help please: Does MCE give better quality than old good VCR ?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Avner Gideoni, Apr 9, 2004.

  1. thinking upgrading to MCE 2004.

    since no TV guide available here, my only goal is to use it as a digital VCR to achive better quality
    After reading many of the threads here, i am afraid i won't have not much quality upgrade.

    what to expect
     
    Avner Gideoni, Apr 9, 2004
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  2. Avner Gideoni

    Jason Tsang Guest

    Let's put it this way.

    MCE won't make your picture better than it already is. With a lossy
    compression format, quality isn't going to improve when you record. If you
    think about it, this is not unsimilar to recording to a normal VCR (the
    source will always be better quality than the recording).

    There will be some quality loss in the MPEG2 encoding depending on the
    nature of the piece that is being recorded and the quality settings you
    choose.

    That said, it is hard to objectively say whether one method will be better
    than the other. That's a subjective decision that will have to be made with
    your own eyes (dependent on the settings you choose).

    Also keep in mind other factors other than just quality. There are
    advantages to having your files in a digital format, there are advantages to
    having your files on tape. And there are disadvantages for each.

    Unfortunately, this is something where there is no one single correct
    answer.
     
    Jason Tsang, Apr 9, 2004
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