I just purchased a new DVD recorder and would like to use a DVD-RW disk in the same manner I have used video tapes to record TV programs for many years. I typically record a program, watch it once and then over write it so that I can use the recording media again. The difference that I see in using a DVD-RW disk as compared to a video tape is that whatever I record is goes on to a track. If I record a 2 hour program span in SLP mode (6 hours), I create a 2 hour track. If I want to re-use the same disk by overwriting and record a 3 hour program span the next time around, the machine will only record 2 hours of the 3 hour program. Is there any way to “erase” the initial tracks on a disk before re-using it without eliminating the capability of the disk to RW?
I have also noticed that the only time my recorder allows timer recording is with a brand new disk. If there are tracks already present on the disk, I have to manually start the overwriting at the time a program starts. Is there any way to use timer programing on a disk with pre-existing tracks?
Do variously priced DVD Recorders have more capabilities as the price goes up, or do they all basically work the same way?
Comments will be appreciated.