Registered: Jan 2001
Location: Rockwall, TX USA
My way involves a lot more work and is more expensive, but it's for a couple of good reasons. The way that Steve does it is a LOT easier, but if something goes wrong with the DVD he's made it's adios recording.
Simplified, I transfer video to computer, edit with software and then burn to DVD. The advantage to this is that I can still have the original files on hard-drive to quickly burn to DVD again if the first one gets messed up. And, if/when HD-DVD burning is available I should be able to use the original DV data to burn to that without the conversion loss that would probably happen going from MPEG2 to whatever new format is needed.
But, like I said, it's more expensive. Not to mention much more time consuming and takes up scads of hard-drive space to preserve the DV streams I've captured (9 minutes of DV = 2GB of disk space). But since I've made the original investment, and since hard-drive space gets cheaper all the time, I'm glad I'm doing what I'm doing. (In a few years these DV files will seem relatively small compared to the hard-drive space that'll be available.)
Here are the more detailed steps of what I do.
1) I use a Canopus ADVC-100 to get the signal from TiVo to Firewire.
2) That connects to a firewire card in an old laptop computer that I added RAM and hard-drive space to (Celeron 300, 192MB RAM, 30GB hard-drive).
3) I use Scenalyzer to control the capturing process. That's stored on the hard-drive in a high quality .AVI format. (Very easy.)
4) I transfer that via a network connection to one of my main computer's drives (actually it's two 200GB drives set up as a 400GB array). (Easy. Just copying files. Very very large files.)
5) I use Sonic Foundry's Video Factory to edit together the snippets and/or parts of what I've captured into a single file. (Can be a bit time consuming, depending on how exacting you want the edits to be.)
6) I use Ulead's DVD Factory to prepare for burning to DVD and doing the actual burning on a Pioneer A04 DVD-R/RW burner. (Semi-easy, though burning takes some time (I've got a 2X DVD burner).)
Also, it should be noted that I've given up on the idea of backing up to tape, and built another array (a JBOD array made up of various leftover large hard-drives in) on a different computer to robocopy my main computer's data to. That way my data is at least on different drives in case there's a single failure. This won't protect me if a worm or virus gets loose and starts deleting everything everywhere (which can happen even with a good antivirus program), but I keep my "backup" turned off except when backing up so at least there's less off a window of opportunity for that. (Now if a tornado or lightening hits - Yikes!)
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