Product Type: LiteOn DVD recorders
Newest Review: ... the quality appears to downgrade slightly (and yes I have checked the settings are at high), though purchasing a gold plated scart did... more
Member Name: reverend green
Date: 30/09/04, updated on 01/10/04 (2428 review reads)
Advantages: Writes to all DVD formats, Very simple to use, Good value for money
Disadvantages: Input composite connection only
I bought the Liteon a couple of weeks ago so that I could transfer my analogue video camera tapes onto dvd. I am delighted with the results and found the unit very simple to use. The picture quality is very good on both the 1 and 2 hour setting, degrading slightly on the 4 hour setting.
The only drawback is that the unit sold in the UK (and Europe) is the 5005B, which only has a composite input connection through the SCART lead (I checked this with the manufacturer). This means that the picture quality is not quite as good as it could be. However, even taking that into consideration, the results are very good.
I am using the s-video connection to my telly as it gives a better picture quality than the composite feed through the SCART lead.
I bought the Bulkpaq Orange 8x DVD-R's as other reviews mention that they work fine. However, I found that I ended up with lots of coasters as the picture would freeze every minute on playback. I am now using the Ritek 4x DVD-R and Bulkpaq DVD+RW 4x with no problems.
Another point worth mention is that "Macrovision" software in the unit prevents copying of copyright material so you can't back-up copyrighted video tapes or dvd's.
I've found that I have various degrees of success in getting other equipment to read the DVD's produced by the unit. This is not a problem with the unit but more a case of compatibility with the DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW format. As I found later, modern DVD players and drives should be ok with reading them.
I havn't used the firewire connection yet but I'm sure this will be a real bonus when I convince the wife to let me buy a digital video camera.