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Do you record the SD channel when recording SD programming?

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by kucharsk, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. kucharsk

    kucharsk Godfather

    Sep 19, 2006
    The brochure for the 722 implies you can shut off channel overlay so that the HD and SD channels appear as separate channels.

    Do most of you do this so that when recording/viewing SD programming on HD channels you don't have to put up with the channels' forced stretched modes (ala TBS HD/TNT HD) and/or letterboxed SD picture within a 16:9 frame (such as with Doctor Who on Sci-Fi HD)?

    I have a DVD recorder that I use to save off SD content and am trying to figure out the best way to continue to do this with a 722.
  2. dturturro

    dturturro AllStar

    Nov 24, 2004
    For pure PQ I'd record the HD channel and let the box/TV upcomvert it. Not sure how this would affect your DVD. I would think you could still use the RCA output to record a downconverted picture.
  3. Rob Glasser

    Rob Glasser Hall Of Fame Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2005
    I typically record the HD channel no matter what because it always looks better, except for the forced stretch modes, that drives me nuts. I still prefer Dr. Who zoomed from SciFi HD then it in letterbox mode on SciFi SD.

    The only exception I really have is all my timers for the kid's cartoons and Disney shows. They have so many of them I don't want them overrunning all the other recordings I have so I have them all SD.
  4. kucharsk

    kucharsk Godfather

    Sep 19, 2006
    Do you know what is output via the S-Video out when viewing the HD channel?

    Is it a forced letterboxed 4:3 picture, making say Doctor Who windowboxed on the SD output?

    I know I can zoom the HD output, but I'm wondering if that would still give me the same letterboxed 4:3 picture for my DVD recorder on an SD out that recording the SD channel would.
  5. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I suppose if I was recording something I knew was in SD and I might not watch it for a while, I might go SD so it didn't take a lot of space... but most of the time I'd rather watch the better channel and especially so if I was going to keep the recording for a while.

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