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by Monode
Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:35 am
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

My Rainbow Runner was playing back near broadcast quality video from IDE and SCSI-2 HDDs from my Pentium 150 machine back in 1997! TiVo is using compressed video whereas the Video Toaster is a professional system that can deal with multiple streams of uncompressed HD thesedays. That said, two ATA66 ...
by Monode
Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

I feel those regurgitating 'Big files don't get fragmentation' need to reconsider their tenure of the subject. The very fact that DX wrote such a poignantly clear and concise description and I happen to know from personal experience that a new company was amply prepared to invest considerable sums o...
by Monode
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

God yeah, I'd forgotten how like running a traction engine Linux was back then actually. Nice post! :o)
by Monode
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:58 am
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

Gomezz - With all respect, what you are saying is fragmentation still happens. I know people in their 20s who record a dozen shows plus a week and lets not forget that the TiVo looks at what you likes, runs the titles through a database and finds where similar programmes are on and records them auto...
by Monode
Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

Okay, I do 3D animation. Some years ago, probably 10 now, we sold Video Toaster which required fast, noisy, expensive Ultra SCSI drives in a RAID 5 to make it work. Each channel of uncompressed TV requires 26Mb of data per second sustained. We knew one guy who ran it off two ATA66 drives striped tog...
by Monode
Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

Precisely, thats why it does defragging on the fly.

The very nature of a file structure means any drive will get fragmented. Whether you are dealing in 1k files or multi-exabyte slabs, its all the same thing.
by Monode
Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

Since they recently stopped the nightly dial-up EPG update there must be mountains of Series 1 TiVos out there making their way to landfill. Chris et all; I know a guy who's flatmate wrote the software for the TiVo. It runs Linux internally and the really clever bit on it is the HDD defragging whic...
by Monode
Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

Hehe - Thanks for not flaming me chaps and chapesses! :o) I have my father's old LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD & DVD recorder which has sockets on the front and back for video input and it records at different selectable bitrates. All I need do is pop the top and see what format the hard drive is using. M...
by Monode
Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:20 am
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

I have about 500 VHS tapes I want to convert to digital video - Do you have any idea how much space they use up?!? {:o| Video cameras have no line inputs in this country and friends on the continent laugh at us. If they did have inputs then they would be VCRs and have a higher tax rating. Often thou...
by Monode
Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: New users start here
Topic: Recording External Sources
Replies: 28
Views: 13788

Recording External Sources

Hi, I just got a 5800 and to my great disappointment it cannot record from the SCART input. Is there any way this can be enabled in firmware or is it hardware locked? I'm currently considering the cost of a PC based video capture unit against time spent researching and replacing the 2nd unused Toppy...
by Monode
Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:42 am
Forum: New users start here
Topic: HDD Failure - how to confirm.
Replies: 6
Views: 4177

Hi, first post here as I just discovered the Topfield. Firstly DON'T USE Windows!!! It does all sorts of nasty things to bare drives, writes signatures, marks sectors as bad, keeps trying damaged data until the drive's firmware locks up or just dies and can't see pretty much anything other than FAT1...