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Go-Video DVD duplicator
Topic by: kohnfused1
Posted: June 15, 2004 - 11:32 AM PDT
Last Reply: December 17, 2004 - 1:43 PM PST

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author topic: Go-Video DVD duplicator
Catullus
post #21  on June 16, 2004 - 1:51 PM PDT  
> On June 16, 2004 - 1:25 PM PDT hamano wrote:
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> > On June 16, 2004 - 1:17 PM PDT Catullus wrote:
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> > I don't really understand this thread, home theater dvd recorders are pretty expensive, and considering I could build a dvd recording computer for about $600 it doesn't really make sense financially either.
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> They're dropping to about $200 to $250 now. I saw one at Radio Shack for about $260 or $280 or something, so by Xmas there should be DVD recorders from Chinese brands for $200.
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> I think most consumers use these to archive their old home-movie VHS tapes, and to archive TV shows digitally (like TiVo or Replay, although those record to a hard disk not DVD-R). If I ever buy one, the primary purpose would be to archive analog videos I taped of my kids. It's too much trouble to hook up my VHS player to my computer with a digitizer link....
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> You know, what I really want to see for Xmas is a DVD player that plays .avi files off CD-Rs and DVD-Rs! That way I can watch my fansubs on my TV... The video quality would probably drop, but hey, I can lounge on my couch!
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Actually you can do that with a couple special dvd players now (play mpeg 4 off of discs, ie divx and xvid)

Also this is possible with modchipped ps2' and Xbox's, ive seen rurouni kenshin xvids on a modded ps2 looked flawless.

So yeah if you want I can look around a bit online for a dvd player that plays xvids if you would like.

I don't have anything that plays those as of yet because im waiting on one that plays .ogm and .mkv as well as xvid and divx :P
kamapuaa
post #22  on June 16, 2004 - 6:59 PM PDT  
> You know, what I really want to see for Xmas is a DVD player that plays .avi files off CD-Rs and DVD-Rs! That way I can watch my fansubs on my TV... The video quality would probably drop, but hey, I can lounge on my couch!

I saw these being sold when I took a trip to France last year - I'm sure they're available off EBay or maybe a VCD shop?

It's a bit nerdy (although, so is talking on Internet message boards!), and it depends how you have your living room set up, but it's not all that expensive or difficult to get the cables (and possibly a cheap video card) to hook your computer output up to your TV, and if you watch Internet video it's probably worth it. I have that set up, and it works very well, I can provide more details if wanted.

Alternatively, I believe Dell is selling a DVD player, which can also play media streamed from a computer over an 802.11g or Ethernet connection. I don't know much about it. A friend of mine modified his X-Box to do that same thing, although it took a bit of work - google "X Box Media Center" if interested.
hamano
post #23  on June 16, 2004 - 7:57 PM PDT  
> On June 16, 2004 - 6:59 PM PDT kamapuaa wrote:
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> It's a bit nerdy (although, so is talking on Internet message boards!), and it depends how you have your living room set up, but it's not all that expensive or difficult to get the cables (and possibly a cheap video card) to hook your computer output up to your TV, and if you watch Internet video it's probably worth it. I have that set up, and it works very well, I can provide more details if wanted.
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Thanks, kamapuaa, but I use a Mac which is already preconfigured to output a component video (as well as stereo audio) signal to a television. But I'd have to stretch a really long cable across my family room to do it... One of these days I'll try it out.

Before I get around to it, though, I'm betting that a $100 DVD player will come out that plays .avi files. Look how long it took for mp3 and jpeg capabilities to become ubiquitous!
ivygirl
post #24  on June 19, 2004 - 12:12 PM PDT  
I still love the BETA! I bought a stand alone DVD recorded for the sole purpose of hooking up the old BETA machine. I took all my baby pictures and first home movies and put them on DVD! Then, when I got really bored, I took those DVDs, put them on the computer, edited them and put in menus and transitions and text and all kind of fun stuff. I then burned them and gave them away as Mother's Day/Father's Day presents.

Now for all the techie people, yes it would have been cheaper to just get a video capture card and skip the stand alone DVD recorded, but my friends and family use it too and love that they can just pop in the VHS tape they just filmed at 10 AM of the new baby of the family and have it on DVD at the post office by 3 PM for the rest of the family.

You can get one at Best Buy for like $400, with a VHS built it, and it's so easy to use, as in my grandparents come over to use it. It's great for anyone looking to get their home movies to DVD quickly and easily. You can even edit them later if you are that ambitious. Plus, you make lots of people happy with DVD's of stuff they haven't seen in years or have access to, but are too afraid of destroying the only copy they have with a VCR that tends to "freak out" and eat tapes every once in a while.
NLee
post #25  on June 20, 2004 - 3:21 PM PDT  
> On June 16, 2004 - 1:25 PM PDT hamano wrote:
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> You know, what I really want to see for Xmas is a DVD player that plays .avi files off CD-Rs and DVD-Rs! That way I can watch my fansubs on my TV... The video quality would probably drop, but hey, I can lounge on my couch!
> ---------------------------------

Look no further. You can buy the Philips DVP642 DVD player from Amazon or Walmart for $70 rigt now. It plays DVD (duh), VCD, DivX, MPEG4, everything! I know it's true because I just got one a few weeks ago.

It can play AVI files (actually in DivX 5.x format) and MPG files stored on CD-Rs. The picture quality looks just like that on my computer. The only drawback is the I don't have a way to display the subtitle if it is stored in a separate file. Neither can I select secondary soundtracks.
hamano
post #26  on December 17, 2004 - 1:43 PM PST  
> On June 20, 2004 - 3:21 PM PDT NLee wrote:
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> It can play AVI files (actually in DivX 5.x format) and MPG files stored on CD-Rs. The picture quality looks just like that on my computer. The only drawback is the I don't have a way to display the subtitle if it is stored in a separate file. Neither can I select secondary soundtracks.

Apparently the subtitle problem has been solved, according to the discussion here... you can make the player detect and play .srt subtitle files.

I just bought one of these players because I found out that it's really easy to hack it into All Region mode. But I'm watching fansubs right now and the image looks really nice! Some people have reported a problem with hard subs being cut off (the image is a bit cut off on all sides) but so far the files I've looked at keep the subs just above the bottom edge. Maybe fansubbers realize that more people have these players and are positioning the subs to compensate.
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