recording speed determines the number of hours you will use on the DVD-XP=60mins;SP=120mins;LP= 240 mins;Ep=360 mins.;SLP=480 mins; Be aware that the more hours you use on the DVD, the lower the recorded picture quality will be (see page 34 of the manual)
If you shot the tape with your own camcorder, you can do it....check the manual. But, if you recorded it from a public television program, you cannot do it, since virtually all television programs are encoded to prevent copying. You also cannot purchase a commercial tape or DVD and succeed making a copy.