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« on: December 06, 2005, 07:50:45 PM »

Thnx go to Austin on OO for posting this originally. I got my order in.

Its for Staples brand DVD - R and DVD + R 50 packs discs for $7.94. They are marked $12 then just use the coupon code they provide on the product's page to get another $5 off. Shipping was free for me and should be here tomorrow..woot.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2005, 07:56:20 PM »

One warning...when I was ready to submit my order it showed my total as $7.94 but when I just got my email confermation it shows they added tax to it for a total of $8.67....thats some BS there but still a great bargain.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2005, 10:08:14 PM »

lol! My state has the worst tax rate at 10% yet it was only 80 cents tax..still a great deal. Saves about $20 off normal prices.

well now my post looks funny since you deleted your "wont buy because of taxes" post smile
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2005, 08:59:44 PM »

Maybe this will help, lol - I'll ask a stupid question - actually a series of them!  I'm brand new to the DVD-R scene, finally joining the mod-ren age.

I recorded something for more than two hours, but it was awful, like a game with a frame-rate issue, not smooth and clear, kinda "skippy".  Was that because it just can't be done (a whole football game on DVD, oh my!), or was the disc maybe too small?  I'm not home right now, can't tell you the size of the disc, just wondering if that could've been it. I can find out later if it matters.

Thanks, and thanks for the tip if I can use them, lol...  Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2005, 11:47:55 PM »

Got my discs..they just arrived. Tested one out and it burned fine. Now I should have enough blanks to last a good long while.
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2005, 01:50:55 AM »

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I recorded something for more than two hours, but it was awful, like a game with a frame-rate issue, not smooth and clear, kinda "skippy".  Was that because it just can't be done (a whole football game on DVD, oh my!), or was the disc maybe too small?  I'm not home right now, can't tell you the size of the disc, just wondering if that could've been it. I can find out later if it matters.


It depends on many factors.  It sounds like this was most likely a capture issue.  Like your machine just can't capture video and compress it on the fly with whatever codec you are using.  Unfortunately, unless you either capture it at a smaller picture size or capture it with a less-taxing codec your machine might not be able to handle it.   The problem home users have is capturing video at the high resolution we expect from DVD.  There are video capture devices with compression chips on them but they are expensive.  Capturing uncompressed video takes a ton of disk space.

If you have the hardware for it you should be able to burn DVD's that look as good as those bought from a store.
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2005, 02:04:04 AM »

Thanks, Stiff!

I didn't half understand what you said, lol, but thanks for commenting - I'll run it by my local expert.  I'm thinking we have to get a better DVD recorder, and leave this one for one and two hour shows.  It's not a cheap-o, but it's not really hi-tech either.  And here I thought the VHS-quality days were over for football and baseball...  crybaby
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2005, 02:09:37 AM »

I thought you were talking about PC DVD-Recorders. :oops:

Sounds like you meant a standalone VCR replacement.  I have no experience with those.  Seems a bit odd that it would be choppy, though.  I know new ones allow you to change the compression to fit more on a disc, but that should just make it look a bit more pixelated (not as sharp), not choppy.
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2005, 02:38:18 AM »

*edited*

Wow. That's an awesome deal.
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2005, 02:58:56 AM »

One thing I've found is that if you are the last post and you edit then it won't say "edited by" and nobody will ever know you edited!

But don't tell anybody. ninja
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2005, 06:06:16 AM »

I know, somehow it just feels wrong without the edit notification though.
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2005, 09:04:03 PM »

Okay, enough about the Edit thing!  (I'm just jealous, cz I don't have a clue what you're talking about) :lol:

Is it "bigger is better" (no, Off Topic is the place for that comment!) on buying DVD-R's?  If I want to record a football game, ie, 3 to 4 hours, should I buy the largest capacity DVD-R available - we already managed to get it on one DVD (compressed, I guess), but it was disconcertingly choppy.  It would have been better to be watching a VCR tape if that gives you an idea!

Help!  Is this "Steals and Deals" a good idea for me?
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2005, 10:06:27 PM »

These discs are 4.7 gig and 2 hours of video. you probably need the 8.something gig dual layer discs for more video time.
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2005, 10:49:26 PM »

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Is it "bigger is better" (no, Off Topic is the place for that comment!) on buying DVD-R's?  If I want to record a football game, ie, 3 to 4 hours, should I buy the largest capacity DVD-R available - we already managed to get it on one DVD (compressed, I guess), but it was disconcertingly choppy.  It would have been better to be watching a VCR tape if that gives you an idea!


The thing you need to make sure is that your recorder can record on double-layer discs (the 8.5 GB).
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