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Wannabe Geek

# 18635 17-Jan-2008 13:24
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I have recently switched to SKYTV from Telstra Clear TV. I have notcied since the switch that when I record through my DVD recorder that the picture is noticably degraded. Here is my setup:

DVD Recorder: Panasonic 1080p with HDMI, Component, S Video, AVI and SCART connections
TV: Panasonic Plasma with HDMI, Component, S Video & AV Plugs
SKY Decoder: Motorola with SCART and AVI plugs only

SKYTV is connected to the DVD Recorder via AV plugs
DVD Recorder is connected to TV via HDMI and Component

The setup has Sky going directly to the DVD recorder which records the picture and there is a noticable degrade in the picture. The connection between the TV and DVD recorder is via HDMI and component and the picture that I get there is very good, certainly nowhere near as bad as what gets recorded on AV, but I guess that this is the HDMI doing its thing(?).

I have tried connecting SKYTV directly to the TV and the picture is good, but I couldn't get it to record to the dvd - I tried a number of different connections and the recording only got predominatnly worse if I did get it working.

The current setup that I have makes for the best recording image, and it really isn't that good - looks like a conversion gone wrong. I connected the component cable up and the image is good, but wasn't able to get it to record.

The issue appears to be between the sky decoder and the dvd recorder. Is AVI the best way to connect these two or is SCART better?

I do a bit of recording frm SKY (mostly rugby) that I like to keep, but the picture quality is really poor and I need to figure out how to improve it. Any help will be much appreciated, have tried everything that I can think off - I can normally figure these things out which is why I am thinking that it might be hardware related.

Look forward to some help! (I hope)


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  # 105418 17-Jan-2008 18:01
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Connect a scart from the TV socket on the sky box to the dvvd recorder. Thats assuming the recorder will do RGB which most will do.  


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  # 105541 18-Jan-2008 15:43
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how did you used to have it setup?


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Wannabe Geek

  # 105672 19-Jan-2008 13:04
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I had the exact same setup only it was a telstra clear box as opposed to a sky box. I have further investigated this issue as it was annoying me a lot. I have found that it isn't the sky decoder. I took the dvd recorder out and put it into another home theatre system and the same thing happened - crap recording image. The receive signal was fine, but when it copied to the HDD the image turned to crap.

So the issue is with the DVD recorder - something in it is stuffed which means I'll be taking it back to the shop - thank god I took the three year extended warranty as I have had it for a year now so it would have been out of warranty.

Can't believe my luck really - this is the second model of the Panasonic dvd recorder that I have bought that has crapped out - last time it with the device that recorded to dvd's which made the thing next to useless for me. I had done heaps of reading about DVD recorders before buying one and both times from the info that I was getting it was saying that the Panasonic's were near the best of the range - I am two for two in Panasonic DVD recorders that full to pieces after a year! I did read with the previous model that I had was known to crap out after a year but the issues were fixed with this one - not so for me, or at least I have found something knew or I am just having really rotten luck!

Sorry to waste everyone's time, should of finished my testing before posting!

Anywone know a reliable DVD recorder to buy tha is available in NZ that doesn't crap when used a lot?!?

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  # 105675 19-Jan-2008 13:33
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Someone hasnt dropped the record quality to the 12 hours per disc mode have they? That looked dire when I saw it on a standalone recorder - made my dodgey VCDs look awesome in comparison.

Ive seen some pretty shocking dvds used for instore demonstrations as well so Im guessing it doesnt bother some people.


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