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    Recording via firewire on the 34XBR960 Dashboard
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    Last Reply: April 27, 2005, 2:00 pm

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    Author Recording via firewire on the 34XBR960
    dartloo

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    Joined: Dec 29, 2004
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    From: honolulu

      Posted: 2004-12-30 07:57

    Hi,

    Has anyone had any luck recording to a DVHS player via the firewire port?  I can get a JVC DVHS player pretty cheap right not but don't know if this is possible or not.  Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!


         


    jehill
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    Joined: Mar 13, 2003
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    From: Sewell, NJ

      Posted: 2004-12-30 20:19

    Welcome to Agoraquest!  I haven't tried it myself, but it should be possible.  Can you bring the JVC DVHS home to try it out first or do you plan on ordering it via the internet?

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    -John

    Sony A/V System: KDL-55XBR8, BDP-S550 and AVD-LA2500PKG, consisting of AVD-C70ES Super Audio CD/DVD Receiver, 4 SS-LA500ED surround speakers, 1 SS-LAC505ED center channel speaker and 1 SA-WD200 Active Subwoofer


       
    swelch

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    Joined: Jan 08, 2005
    Posts: 2
    From: New Mexico

      Posted: 2005-01-08 18:57

    Aren't the iLink (Firewire) ports input only on the 34XBR960? That's what it says in the User Manual, as I read it, and when I read the specs on-line, it only mentioned iLink as an input. So, I bought the TV assuming that this was not possible.





    Now you got my hopes up, though! So, I just spent 15 minutes looking through the Sony service manual and schematics, and I couldn't even find mention of the iLink ports. Anyone out there have a clue on this? It would be really great if we could record OTA HD broadcasts--my wife has already asked me for this, after she saw her first HD dance documentary. D-VHS recorders are available now for under $300, I notice.





    I'm charging up the battery of my ancient Sony DCR-PC7 to see if there is an output signal on those ports. I hope I can get a charge on this Li Ion battery--it has been sitting idle for over a year. If I get it working, I'll post my results.





    Crossing my fingers!

    St

    Note that I couldn't find the iLink ports in the schematics because I was impatient or incompetent--I'm sure they are there somewhere.


    [ This message was edited by: swelch on 2005-01-08 19:01 ]


          
    jehill
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    From: Sewell, NJ

      Posted: 2005-01-09 18:26

    From the "To do this..." list on p-90 of the User's Guide, it is apparent thay you may both record and playback via an i.LINK connection.

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    -John

    Sony A/V System: KDL-55XBR8, BDP-S550 and AVD-LA2500PKG, consisting of AVD-C70ES Super Audio CD/DVD Receiver, 4 SS-LA500ED surround speakers, 1 SS-LAC505ED center channel speaker and 1 SA-WD200 Active Subwoofer


       
    swelch

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    Joined: Jan 08, 2005
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    From: New Mexico

      Posted: 2005-01-26 16:10

    Yes, on Page 90 it says, "If the record button is available..."


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    On 2005-01-09 18:26, jehill wrote:
    From the "To do this..." list on p-90 of the User's Guide, it is apparent thay you may both record and playback via an i.LINK connection.


    However, my TV doesn't display the record button for either my old Sony MiniDV-Cam or my Powerbook, both of which it seems to detect and be able to communicate with to some extent.

    More detail: My Sony DCR-PC7 camcorder (which seems to record and play ok, but I admit may be broken, since I can't seem to call up the menus--it is very old) is detected on the XBR960's iLink menu as a "Camcorder" on the left and as an "iLink device" on the right hand side of the "iLink Device List" display. When connected, in camcorder VCR mode in the camcorder viewfinder I see only a blue screen (no video), with the words "DV in" on the lower right appearing immediately when the 4 pin to 4 pin iLink cable is plugged into the TV and disappearing when unplugged. If I hit play on the XBR menu or the Camcorder, I can see the video from the tape playing on the XBR screen, but no matter what I do, I can't seem to get video to go the other way, out the XBR's iLink port to the camcorder.

    The only other iLink capable device I have handy is my G4 Aluminum Powerbook, and iMovie. The powerboook is detected by the XBR as an "Other Device", "Apple Computer, Inc Maci" [the rest is cutoff by the box], but I can't get the Mac to detect the XBR when I am in iMovie (it says only, "No Camera Attached". Since the Mac can't see the XBR, it can't doesn't try to export the signal, I guess? I know I am patheticky inept with iMovie, but it doesn't seem to be working.

    Any suggestions, or has anyone else tried this? I've wandered about checking all the inputs and menus I can find, but I still haven't had time to crack the schematics. I'll be buying a new Mini-DV Camcorder soon for other unrelated reasons, and maybe I'll have better iuck with it.

    St



          
    jehill
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    From: Sewell, NJ

      Posted: 2005-01-26 16:55

    It sounds like you are at the mercy of the i.LINK (IEEE 1394) drivers that each manufacturer provides for their product.  Its reasonable to assume that the drivers provided with newer products are more complete, but I wouldn't bet on it.  Its also possible that newer drivers are available at each manufacturer's web site.  I would check that out.

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    -John

    Sony A/V System: KDL-55XBR8, BDP-S550 and AVD-LA2500PKG, consisting of AVD-C70ES Super Audio CD/DVD Receiver, 4 SS-LA500ED surround speakers, 1 SS-LAC505ED center channel speaker and 1 SA-WD200 Active Subwoofer


       
    newmedialabman

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    Joined: Apr 27, 2005
    Posts: 1
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      Posted: 2005-04-27 14:00

    Folks:

    The Firewire/USB/Cardbus interfaces that are implemented (plus the ATA disk drive which is not implemented) in these machines all come from what Sony calls the QBOX -- which seems to be an "undocumented" (i.e. not detailed in the Service Manual) part of these machines.  The 34XBR960 docs tell you how to route cables to the QBOX but nothing about what's inside.

    The QBOX is a fairly complete computer, based on a 300MHz ATI Xilleon processor with 128MB of flash memory and 128MB of DRAM.  It runs Linux and presumably someone could "hack" into this machine.  There is even a "Service Only" interface which presumably could be used to flash some new code or even connect a "console."

    Anyone interested in exploring . . . ??

    Mark 


       
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