Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Brockton, MA
I really hate “Save to VCR”
This forum has well documented one of the real weaknesses of the TiVo software…the lack of batch play. I find this shortcoming to be very irritating and question why the TiVo folks keep ignoring customer appeals to fix it.
I am fortunate to have a Panasonic E80H and this device automatically batch plays stored programs, so I do not buy that this would be that hard to implement in DirecTiVo. That said, I’ve been looking into ways to ease the pain a bit. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
This technique has been tested and works just fine.
My workaround is to use the Timer recording feature of the E80H. As it happens we often record HBO stuff to the DirecTiVo that is usually repeated at odd hours over the next week or so. So I just set up a timed, fixed recording on the DVD recorder such as a repeat of ‘Six Feet Under’ playing at a specific time and date. Of course you can just use the DirecTiVo guide to reach out to any future item you wish to record and determine the required recording time. I have it set to turn on and record “2001, A Space Odyssey” running from 6:30AM to 9:00AM on June 30. Again, the critical requirement for this to succeed is the DirecTiVo must be set to that channel for the duration of that showing.
The channel pick in the case of the E80H is actually the line that I have wired the s-video pass through from DirecTiVo to the E80H. In our case it is always L1. We do not use an OTA antenna with the E80H. The only channel picks on the device are L1, L2, L3 and 03. L2 is a PC, L3 is a combo VCR/DVD player and 03 is the fixed OTA RF input that we do not use.
Before going to bed I just set the DirecTiVo to channel 501 and shut the TV off. Since the DirecTiVo is never off, the E80H dutifully turned itself on, captured the “live” stream and then shut itself off. Voila! No more fooling around with “Save to VCR” to get at least some of the stuff I want stored on the E80H HD and then to DVD-R if I decide to keep the show permanently.
This is a real time saver.
Multiple timed recordings can be programmed to do this so long as they are played on the same DirecTiVo channel. If someone were to stumble out of bed, fire up this TV and change the DirecTiVo channel; then, of course we’ll end up capturing the wrong stuff.
The same process applies for “Live” TV viewing as well. For those programs we know we are going to watch, I set the timed recording for the E80H in advance for that DirecTiVo show so I will not forget to power up the E80H and/or forget to start the recording process manually.
We’ll continue to record most of the same programs to the DirecTiVo as well, so the “Save to VCR” feature is still a fall back method of capturing stuff for DVD archiving. With practice, I suspect we’ll simply capture lots of shows to the E80H without using up DirecTiVo disk space.
I’m having no regrets about my E80H purchase. Especially, since I bagged an open box at Sears for less than $300 two weeks ago. It is a terrific enhancement to the whole DirecTiVo experience.
I would like to thank Jim Spencer for mentioning this method of recording to a standalone DVD recorder.
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