Need A VCR

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May 8, 2007

Need A VCR by pikachucrackpipe at 4:08 PM (1,271 Views / 0 Likes) 15 replies

  1. pikachucrackpipe
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    There some VHS of some old comedy acts from HBO I want to back up to my tabletop DVD recorder however whenever I try to watch them and record, the DVD recorder stops because the video is copyrighted. Since I legally own the VHS tape, I am allowed a backup and it will not allow me to do so.

    Does anyone know of a VHS or DVD Recorder that will ignore the protection and let me back them up?
     
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    I might be wrong since I was just a kid when I used this stuff (21 yrs old now).

    Old VHS tapes don't have copyright protection, and even if it did there should be no way for the DVD recorder to tell since basically you're just recording an analog television station, except the station is being provided by the VCR. There's probably something wrong with the way you set up your cables.

    What they do have though is write protection. In the case I'm wrong this info might help. On the top of the VHS tape (where the VCR reads the tape) there's 2 holes on each side. If there's nothing there it means you can't copy over the tape. Simply taping it shut will allow you to write over VHS tapes with this protection. I guess in *theory* if the VCR was integrated into the DVD recorder it could use this to figure out that the tape is copyright protected, although this method is far from user friendly since you could just be write protecting your own recordings.
     
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    It sounds like Macrovision, you should be able to buy an adaptor to remove it from the signal.
     
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    Glacius0: analog signal protections exist, such as Macrovision [​IMG]
     
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    nevermind
    it wont work with dvd recorders.
     
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    Apprently it does remove Macrovision allowing for backups, so it should work.

    EDIT: The seller quotes a pricegrabber user review that mentions about it working to backup VHS to DVD.

     
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    are you referring to the dvd red product?
     
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    No the Sima Color Corrector Pro - SCC2 you linked to on eBay,
     
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    oh
    the auction said it wouldn't work with a dvd recorder - which i didn't understand why it wouldn't. it should record to anything with the ability to record.

    i'm going to try the tape method before buying anything.

    thanks!
     
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    +1 to the macrovision thing.
    Old VCRs (very early days: 1980s/late 70's dodge protection) and a fair few chinese players (imports of which are relatively hard to come across courtesy of sue happy people) however lack protection.

    There also exists so called macrovision busters but it unfortunately the sue happy crowd rain on that parade.

    You best bet though in my opinion is a capture card and some hacked drivers/apps that support it.

    Also VHS captures are a whole world of their own when it comes to video, quality is up (down?) there with various mpg videos and you will likely have to deal with stuff like stretched tape and rainbowing.
     
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    VCR?

    Whats VCR? [​IMG]



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    Some of us actually have precious memories stored on VCR :P
     
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    the comedy act im trying to backup is by far the funniest thing i have ever seen. its an act from the 80s but its from sam kinison and if i get it to dvd format, i might just share it on the net for your viewing pleasure
     
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    Same here!!! Or at least my parents have them... VCR + DVD Burner combo FTW [​IMG]
     

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