Because my DirecTIVO lacks a digital output (there's a USB jack, identifed in the manual as "reserved for future use"), I have been using a clunky but previously successful method to archive TV shows to DVD:
1. Record onto DVD-RW on a Panasonic DVD writer via S-video and RCA audio cables.
2. Load the DVD into my iMac G5 using MPEG Streamclip.
3. For each episode, edit out commercials, fix timecode breaks, export as MPEG.
4. After completing several episodes, import MPEG files into Toast to burn a DVD-R.
Typically the DVD-RW used to move the content into the Mac is recorded in the 4 hour mode. With Toast 7 I was able to burn nearly 4 hours (e.g., 5 one-hour TV shows minus commercials run about 3:45). I recently upgraded to Toast 8, which gives me the "not enough space on disc" message when I attempt to record that much. Documentation indicates recording is limited to 2 hours.
This raises several questions:
1. If the files I started with fit on a 4.7Gb DVD, why won't they fit after going through Toast
(does the conversion to MPEG expand them)?
2. Is there a "better" format to convert to from MPEG Streamclip for burning in Toast?
3. How do I create a new Video_TS folder containing the edited VOB files so that I can use
the "Video from Video_TS" and "Fit to Disc" options in Toast?
4. Any other suggestions for ?
5. Finally I'd welcome any recommendations for on-line or printed materials to help me learn
more about the various file types and working with digital video. Thank you.