Panasonic E55 & ram?

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  1. Brad Newton

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    When using this type of dvd for recording, do it basically work like a vhs tape - I mean if I record something today & then record something tomorrow, does it start the 2nd recording at the end of the 1st or does it record over top of the 1st recording?
     
  2. Phil Tomaskovic

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    Think of it like a hard drive (or large floppy). The recordings will be in sequence, but you can access them randomly. Nothing will be recorded over until you delete it.
     
  3. Brad Newton

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    Will it have to finalized before it can be played on other players? Can it be un-finalized[​IMG] to delete & reuse?
     
  4. ChuckSolo

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    I don't know about DVD-RAM, but DVD-/+ RW discs do not need to be finalized to play in players other than the recorder, however, DVD+R/-R discs do. I have played the DVD+RW discs I create on my Gateway DVDR on various players with no problems, as long as the player is capable of playing +RW/+R discs. When I first got the recorder, I finalized a +RW disc and then erased it and recorded on it again. I have never recorded over a disc unless I erased it first though. Erasing the disc takes only a few seconds on my Gateway. Recording is basically exactly like on a VCR as the recorder formats the blank disc as soon as the disc tray is closed.[​IMG]
     
  5. Bill Will

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    The nice thing also about DVD Recorders is that if you just happened to be scanning the channels & you see something you want to record you can just hit the record button & you never have to worry about recording over something because the recorder will automatically find the blank spaces on a disc to record on so no more Rewinding/Forwarding to find a spot to record on like a VCR. I find myself more & more watching TV through the recorder on my Panny E55 so if I get a phone call all I have to do push the record button & then answer the phone & after the phone call is over I can pick up where I answered the phone & the recorder keeps recording the rest of the program while I'm watching what it recorded before. As for DVD-RAM it does not have to be finalized to play on another DVD Player but the DVD Player must be able to play RAM Discs (Newer Panny's & only a few others will play them) DVD-R Discs MUST BE Finalized to play in other DVD Players. DVD-RAM discs can be erased & reused up to 100,000 times where the DVD-R's can only be recorded on Once but they can be erased on the Panny but any erasing you do on the DVD-R's you lose the time. Example: If you recorded 1 1/2 hours on a DVD-R at the 2 hour speed & you decided to erase a 1/2 hour program the 1 hour program would still be there but you would only have a 1/2 left of recording time on the disc because you do not get the time back that you erased. This info is based on just using the Panasonic for recording & etc & not using a computer for editing & etc. You can also think of them as a VCR with better Picture Quality & more usefull tricks but if you din't want to use any of the tricks you can use them Exactly like a VCR & they pretty much Hookup the same way that a VCR does & if you wanted to manually cut the commercials out it works the same way as a VCR does. On the Panny you press Pause before the commercial comes on & then you press pause again to start recording again when the program returns. Hope this helps you out & that I din't confuse you. [​IMG]
     
  6. Phil Tomaskovic

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    RAM discs have no concept of finalizing. You can just record and delete programs (or reformat the whole disc). With regard to other players, they have to support dvd-ram (only some brands do).
     

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