On the downloading front I have been pleasantly suprised to find that around an hour of unedited TV has transferred across in about 33 minutes! Other thing I find is that as soon as I highlight one episode in Altair (even though I might want to download 3-4) the transfer from Toppy to PC initiates and then I have to manually come back when finished and do the next one required, is there a way of doing a big batch of programmes?
You should be able to single click files to highlight them without initiating the transfer. Hold Ctrl while single clicking to select multiples. When done start the transfer off.
I've had Video Redo up and running, have found it relatively easy to navigate around etc. The only issue (if you can call it that) is that when I save the project and then burn it using the PC's software (Roxio RecordNow) it is burnt on a DVD -R but it is only playable on the PC that created it i.e. our Toshiba DVD player won't play it nor will the PS2. I realise that it has to do with the file formatting, it has burnt as a MPEG4 I believe, what should I hit in Video Redo's options when saving to allow a widely compatible file type? I get a message that comes up prior to the DVD being burnt saying that basically it will be burnt in a file format that may not be recognised by other computers etc and do I want to proceed? Otherwise I am quite impressed with Video Redo and might just take up a paid subscription to it!
Just one more query, I went out and bought a spindle of 25 TDK Gold DVD-R at Big 'W' for around $18, I bought these in preference to cheaper "printable" media from other manufacturers because I thought it worth sacrificing the printability for better archiving, was this misguided?
I'm not familiar with Roxio, but is it just burning the MPEG or is it creating a "proper" DVD with vob files on it? Pop the disk in the PC and have a look at the file structure. If you can see .mpg files then you haven't made a Video DVD, you've instead made a data DVD with mpeg files on it. Some (usually the cheaper ones) DVD players may still be able to read the disk in that format, but most won't. To create a true Video DVD your software needs to create a menu and reformat the files into vobs which is the format DVD video uses. Roxio is probably able to do this, but making a video dvd is a different thing to burning files to a dvd - see what options you have.
There is a version of VideoReDo that includes DVD mastering and burning capability that will take care of all this for you - it may be worth using that to burn the disk. (As a side note - VideoReDo will also downconvert HD streams into a format that can be burnt and played on DVD. Even though you only have an SD recorder, you can in fact record HD services - you just can't play them back. You can transfer them to PC and watch them, or use VideoReDo to create a DVD of them (it does take a while for the conversion). This means on the odd occasion there is something that you must see that is only available on HD you can still in fact record and watch it.)
Also, DVD-R is not as compatible in general as DVD+R is - I only ever use +R myself for this reason. If the disk is a true video DVD you may want to check that. I also stick to TDK or Sony disks and avoid the generics. The price differential is not that great.