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Old June 5th, 2008, 04:06 PM   #1
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Recording television with FX1?

VCRs are dead and tivo is a hundred bucks (in my situation).
I have direct TV, and lets say I want to tape a show with my FX1. Is this possible? I tried, and couldn't get it to work at all. I would really like to record HD programs onto an HDV tape, but I can't even figure out how to do SD.

It seems like this should work, can't VCRs record tv, why can't my camera's VTR?
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Old June 5th, 2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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Page 74-76 of your manual. FW (camera to camera) or composite/s-video only from a TV or VCR or, presumably, cable/sat box.

I think the HD connection (component) on the FX1 is output-only. But make sure you have IN/OUT REC set correctly (p.60). Then you could try the component out of the DTV box to the component in of the FX1.
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Old June 5th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #3
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You can't record analog HD on the FX1 or Z1, only standard definition. The only way to record HDV (other than filming live) is via firewire.
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Old June 6th, 2008, 12:31 AM   #4
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Also keep in mind that downconverted to SD signals from HD feeds might have Macrovision, rendering recording useless on those signals unless you can take the raw MPEG-2.
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