schuster and jm1647,
Here's how I solved my dilema..
Insert blank DVD into 5005, let it prepare, then set the source to AV-Rear. Set TV to Video 1 (DVR S-Video and RCA audio) and proceed to select a recording from the DVR list to dump to the 'VCR-Archive' RCA ports. These ports are only active when 'Copy to VCR' is selected from the DVR menu. These Copy to VCR RCA ports are connected to the RCA INs on the 5005. This allows archiving and watching TV at the same time. Rather cool.
Ok, back on track, next set TV to Video 2 (5005 S-Video and RCA audio), and keep pressing Source on the 5005 remote until it cycles back to AV-Rear again. This puts the 5005 in that 'ready to record' state too. Now, I press the start archive key on the DVR remote, wait 3 seconds, press Record on the 5005 remote, then wait another 20 seconds and hit record for the proper OTR I need. Works perfect everytime. I do lose maybe the first couple of seconds, but since it's usually an intro to the show being recorded, works out perfectly creating thumbnails that will suffice.
I would like to say, this 5005 kicks butt..
Latest firmware for my serial # is the 0080.
I used the ILO hacker to add the 3 Hr LP.
Works perfect, no jitter, no 'cabbage face', no problems at all.
End result DVD quality is great, can't complain.