar-2006 20:16
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I want to be able to achieve the following:

1. Get recorded programmes off MySky and onto DvD for viewing in other rooms.

2. get recorded programmes onto my laptop (yet to be purchased) for mobile viewing.

 

One solution for both could be to get a good USB tv tuner device and plug a  MySky output into the connections on the USB device and record to the laptop for:

1. Later viewing on the laptop

2. burning some of the programmes onto DVD for viewing on TV  via ‘newer’ DVD player.

 

Would I be right in assuming that to get content off Mysky (onto another recording device) would require selecting the programmes and playing (but to the recording device rather than TV). If this is correct, then I assume that you would not be able to watch anything else while the recording is being done? (I would do it overnight).

Any comments would be appreciated


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JohnPorter
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#31744 30-Mar-2006 03:10
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You are correct - you hit record on the other device and play on MySky, and wait. If you do anything else, like look at the planner or EPG, that gets recorded instead of the program.

I transfer them in this way to my dvd video recorder.

Jama
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#31748 30-Mar-2006 08:08
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Thats clunky, very retro and one of the reasons why I don't have one

 
 
 
 


manaia
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#31750 30-Mar-2006 08:22
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basil:

One solution for both could be to get a good USB tv tuner device and plug a MySky output into the connections on the USB device and record to the laptop for:

1. Later viewing on the laptop

2. burning some of the programmes onto DVD for viewing on TV via ‘newer’ DVD player.

I would stay away from transferring information via RF (i.e. using a tuner) as this introduces noise. I would connect to the MY SKY VCR SCART (because it does not output some messages and has a fixed volume) and use a high-quality AV format like component or S-Video.

Would I be right in assuming that to get content off Mysky (onto another recording device) would require selecting the programmes and playing (but to the recording device rather than TV). If this is correct, then I assume that you would not be able to watch anything else while the recording is being done? (I would do it overnight).

There is a playlist function available in the Planner. You can mark a set of programmes for playout and it will play them sequentially. You're right in thinking that this will not allow you to do anything else on the box. MY SKY has only one decoder so pressing any key during playlist playout will cancel the playout.

basil

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#31769 30-Mar-2006 11:24
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thanks for the input. The usb 'tuner' has av inputs (which I would use) as well as the rf input. The only other issue will be whether the recording software can be instructed to stop after the MySky playlist has finished (so I do not record lots of nothing and take up disk space unnecessarily).

The USB tuner/device I am looking at records in mpeg2 - is likley to be replayable on conventional DVD players? - or will I need to convert to another format before burning to DVD?

JohnPorter
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#31770 30-Mar-2006 12:12
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If you can't tell the recording to stop, maybe you can edit the program afterwards. My HDD/DVD recorder supports this. It records in mpg2, and is playable on other machines if you choose the right options.

You may need to finalise the DVD to make it playable elsewhere. Even though I have DVD drives eg on my computer that theoretically accept DVD-R, they do not recognise the disc format unless I finalise. Can't even see the files in Windows Explorer. Kind of a bummer for me as the only other format I have is DVD-RAM, which doesn't support finalising. And my computer doesn't support that! It would pay to try it beforehand, IMO. I have heard that some DVD RW formats support finalising.

I presume you have considered and rejected the option of a dedicated HDD / DVD recorder box to make the DVDs?

basil

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#31771 30-Mar-2006 12:27
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A hdd dvd recorder was another option that was less preferrable (rather put the money into better laptop with the right type of DVD burner) - but it may work out better having HDD DVD - that way the kids can burn their own disksfor watching in other rooms - without the need to use my machine (or getting me to do the burning for them.....). I will get MySky installed and defer decision on outputting hardware untill understand the pro's and cons of the various options.

Your input is appreciated.

JaBZ
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#32330 5-Apr-2006 16:09
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or TiVo (nzTiVo) with MFSFTP which allows extract, archive, restore & transfer recordings brilliant :)





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