Hi Nitrofan, I have several ILO HD04 which are half-size Liteon 5045 clones with less features but work exactly the same, (tuner, recording, input, output etc…).
If the 5045’s firmware is up-to-date then the sync problem is corrected, the sync issue was at the very early stage of its release. To verify what firmware version you have, press setup and the white white sequence S/N number will look like xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx (xxx-xxxx). The first 2 set of 4 digits identify the motherboard and region, can’t remember which one’s first, the 3rd set is the system firmware, the fourth set is the drive firmware. So if the 3rd set is 0197 or higher, the sync issue is corrected. If lower, you definitely want to update the firmware.
I’m a F1 fan also, but I don’t archive any of it. To be able to transfer one race on one dvd, you would need to record at the LP mode (3 hrs) which would be at the lowest DVD quality setting, 4 hrs and beyond, more like VCR quality to put it simply.
Recording HD feed, the Liteon 5045, like all current regular recorders, will convert it down and record it at 480i only, that’s its maximum. There are some HD recorders for consumers (Japan mostly, $2,000+, yikes !!!) but a lot of manufacturors are still in the prototype mode and now that the HD format war is over, , the manufacturors can focus on their product line. I suspect it will be a while before we see anything affordable in a HD recorder.
Cheaper and better than the 5045, doubt it, but that’s only my opinion. The Philips 3575 160 GB is a upscalling recorder (up to 1080p) $300-$350 range and it has the ATSC tuner incorporated fi you’re located in the U.S. this might be of interest to you.
Here’s a link of tooled firmware for the 5045 that might be of interest to you.
Start your engines !!! 5 red, 1 green, GO!!!