statl wrote:Since I originally posted this problem, I found the specific cause. The trouble seems to be if I am recording a program that has an AM starting time and a PM ending time (Or a PM starting time and an AM ending time). So a show that is on 11am till 2pm recorded in FR mode would only use a small portion of the disc resulted in poor picture quality. Again, this is only when doing a timer recording utilizing Flexible recording. I'm not sure if the problem is with my specific Panasonic DVD recorder, or if this is a common problem. But but not using FR in this situation, I have not had anymore problems of this type
Thanks, statl! Glad to hear you resolved your problem and thanks for the info.
I have been experimenting the last few days and I should have known this before but just realized that the F Rec should only be used if you are going to use the timer or "Schedule" programming.
Even by using the Pause button only and not using Stop, the DVD reverted to EP (and the 8 hr, not the 6 hr I have set up) when I recorded "live".
I guess this makes sense because you have to tell the DVD Recorder how much time you will be recording so it knows how to record in the best mode in order to fill the DVD. So one (scheduled) recording only is what I can figure out.
I am going to throw out the DVD+R's I used before that only used up a small portion of the tape and go back and re-record what I did before and this time just record in SP for the 90 mins. If I do the scheduled recording, I cannot edit out the commercials.
Thanks to all, for your help!