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Using FRec to record on DVD-which mode does it record in?

I just recorded 2 programs from cable onto a DVD. Each program was approximately 45 mins long. Instead of recording in SP (as I should have), I thought I would try the F(flexible) Record instead, for the first time.

After I got done recording, I named and finalized the disc. When I turned it over, it looks like less than half of the DVD was written to. I tried to find out which mode it was recorded in by playing it back but I couldn't figure out where to find that.

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    ChicagoPunky Feb 25, 2008

    Sorry - just to clarify - I pressed "pause" between the 1st and 2nd programs. To avoid confusion, I just should have written that I recorded a 90 minute program.



    I am also wondering if F Rec works better with scheduled (using the timer) recording rather than recording it live.

  • ChicagoPunky
    ChicagoPunky Feb 28, 2008

    Just to let you know, I finally figured it out by experimenting a lot. The FRec only seems to work with the timer or Scheduled recording. I don't know why I didn't think of that before because it does make sense as you are telling the DVD Recorder how much room you will need on the DVD.



    With non-programmed recording, it reverted to EP and not just the 6 hour EP I had set in Set-Up but an 8 hour EP.

  • ChicagoPunky
    ChicagoPunky Mar 23, 2008

    Thank you so much for all the explanations, xmarine2847!



    I think that I was on another input on the TV and that is why I did not see the message.

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You seem to have fixed your own problem. Yes, the Flexible recording function only works on scheduled recordings. However, you should be able to do direct recording with FR - but when you press the F.Rec button for a direct recording a notification should come up on-screen asking you the amount of time to record. This is on page 16 in the manual. If you started the recording without being on the correct input for the DVD recorder on the TV, you would not have seen this message and the unit would default to EP 6 or 8hr. (based on settings).
Obviously the FR swaps between bit-rates to fill the disc completely, so you would see the recording tracks had almost completely filled the disc when done.
Also, some older DVD players, even if the disc type is compatible and finalized, do not read VBR recorded DVDs - so that my be another issue.
Hope this helps.

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