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Is there anyone out there that has experience in copying VHS tapes to DVD's or CD's.

Something to do while I rehab from knee surgery.

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post #2 of 7 Old Nov 10th, 2008, 1:04 pm
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I would try the dual vhs/dvd players. The higher end ones will probably let you do this.

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What you need is a DVD recorder. As with most consumer electronics, there are dozens of choices in all price ranges and quality levels. The trick is figuring out what balance works for your needs.

You can get dual-deck VCR/DVD player/recorders which have the advantage of less cables and usually an auto-start recording feature (press play on the VCR and the DVD starts recording instantly). Or if you already have a good VCR you can get a separate DVD recorder and just hook it up using standard video cables. You can also get units with a built-in hard disk, so that video can be saved directly on the device without needed to use disposable DVD media.

The big push now is towards Blu-Ray technology. This will record and play back in a higher resolution, but since you're copying from VCR that's really no big deal. If you have or are planning to get an HD TV then a Blu-Ray player may be helpful, but for most folks it's not strictly necessary.

I don't have any specific brand/model recommendations, other than to say that Google is your friend.

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Another option is to have a reasonable size second disk in your Mac/PC, a video card (TV capture card, they are pretty cheap now) and then you can play the VHS to your computer, edit it if you want or add titles etc with some of the cheap editing software (there's even some free or almost free stuff out there I think) then burn it to the DVD.
Perhaps a little more involved, depending on your computer skills.... but maybe cheaper than buying a DVD recorder.
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Try this.......
http://www.avermedia-usa.com/AVerTV/...il.aspx?Id=453

It will allow you to connect a VCR to your computer and record from it. It is also a great "Over the air" or Cable/Satellite HD TV tuner and PVR.

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Is there anyone out there that has experience in copying VHS tapes to DVD's or CD's.

Something to do while I rehab from knee surgery.

Thank you - Jim
Depending on what you're trying to copy, most computer based and stand alone DVD burners will enforce the copy protection mechanisms of the tape.

You may need one of these to copy the tapes correctly.

I use a Phillips DVD recorder that I got on sale at Best Buy for $59 and has composite, s-video and DV inputs - works great, and quality is not a big deal since the quality of VHS tapes is sub-par anyway, anything more than a "standard" DVD burner would be a waste.

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Depending on what you're trying to copy, most computer based and stand alone DVD burners will enforce the copy protection mechanisms of the tape.

You may need one of these to copy the tapes correctly.

I use a Phillips DVD recorder that I got on sale at Best Buy for $59 and has composite, s-video and DV inputs - works great, and quality is not a big deal since the quality of VHS tapes is sub-par anyway, anything more than a "standard" DVD burner would be a waste.
looks like I have a number of protected VHS videos and will need this device. I went and purchased a box from Radio shack that is working ok, but slow, as it plays and records at the same time. I need to know how long the recording is to set up the copy correctly.

thank you for all the input.

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