Wednesday, April 19, 2006
A DVD burner is a component that you add to your computer for recording video. These components can decode computer data and transfer it to a blank disk. For recording audio or video content, you have to transfer the content to the hard drive of the computer first,which can be done with Firewire, through the USB port, or with a video card. The files are then transferred to the DVD disk.
DVD recorders do not have this kind of computer compatibility. They can‚Äôt be hooked up to a computer, and they can‚Äôt read data, although it‚Äôs possible that certain types of software could facilitate this kind of connection, at least where video files are concerned. They‚Äôre only used for the recording of analog video. They can also be used to record content from a digital camcorder.
It isn‚Äôt possible to transfer content from videotape and DVD using a DVD recorder, because of anti-copy measures applied to commercial tapes and DVDs. This anti-copy signal prevents the transferal of content by consumers. You can copy personal videotapes, material from camcorders, personal laserdisks and other content that isn‚Äôt copy-protected. Most DVD recorders have built-in digital video connections so that you can easily transfer video to DVD. Most DVD recorders also have built-in tuners for recording TV content, and these components can be programmed to record shows automatically.
DVD recorders can easily be hooked up to a satellite or cable box. Look for the RF, AV or S-video connections when adding the recorder. Keep in mind that most DVD recorders don‚Äôt read progressive scan, and they‚Äôre not compatible with high definition television signals. Viewers with high definition satellite receivers will need to look for the box‚Äôs standard RF, AV, or S-video outputs when connecting the DVD recorder.
DVD recorders usually have varying recording times. For instance, you can record in periods of 1, 2, 4, and 6 hours. Recording periods vary from model to model. For a good recording that‚Äôs DVD-standard, you should record in 1- or 2-hour periods. A 4-hour period will give you a VHS-quality recording. Record any longer than that, and the results will not be good. Generally speaking, 1-2-hour recording times yield the best results.