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Old November 27th, 2005, 09:54 PM   #1
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Recording DV and HDV on D-VHS?

Has anyone been successful at re-recording DV or HDV footage on a D-VHS VCR? D-VHS uses M-PEG2 encoding with 25 mbps, the same as both DV and HDV. They all use FireWire, but are their output signals compatible? On JVC's website, they say that one use of the FireWire ports on a D-VHS deck is for DV camcorders. Somehow, I have a hunch D-VHS might accept a DV input, but not one from HDV. I'm trying to justify spending money for a D-VHS deck for recording and saving high-definition TV programs and if I could dump my DV/HDV footage onto it, that would be a big bonus.
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Old November 28th, 2005, 12:43 PM   #2
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you can do it with some limitation.
the D-VHS accept only mpeg2-ts from the HD1/10.
Sony products or others brand will not work.
the trick is to to go from the camera to the PC and from the PC to the D-VHS.
Then you can reencode any HD signal to fit the specs for the D-VHS.
The supplemental step means to create two versions of your movies, one for the camera and one for the D-VHS but depending what you are looking for, that could be a little annoyance only.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 02:07 PM   #3
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I'm trying to justify spending money for a D-VHS deck for recording and saving high-definition TV programs and if I could dump my DV/HDV footage onto it, that would be a big bonus.
The format is on the way out, will be replaced by Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, or even HDD recording.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 05:54 PM   #4
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Steve - I looked at that idea (DV into a D-VHS recorder) a while back, and at that time, although it could be done, it was automatically compressed into MPEG-2 and stored at a significantly lower quality than the original DV. I gave up on the idea at that time. By the way, I believe that D-VHS records at 28.8 Mbs, slightly greater than 25 Mbs DV. I agree with Petr, probably better to wait for HD-DVD recorders and to hope that they give us a DV input that will record full-quality DV without further compression. Mark
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