The 1's and 0's don't care if they make up one file type or another.
"As it stands now my HD becomes fragmented and can cause errors anyway."
Say what? Many years ago we had very slow systems and that could be a problem during capture. Today I don't see this anymore.
"If anyone has a suggestion of software to reduce transcoding/DVD authoring errors it would be appreciated, I prefer freeware. I've tried Arcsoft ShowBiz DVD 2, Sony Vegas, VideoReDo, and Pinnacle Studio 10...none are worth their price tag to me."
Since the full version of Sony Vegas was for awhile all of 99 bucks it appears you will have to stick with what you can scrape up for free. Try VLCPLAYER for transcoding. Works without having to hunt down CODECs.
As to DVD authoring errors that never happens to me. Must be some buggy software you have today.
I want to know the most stable form to store video files till they are recorded. I record shows using MS WinXP MCE 2005 in .dvr-ms file type, and normally I edit them (DVR Edit), then convert them to MPG (AutoDVRConvert) and burn them (Nero 7 Ultra Edition).
I'm wondering if I would be able to safely store them if I converted them to .wmv (or a different file type), then edit (MS MovieMaker), and burn (Nero 7UE). My concern is that there may be transcoding errors or other issues that arise over time that would corrupt the file (more so than leaving them in the raw form) enough so it couldn't play on a DVD player w/o errors. I just fear that since .wmv are MUCH more compressed, it may be more likely to get errors or have errors during transcoding. As it stands now my HD becomes fragmented and can cause errors anyway. If anyone has a suggestion of software to reduce transcoding/DVD authoring errors it would be appreciated, I prefer freeware. I've tried Arcsoft ShowBiz DVD 2, Sony Vegas, VideoReDo, and Pinnacle Studio 10...none are worth their price tag to me.
If it is better to store as .wmv or makes no difference, does anyone know which dvr-ms to wmv transcoder is better (DVR2WMV or WMV Transcoder)? WMV transcoder I downloaded from this article about ''Fun with DVR-MS'':
Thanks in advance.