< If whilst playing you press the display button twice you get a side menu and in one of the windows you get a search to time, this can be to a second if thatâ€™s what you want to do. >
Handy ... I'll have a look at that. I'd have to note the length of the programmes though, can't see me remembering that kind of thing when I get a disc off the shelf after a couple of years.
<The initialising of a disc is for rewritableâ€™s.>
Exclusively? Hmmmm. I was using RWs because I expected my first forays to produce only coasters, but assume that the type of disc you can create (video / video file on data) isn't dictated by the medium.
<I think if I understand you correctly that you want to record off air and then onto a DVD as avi's. I think you can only do Mpeg files this way!>
Yep. Doesn't matter about the container format (AVI, MPG, etc) nor the codec, just as long as I can get a file rather than a video disc at the end. Up until now I've been making video discs and then ripping them on the PC, which is a fairly long-winded procedure just to get something that was on telly last night as a video file.
<I agree, I thought that this machine would have this facility but given the compression algorithm this is probably not possible, but boy isn't the quality good.>
I expect you're right in that it's something to do with the compression of the codecs used, but they could at least give you the option of skipping to a definite (hell, even approxiamte!) time if they can't manage a visual search. If every cheapo media player on any OS can manage it then it shouldn't be a problem for a company that has the luxury of dictating not only the software on their device but also the hardware. Sorry LG, must try harder.
But yes, the quality is nothing short of stunning, partly thanks to the crummy resolution that is PAL. I'm running a 44" rear projection screen here and even titles that look a bit sketchy on the PC monitor (1600 x 1200) have a smooth, warm appearance on the telly. Very nice.
<Now as to recording 4 half hour programs to a DVD the LG has a crude menu and I believe that you can just set up the machine to record one program after another onto the DVD before finalising the disc so that it will play on any other player.>
Aha, this sounds like what I need. All my efforts to date (admittedly using RW discs) have not had the finalising step - it's just dubbed the programme to disc and then spat it out as if to say 'finished'.
<I would suggest that you "play" with the machine to see what is possible or not for your needs. I haven't done this myself yet and would be interested in any results that you find.>
Therein lies the crux of the matter, I need to spend some time fiddling with this thing and getting to know it better. How naiive of me just to expect to find the answer in the manual! Will have a dig around for the firmware stuff, I'm sure it's on here somewhere.
<As a matter of interest are you from across the pond or local.>
Plum local me, 5 minutes from Heathrow in West London. Going out on a limb here, but you're not Scottish by descent, are you?
All the best,